Rep. Farrington calls first six months of term a success

State Rep. Diana Farrington today said she is pleased with the progress she and her colleagues have made thus far this legislative term on issues that matter most to the people of Macomb County. “I’ve listened to people’s needs when it comes to prioritizing tax dollars,” said Farrington, of Utica, who took office in January….

Rep. Farrington highlights progress made by House Financial Services Committee

State Rep. Diana Farrington, chair of the House Financial Services Committee, noted the committee’s progress in discussing and approving legislation over the first six months of the 2017-18 House session. “I am pleased with the unanimous, bipartisan support that has shown itself within our committee,” said Farrington, of Utica, citing a pair of bills that…

Rep. Farrington’s resolution tabs July as Craft Beer Month in Michigan

The Michigan House of Representatives recently adopted a resolution introduced by state Rep. Diana Farrington declaring July as Craft Beer Month across the state. Michigan is fifth in the nation in the number of breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs and the number of breweries in Michigan has more than doubled since 2010. Having seen a boom…

Rep. Farrington: Budget item helps protect Macomb’s most vulnerable residents

State Rep. Diana Farrington today said an item for Macomb County Community Mental Health (CMH) in the state budget recently approved by the Michigan Legislature will help protect some of the county’s most at-risk residents. Farrington, of Utica, said the $5 million expenditure will enable Macomb CMH to restore service to those in need. The…

House approves Rep. Farrington bill to ensure processing of medical sexual assault exams

The Michigan House of Representatives on Tuesday approved legislation authored by state Rep. Diana Farrington to help assault victims by increasing the funding available for medical forensic examinations. “Sexual assault is a horrendous crime that has become a widespread issue in our communities,” said Farrington of Utica.  “These victims should never be forced to foot…

Rep. Farrington announces June office hours

State Rep. Diana Farrington of Utica will host local office hours this month and encourages residents to bring their thoughts or concerns about state government. “I am always excited to personally meet with residents and hear about issues that matter to them,” Farrington said. “One of my top priorities is to remain accessible to those…

Rep. Farrington votes for budget with record-high K-12 funding

Spending blueprint also includes skilled-trades training   State Rep. Diana Farrington today joined her colleagues in the House to approve the state budget, which includes record spending on K-12 education and prioritizes training for people who want to work in vocational jobs. Farrington, of Utica, said the schools in the community she serves will receive…

Committee advances bills to ban female genital mutilation

The House Law and Justice Committee approved bipartisan legislation today to prevent female genital mutilation in Michigan, a week after hearing testimony from state representatives on the package that includes seven bills and one resolution. Female genital mutilation (FGM) is any procedure performed on girls, starting at the age of 4, which is intended to…

House advances bills to reform disaster funding

The Michigan House today approved legislation introduced by state Reps. Steve Marino and Diana Farrington to reform the formula used to distribute state disaster funding to Michigan communities. The bills will help local governments more quickly obtain sufficient emergency funds to deal with disasters. “As demonstrated by the Macomb County sewer failure and the resulting sinkhole, getting state funds…

Bipartisan female protection bills assigned to House Law and Justice Committee

A bipartisan legislative package that criminalizes female genital mutilation was introduced in the state House of Representatives on Tuesday and has been assigned to the House Law and Justice Committee. “The committee looks forward to considering this important legislation,” said state Rep. Klint Kesto, chair of the Law and Justice Committee. “We must do what…

Rep. Farrington bill offers mortgage refinance option for low-income families

Program could help homeowners avoid foreclosure State Rep. Diana Farrington’s legislation allowing the Michigan State Housing Development Authority to create a mortgage refinance program was approved today by the House Financial Services Committee. Farrington, of Utica, said the Legislature temporarily authorized MSHDA to offer mortgage refinancing in 2008, but that authority ended in 2011. MSHDA…