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…

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…

Panel approves Rep. Farrington bill to reform state disaster funds

The House Appropriations Committee today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Diana Farrington to reform the state fund that helps communities during disasters. Farrington, of Utica, wants the state to keep a greater amount of emergency funds available that may be used to help local governments recover from catastrophes. Farrington and state Rep. Steve Marino,…

Rep. Farrington bill makes medical sexual assault examinations more affordable

State Rep. Diana Farrington of Utica today testified in the House Michigan Families, Children, and Seniors Committee in support of her bill to help assault victims by making medical forensic examinations more affordable. “Providing these medical examinations for sexual assault victims is necessary to ensure their mental and physical health,” Farrington said. “These victims should…