House approves state unemployment system reform legislation

The Michigan House of Representatives today unanimously approved legislation authored by state Rep. Joe Graves, chair of the House Oversight Committee, fixing Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA). The measure is part of a bipartisan bill package based on the findings of a workgroup consisting of legislators and other stakeholders. The bill creates a new process…

Rep. Graves applauds end to punitive driver responsibility fees

Fees were money grab by previous administration   State Rep. Joseph Graves today said he voted in favor of a bipartisan legislative package to eliminate driver responsibility fees and forgive outstanding debt, ending what he called a bad law brought about by irresponsible government. Graves, of Argentine Township, said driver responsibility fees became law when…

Rep. Graves votes for first responder protection bills

State Rep. Joe Graves today voted in support of a three-bill package to expand protections on police, fire, corrections and emergency medical services personnel, citing a recent attack on an officer at the Bishop International Airport in Flint as a key reason. “Jeff Neville did nothing to prompt being stabbed, just wore his airport officer’s…

Rep. Graves honors hero injured in Bishop International Airport terrorist attack

State Rep. Joe Graves today honored Bishop International Airport Authority Lt. Jeff Neville with a special tribute commending him for his acts of heroism during a terrorist attack on June 21, 2017. Despite being stabbed in the neck by the terrorist, Neville continued to answer the call of duty and showed great bravery in protecting…

Rep. Graves announces grant for Fenton redevelopment

Project expected to create jobs, economic investment   State Rep. Joseph Graves today announced a state grant to fund clean-up and redevelopment of a downtown Fenton site. Graves, of Argentine Township, said the $543,743 Michigan Community Revitalization Program performance-based grant enables TJK Fenton to develop a vacant and contaminated site in downtown Fenton and construct…

Rep. Graves commends charges resulting from GRHV investigation

State Rep. Joe Graves today supported the criminal charges coming out of Attorney General Bill Schuette’s investigation into mistreatment of patients at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans (GRHV). Eleven former caregivers at the GRHV were charged today by Schuette for intentional inclusion in patient medical records or charts of misleading or inaccurate information. “It’s…

Rep. Graves highlights progress made on top priorities

State Rep. Joe Graves of Linden today said he is pleased with the progress made so far this legislative session on the issues important to the people of Genesee and Oakland counties. “I committed to working on reforms that improve the quality of life for Michigan veterans, and I’m happy to report significant progress in…

Rep. Graves highlights progress made by House Oversight Committee

State Rep. Joe Graves, chair of the House Oversight Committee, noted the committee’s progress in discussing and approving legislation over the first six months of the 2017-18 House session.             “I am beyond pleased with the hard work and bipartisan support that has been present within our committee,” said Graves, of Linden. “The House Oversight…

Rep. Graves promotes June 27 as PTSI awareness day

State Rep. Joe Graves is encouraging residents to take a step back and acknowledge June 27 as Post Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI) Awareness Day in the state of Michigan. Ten thousand Michigan veterans are expected to return to the state every year for the next three to five years after spending significant time in combat…

Rep. Graves votes for budget that increases public safety

State Rep. Joseph Graves today joined his House colleagues in approving a state budget that increases funding for public safety, helping protect families throughout neighborhoods in Michigan. Graves, of Argentine Township, said the budget provides added money for both state and local law enforcement. “We are providing funds to train 150 new Michigan State Police…

Rep. Graves votes ‘yes’ on opioid protection package

Bipartisan bill package approved by state House State Rep. Joe Graves, of Linden, today voted in support of a bipartisan bill package to help reduce instances of opioid overdose, which has become one of the fastest growing public health concerns. The bill package combats the state’s growing opioid and prescription drug abuse and addiction epidemic…

Graves’ legislation allows Legislature to hold local governments accountable

Legislation introduced by state Rep. Joe Graves to increase the Legislature’s oversight of local governments was approved today by the Michigan House of Representatives. The bills allow the House and Senate oversight committees to subpoena records and files in an effort to hold local governments accountable. “The legislation ultimately aims to prevent bankruptcy of fiscally…