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…

Rep. Graves invites residents to Groveland Township office hours

State Rep. Joseph Graves of Argentine Township today announced he will host office hours on Monday, June 5 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Groveland Township Hall located at 4695 Grange Hall Road in Holly. Sen. Dave Robertson will also appear as a special guest. “Hosting office hours is one of the most important…

Rep. Graves casts yes vote for more government transparency

State Rep. Joseph Graves today praised his colleagues for taking another step forward in making state government transparent as the House passed landmark legislation on a strong bipartisan vote. Rep. Graves, of Argentine Township, said the legislation makes the governor and lieutenant governor subject to the Freedom of Information Act and creates a similar disclosure…

Rep. Graves: Action Plan offers tax cut, skilled trades guidelines

State Rep. Joseph Graves, of Argentine Township, today said the new House Republican Action Plan sets forth achievable goals that focus on cutting Michigan families’ tax burden and boosting skilled-trades education. Graves said the main emphasis should be on reducing and eventually eliminating Michigan’s income tax, which is the target of legislation in both the…

Rep. Graves encourages people to fish free this weekend

Ice likely not an option because of warm temperatures   State Rep. Joseph Graves today urged people to take advantage of Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend this Saturday and Sunday by casting a line into a local lake or river. Graves, of Argentine Township, said he is looking forward to fishing during the weekend, and urges…