Graves wants increased awareness for rare child conditions

State Rep. Joseph Graves has introduced a resolution to increase awareness for Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections (PANDAS) and Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS). PANDAS describes a subset of children and adolescents who have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) or tic disorders, whose symptoms worsen following strep infections such as “Strep throat” and…

Rep. Graves honors local fallen hero during service at special House session

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Joseph Graves (at podium) reads off the name of U.S. Army Sgt. Michael S. Yachanin, of Fenton, to the House chamber on Thursday during a Michigan House session commemorating the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Yachanin, who died on Oct. 6, 2017, was memorialized with other first responders and members of the…

Rep. Graves issues statement on the Children’s Protective Services performance audit

House Oversight Committee Chair state Rep. Joe Graves, of Argentine Township, Thursday issued the following statement regarding the Office of the Auditor General’s performance audit related to Children’s Protective Services (CPS) Investigations within the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services:   “Nothing will ever be more important than making sure children are growing up…

Rep. Graves votes to protect Michigan’s children

Landmark bipartisan plan approved by state House State Rep. Joseph Graves, of Argentine Township, today issued the following statement after the state House approved a 28-bill bipartisan plan to strengthen Michigan’s response to criminal sexual conduct by penalizing sexual predators, helping survivors and protecting Michigan’s residents: “The problem of sexual assault goes beyond what Larry…

Rep. Graves votes to give extra funding for road repair efforts

Roads in Genesee and Oakland counties would benefit from legislation unanimously approved today by Rep. Joe Graves and the Michigan House of Representatives. The $175 million bill provides additional money for road preservation and construction across Michigan as early this summer. “This is what happens when you budget and save responsibly,” said Graves, of Argentine…

Rep. Graves: It’s time to end driver responsibility fees

Legislation ends collection Oct. 1, forgives debt   State Rep. Joseph Graves today voted for legislation to end punitive driver responsibility fees and forgive outstanding debt. Graves, of Argentine Township, said the fees became an economic hardship for hundreds of thousands of Michigan families, many of whom were forced to depend on public assistance after…

Graves votes to override governor’s veto of tax relief

Legislator: Override means faster vehicle sales tax relief for Michigan State Rep. Joe Graves voted Wednesday to accelerate sales tax relief for Michigan families buying motor vehicles by overriding a gubernatorial veto with his House colleagues. The House vote means additional tax relief for people buying cars, trucks and SUVs with a trade-in. Current law…

Rep. Graves named ‘Newsmaker of the Year’ by Gongwer

State Rep. Joe Graves of Argentine Township was selected “Newsmaker of the Year” by the Gongwer News Service for his work to reform the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA). Graves was recognized for “an extraordinary bipartisan workgroup, convened and led by Mr. Graves, with stakeholders from both sides that would painstakingly assemble an eight-bill package overhauling…

Rep. Graves ends year with perfect voting record

State Rep. Joe Graves, of Argentine Township, completed the year with a 100-percent voting record, taking part in every roll call vote during the 2017 legislative session. “There is no such thing as a day off when it comes to representing the people of the 51st District,” Graves said. “Our neighbors sent me to Lansing…

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…