Rep. Calley: Plan finalized to end budget impasse, reverse governor’s cuts

State Rep. Julie Calley today voted to reverse the governor’s cuts to initiatives helping the state’s most vulnerable residents – ending a budget impasse. Calley, of Portland, joined the Legislature in restoring funding to public safety, education, veterans’ services and several other programs. A measure sponsored by Calley – restoring more than $1 million for…

Rep. Calley is looking out for patients with eye drop prescriptions

State Rep. Julie Calley’s legislation requiring insurers to cover early prescription eye drop refills was signed into law this week. Calley said that more than two-thirds of people, especially seniors and young children, have trouble administering prescription eye drops, which causes them to run out of the prescribed medication sooner. Because prescription eye drops are…

Rep. Calley invites residents to local office hours

State Rep. Julie Calley welcomes residents to office hours in two communities on Monday, Dec. 16. Rep. Calley will meet with constituents at the following locations: 10 to 11 a.m. at Portland City Hall, 259 Kent St. in Portland; and Individual meetings from 1 to 2 p.m. followed by a legislative update from 2 to…

OPINION: Protecting Going PRO as Michigan goes into the future

By state Rep. Julie Calley of Portland Continuing Michigan’s economic comeback is vital for our future. We need sound policy measures that help our state become a better place to live, work and raise a family – like the Going PRO initiative. Established in 2014 as the Skilled Trades Training Fund, Going PRO has been…

Rep. Calley: Michigan’s car insurance reforms are working

MCCA rate reduction first sign of savings from new law State Rep. Julie Calley today said a fee reduction announced by the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association is a positive indication that Michigan drivers will save money through the state’s recent car insurance reforms. The MCCA announced it will charge a $100 per vehicle assessment for…

Rep. Calley welcomes winners of summer reading contest to state Capitol

State Rep. Julie Calley welcomed seven students and their families to the Capitol to be junior representatives for a day and experience the life of a Michigan state representative. Local students entered the contest by reading books over the summer, filling out a bookmark with their name and the list of books that they read,…

Rep. Calley plan ensures wrongfully convicted are properly compensated

The Michigan House of Representatives has approved state Rep. Julie Calley’s plan to ensure people who were wrongfully convicted of a crime have adequate time to file for monetary damages they may qualify for. Calley, of Portland, said Michigan passed a law in 2016 to compensate people for the years in which they were wrongfully…

Rep. Calley hosts local office hours

State Rep. Julie Calley welcomes residents to office hours in two communities in November. Rep. Calley will meet with constituents on the following dates: Monday, Nov. 18 at the Barry County Courthouse, Commissioners’ Chambers, 220 W. State St. in Hastings. Individual meetings will be from 1 to 2 p.m. with a legislative update from 2…

Rep. Calley legislation to ‘Raise the Age’ signed into law

State Rep. Julie Calley of Portland attends a press conference by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announcing the signing of a bipartisan criminal justice reform package. Rep. Calley’s legislation in the package would end the policy requiring all 17-year-olds to be treated as adults for the purposes of criminal sentencing, even for the most minor offenses.

COLUMN: We must work together to reverse governor’s cuts to autism services

The following column, by State Reps. Ben Frederick and Julie Calley, first appeared in Bridge Magazine on Oct. 16: Over the next year, thousands of Michigan families will have their lives forever changed by an autism diagnosis. As parents of special needs children, both of us remember the fear and uncertainty we felt when our…

Rep. Calley: Historic ‘Raise the Age’ reforms advance to governor’s desk

State Rep. Julie Calley’s plan to end the policy requiring all 17-year-olds to be treated as adults in Michigan’s criminal justice system is on its way to the governor’s desk. Calley, of Portland, said Michigan is one of just four states still requiring all 17-year-olds to be prosecuted as adults – even those who commit…

Governor signs Rep. Calley’s plan to clarify Michigan’s campaign finance rules

State Rep. Julie Calley’s plan to simplify and improve transparency in Michigan’s campaign finance laws has been signed into law. Calley, of Portland, said her legislation will help people understand the campaign finance process by eliminating inconsistencies and providing precise rules, especially regarding prizes and gifts associated with fundraising. “This is a common practice that…