Michigan House approves plan to demand transparency from governor with COVID-19 data

The Michigan House today approved a concurrent resolution authored by state Rep. Luke Meerman, of Coopersville, to demand transparency from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer with information related to COVID-19. “Throughout this devastating COVID-19 crisis the governor has issued over 100 executive orders based on healthcare data and science she has gathered,” Meerman said. “Unfortunately, that data…

Ottawa County lawmakers: Our area is ready to reopen

State Reps. Bradley Slagh, Jim Lilly and Luke Meerman, along with Sen. Roger Victory, today said Gov. Whitmer owes Ottawa County an explanation in the form of transparent documentation and metrics that support her reasoning for keeping area restaurants, retailers, health care facilities and businesses from reopening. The governor announced Monday that the Upper Peninsula…

TRUSTING MICHIGAN’S HEALTH CARE EXPERTS

A column by state Rep. Luke Meerman, of Coopersville The health community is desperate to care for people, but many hospitals, medical centers and other essential medical providers are facing dire financial hardships due to the coronavirus pandemic. If our smaller hospitals fail, our communities will suffer. If we don’t lead proactively, we could lose…

Rep. Meerman supports extending COVID-19 emergency order through April

Lawmaker says additional clarity still needed from governor State Rep. Luke Meerman today supported extending Michigan’s state of emergency order related to coronavirus through the end of April, but said the people of Michigan deserve clarity and a more pragmatic approach to who is allowed to work. “Many people are out of work because of…

Rep. Meerman joins influential Michigan House Ways and Means Committee

State Rep. Luke Meerman of Coopersville will serve on the House Ways and Means Committee for 2020, providing a unique opportunity to advance a wide range of reforms benefitting Ottawa County and the entire state of Michigan. Updated committee appointments were announced today by House Speaker Lee Chatfield. The Ways and Means Committee is one…

Rep. Meerman sets up Nativity scene at state Capitol

State Rep. Luke Meerman, of Coopersville, took over the informal tradition of setting up a Nativity scene on the east lawn of the Michigan Capitol building today. For five years, former Sen. Rick Jones took it upon himself to obtain a multi-day permit for the Nativity scene. Sen. Jones would then personally travel to the…