Rep. Mary Whiteford, R-Casco Twp.; audio on Kalamazoo River greenway plan

Rep. Whiteford talks about her meeting Friday with personnel from the Outdoor Discovery Center to discuss the development of the Kalamazoo River Greenway.  Rep. Whiteford helped facilitate a grant for the greenway and conducted hearings across the area during 2018.  Rep. Whiteford says her meeting Friday will chart a course for the implementation of plans…

Rep. Mary Whiteford, R-Casco Twp.; on work on Committee on Committees

Rep. Whiteford talks about her work over the next few weeks on the special House Committee on Committees, that will make committee assignments for members of the Michigan House for the chamber’s 2019-2020 session.  Rep. Whiteford says that with more than three dozen new House members arriving at the Capitol in 2019, assigning committees, where…

Rep. Mary Whiteford, R-Casco Twp.; audio on PACE program and help for families

Rep. Whiteford talks about House approval of her House Resolution 384, which designates September PACE Awareness Month in the state of Michigan.  During its 23 years of existence, Rep. Whiteford says PACE, which stands for Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly, has been instrumental in keeping Michigan residents out of nursing homes and living at…

Rep. Mary Whiteford, R-Casco Twp.; audio on mental health crisis hotline legislation

Representative Whiteford talks about her HB 6202, which would establish a statewide mental health crisis hotline.  Representative  Whiteford testified on the legislation before the House Health Policy Committee Wednesday and says she thinks the plan, which would connect individuals going through a mental health crisis, or members of their family, with professional services, could save…

Rep. Mary Whiteford, R-Casco Twp.; audio on recreational planning for Kalamazoo River

Rep. Whiteford, who chairs the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of Environmental Quality, talks about her efforts to establish a broad-based recreational plan for the Kalamazoo River in Allegan County.  Three meetings have been held so far in the area under the direction of the Outdoor Recreation Center, and Rep. Whiteford says she hopes…

Rep. Mary Whiteford, R-Casco Twp.; audio on rural broadband legislation

Rep. Whiteford talks about her HB 5670, currently pending in the House Communication and Technology Committee, which is designed to encourage the expansion of broadband services to unserved and underserved areas of Michigan through the creation of a fund and governing board.  Rep. Whiteford says a similar system is already operating in Minnesota and has…

Rep. Mary Whiteford, R-Casco Twp.; audio on mental health crisis hotline legislation

Rep. Whiteford talks about her HB 6202, which would establish a mental health telephone hotline referral system within the Michigan Department of Human Services.  Rep. Whiteford, who has worked as an emergency room nurse, says trained professionals answering a call could assess the needs of an individual and refer them to a behavioral health professional…