Rep. Whiteford: Michigan vigilant in identifying, combating PFAS contamination

State Rep. Mary Whiteford today said the state must continue to take proactive action to identify and address chemical contamination in Michigan. Whiteford, of Casco Township, said Michigan’s vigilance on the issue is what led to the recent identification of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water in Parchment and Cooper Township in Kalamazoo…

Rep. Whiteford: Budget plan benefits environment, keeps families safe

Legislator votes for 2018-19 spending blueprint   State Rep. Mary Whiteford today voted for a state budget that reins in state spending while reducing debt and preserving key environmental safeguards. Whiteford, of Casco Township, serves on the House Appropriations Committee and chairs the Appropriations Environmental Quality Sub-Committee. “The most important responsibility that we have as…

Senate panel approves Whiteford plan setting standards for invasive medical treatments

State Rep. Mary Whiteford today announced the Senate Judiciary Committee has approved her plan to set specific standards for invasive medical procedures while requiring medical records for such exams be retained longer. “There are no guidelines in the state of Michigan for these changes, but the Larry Nassar scandal showed us all that standards must…

Rep. Whiteford welcomes local students to House floor

State Rep. Mary Whiteford recently welcomed students from Plainwell High School to the floor of the Michigan House of Representatives.  The students were in Lansing attending the Michigan Association of School Boards Conference.  Rep. Whiteford discussed school safety, Title IX, and Gov. Snyder’s Marshall Plan for Talent with the students. “I was impressed with the…

Rep. Whiteford announces June office hours

State Rep. Mary Whiteford of Casco Township will host local office hours on Monday, June 18. “Receiving feedback from my constituents is a crucial part of my commitment to Allegan County residents,” Whiteford said. “I look forward to hearing what is important to people back home and making sure that follows me to Lansing.” Rep….

House approves Whiteford plan setting information standards for invasive medical treatments

The state House today approved State Rep. Mary Whiteford’s legislation to set specific standards for invasive medical procedures while expanding record retention requirements for such examinations. “A child’s safety is crucial to every parent. It should be just as important to every medical professional to share that responsibility,” said Whiteford, a registered nurse. “The specific…

Rep. Whiteford bill addresses rural broadband needs

State Rep. Mary Whiteford today offered testimony before the House Communications and Technology Committee on her plan to assist communities to fund broadband access to residents and businesses. House Bill 5670, the “Broadband Investment Act”, creates a seven-member board made up of individuals representing townships, counties and telecommunication providers. The team will be tasked with…

Rep. Whiteford to host local office hours

State Rep. Mary Whiteford today announced plans to meet with Allegan County residents during her scheduled office hours. Office hours will take place on Friday, May 18 at Allegan County Transportation, 750 Airway Drive in Allegan from 9 to 10:30 a.m. “Engaging with residents in a casual setting is a great way to foster dialog…

Legislation increases transparency in prescription drug costs

Whiteford: It’s time to level the playing field State Rep. Mary Whiteford today introduced a bill to protect consumers from skyrocketing prescription drug costs. According to Whiteford, there’s a lack of transparency when it comes to the powerful companies that manage drug benefits for insurers and employers and the prices they negotiate. Many of these…

Noble testifies on bill to revoke medical licenses for misconduct

Legislation is part of House package in response to the Larry Nassar scandal PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Jeff Noble today spoke before the House Law and Justice Committee, supporting his plan to revoke a medical professional’s license if they are convicted of sexually abusing a patient under the guise of a medical procedure.

Rep. Whiteford testifies on need for specific standards on invasive medical treatments

PHOTO INORMATION: State Rep. Mary Whiteford, of Casco Township, today testified on her legislation to set standards for sensitive medical procedures while expanding record retention requirements to 15 years for such examinations in order to protect patients. Her comments came during a House Law and Justice Committee hearing reviewing legislation in response to a House…

Rep. Whiteford plans consumer education forum on identity theft

State Rep. Mary Whiteford has scheduled a consumer education event in partnership with the Michigan Attorney General’s Office to educate residents on identity theft. The forum will feature information on protection against identity theft and what steps to take in the event you become a victim of this crime. “As technology continues to become more…