House approves Rep. Whiteford’s DNR prescribed burn bill

Legislation ensures local townships are informed of burns The Michigan House of Representatives unanimously approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Mary Whiteford to ensure the Michigan Department of Natural Resources informs local township officials and 911 Dispatch before conducting a prescribed burn. The bill requires the DNR to notify township supervisors and 911 dispatch centers…

House committee approves Rep. Whiteford special education bill

Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Mary Whiteford to allow intermediate school districts (ISDs) to hire the best-qualified special education teachers was approved today by the House Education Reform Committee. Current law requires ISDs to give preferential treatment during the hiring process to candidates who were previously employed as special education teachers with another school district…

Budget panel votes to increase transparency in Department of Environmental Quality

The House Department of Environmental Quality budget subcommittee has approved a responsible budget that also increases transparency within the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, state Rep. Mary Whiteford of Casco Township announced. The budget bill requires the DEQ to provide information to the Legislature on the status of projects funded by the Clean Michigan Initiative…

Rep. Whiteford to host local office hours

State Rep. Mary Whiteford of Casco Township today announced that she will hold local office hours on Monday, April 10 and Monday, April 24. “Office hours are a great way to connect with residents of Allegan County and discuss the topics that matter most to them,” Rep. Whiteford said. “I encourage anyone with ideas or…

Allegan ESA superintendent testifies for Rep. Whiteford bill

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Mary Whiteford was joined by William Brown, superintendent of the Allegan Area Educational Service Agency, in testifying before the House Education Reform Committee today. Whiteford, of Casco Township, and Brown spoke in support of legislation which will allow local school districts to find the best qualified teachers for special education programs…

Rep. Whiteford: People deserve more government accountability

State Rep. Mary Whiteford joined the House of Representatives today in upholding the bipartisan commitment to make government more accountable and accessible to the residents of Allegan County and Michigan. Whiteford, of Casco Township, voted on an 11-bill government transparency package to make the governor and lieutenant governor subject to the Freedom of Information Act…

Whiteford bill improves DNR’s communication with local officials

Allegan County resident speaks before House panel in support of legislation State Rep. Mary Whiteford, of Casco Township, today was joined by Anthony Garofalo, former deputy supervisor of Valley Township, to testify in support of a bill Whiteford introduced to ensure the Michigan Department of Natural Resources informs local township officials and 911 Dispatch before…

Rep. Whiteford kicks off March is Reading Month at local schools

State Rep. Mary Whiteford of Casco will kick off March is Reading Month at Dawson Elementary School in Allegan on Friday, March 10. Whiteford plans to visit 10 schools in the area over the month of March. “As a mother and grandmother, one of my favorite activities is to read to my granddaughter and I…

Rep. Whiteford: families and future are priorities in House Action Plan

State Rep. Mary Whiteford, of Casco Township, joined her colleagues today in unveiling the Michigan House Republican 2017-18 Action Plan. Whiteford stated that one of her major priorities this legislative term is increasing broadband internet access to families in rural areas throughout Michigan, including those in Allegan County. The Action Plan states that the House…

Rep. Whiteford seeks feedback from locals

State Rep. Mary Whiteford, of Casco Township, today announced that she will hold local office hours throughout Allegan County. “I want to hear feedback directly from the people I represent,” said Rep. Whiteford. “I’m able to represent our local communities best when I know what issues matter the most to our residents.” Rep. Whiteford will…

Bipartisan bills increase government transparency

Whiteford: We’re holding elected officials accountable State Rep. Mary Whiteford said today’s introduction of bipartisan legislation to make state government more transparent is another sign of the House’s commitment to be more accountable and accessible to the people of Michigan. Whiteford, of Casco Township, joined her colleagues in announcing the reform plan to make the…

Rep. Whiteford will play key role in developing state budget

Legislator now leads Environmental Quality Subcommittee State Rep. Mary Whiteford, of Casco Township, was today named chair of the Michigan House Appropriations Environmental Quality Subcommittee by Speaker Tom Leonard. Whiteford was also appointed to serve as vice chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture and Rural Development as well as a member of the Licensing…