Rep. Whiteford legislation to help reform insurance assigned claims

State Rep. Mary Whiteford has introduced legislation to reform claims through the Michigan Assigned Claims Plan (MACP) and testified in support of her bill in the House Insurance Committee today. Specifically, Whiteford’s bill clarifies the Michigan Automobile Insurance Placement Facility (MAIPF)’s claims process, refining the organization’s function regarding eligibility and review of a claim. “There…

Rep. Whiteford legislation eliminates outdated regulation

Former Allegan county clerk testifies in support of bill State Rep. Mary Whiteford today welcomed former Allegan County Clerk and Register of Deeds Joyce Watts to speak in support of her legislation to eliminate an outdated law that requires men to include their marital statuses on certain documents. Whiteford said current law requires a male…

Rep. Whiteford bill to help special education programs moves to Senate

Legislation introduced by state Rep. Mary Whiteford that removes hiring restrictions for intermediate school districts (ISDs) was approved by the State House on Thursday. House Bill 4166 removes the requirement that an ISD give preferential status in hiring decisions to candidates formerly employed with other districts or a comparable state agency. Multiple ISDs voiced their…

Rep. Whiteford: Budget is a fiscally sound blueprint

State Rep. Mary Whiteford today voted for passage of the state budget, joining her colleagues on the House Appropriations Committee in approving the spending plan and sending it to the full House for consideration. Whiteford, of Casco Township, who serves as chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Environmental Quality, said the Appropriations Committee focused on…

Rep. Whiteford praises committee passage of school budget

Legislator says funding boost will benefit local schools State Rep. Mary Whiteford today applauded the House Appropriations Committee’s passage of the school budget for the coming fiscal year, which includes record funding for K-12 education and boosts spending for higher education. Whiteford, of Casco Township, who serves on the committee, said the budget proposal benefits…

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…