Michigan House approves Rep. Whiteford’s mental health support hotline

State Rep. Mary Whiteford’s plan to create a permanent, statewide mental health hotline to connect people in need with vital support services was overwhelmingly approved today by the Michigan House. The Legislature previously approved a plan authorizing a temporary pilot program in at least three geographically diverse areas. Whiteford’s new legislation would make a permanent…

Rep. Whiteford: ‘Raise the Age’ reforms approved by House committee

Plan ends policy requiring 17-year-olds to be treated as adults in court The House Judiciary Committee today unanimously approved state Rep. Mary Whiteford’s plan to improve the way 17-year-olds are treated in Michigan’s criminal justice system. Whiteford, who sponsored the plan alongside a bipartisan group of her colleagues, said Michigan is one of just four…

Rep. Whiteford issues statement on new PFAS commission

State Rep. Mary Whiteford, of Casco Twp., issued the following statement in response to the governor’s creation of a new panel to study the water advisory limit for PFAS:  “Governor Whitmer has taken an important step to protect the health of all Michigan families that builds on 15 months of careful scientific investigation, research and…

Rep. Whiteford announces April office hours

State Rep. Mary Whiteford will meet with Allegan County residents during scheduled office hours next month. “It is the conversations I have locally that help me know what is working, what’s not, and what I can do to help,” Rep. Whiteford said. “I genuinely value the input, so I hope you’ll join me next month…

Rep. Whiteford votes to make state government more accountable

Plan extends open record requirements to governor, Legislature State Rep. Mary Whiteford today voted to approve a bipartisan plan to make state government more accountable to the people of Michigan. Whiteford, of Casco Township, said the House unanimously approved the multi-bill proposal. “These changes are long overdue,” Whiteford said. “It’s time to give the people…

Rep. Whiteford receives Legislator of the Year Award from MPA

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Representative Mary Whiteford receives the Michigan Pharmacists Association’s Legislator of the Year award. Joining her are MPA’s Larry Wagenknecht and Deb Sopo. State Rep. Mary Whiteford, of Casco Township, has received the Legislator of the Year Award from the Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA). “It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by…

Rep. Whiteford votes to expand Schutmaat Park

State Rep. Mary Whiteford today voted to support the continued renovation of Schutmaat Park in Heath Township. The legislation approved by the House Appropriations Committee includes $50,000 to further expand the park and make room for continued improvements. The planned improvements are part of a four-year undertaking by the local community to restore the community…

Rep. Whiteford announces March office hours

State Rep. Mary Whiteford will meet with Allegan County residents during scheduled office hours next month. “District office hours are a great way to connect and hear from members of the community,” Rep. Whiteford said. “I encourage area residents to attend and share the issues important to them and to their families.” Rep. Whiteford will…

Whiteford testifies in support of mental health support hotline

State Rep. Mary Whiteford testified before the House Health Policy Committee Thursday on her plan to establish a hotline that would connect individuals experiencing mental health crisis with the support they need. Whiteford said she was inspired by the many individuals she heard from during last year’s statewide House C.A.R.E.S. Task Force tour and by…

Whiteford joins colleagues for Action Plan unveiling

State Rep. Mary Whiteford, of Casco Township, joined her colleagues on Tuesday for a press conference outlining the priorities that will guide House Republicans over the next two years. Whiteford said she’s encouraged by the inclusion of priorities such as reforming auto insurance, improving health care access and expanding rural broadband in the 2019-2020 plan….