Rep. Whiteford introduces plan to reform juvenile justice in Michigan

‘Raise the Age’ plan treats 17-year-olds as minors in court system State Rep. Mary Whiteford today introduced legislation as part of a bipartisan plan to transform the way 17-year-olds are treated in Michigan’s criminal justice system. Michigan is one of just four states to automatically prosecute 17-year-olds as adults when they’re accused of breaking the…

Rep. Whiteford announces February office hours

State Rep. Mary Whiteford will meet with Allegan County residents during scheduled office hours in February. “I want to hear about what matters most to people in our community,” Whiteford said. “My job, after all, is to be their voice at the Capitol so I encourage everyone to attend.” Rep. Whiteford will be available Monday,…

Whiteford hits the ground running

Second-term lawmaker reintroduces measures from 2018-19 term State Rep. Mary Whiteford, of Casco Township, is continuing her efforts to improve health care in Michigan with four proposals reintroduced for the 2019-20 legislative term. Whiteford recently introduced: House Bill 4042: Enacts the “Nurse Licensure Compact,” which would bring Michigan’s nurse licensing system into accord with other…

Rep. Whiteford to chair DHHS budget committee

Legislator will serve on House Appropriations Committee State Rep. Mary Whiteford has been appointed to serve on the Michigan House of Representatives Appropriations Committee. She will serve as chair of the Health and Human Services Subcommittee. The House Appropriations Committee is responsible for helping determine the state government budget and ongoing supplemental budget appropriations. At…

Whiteford applauds new Michigan CARES Hotline

Hotline will provide direction for those experiencing mental health crisis State Rep. Mary Whiteford, who previously served on the House C.A.R.E.S. Mental Health Task Force, says she was proud to support the general fund supplemental appropriations bill, which included the creation of a mental health crisis hotline pilot program. Whiteford made this recommendation to the…

Rep. Whiteford takes ceremonial oath of office on House floor

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Mary Whiteford of Casco Township was sworn in for her second term as representative of the 80th District today. Administering the Oath of Office on the House Floor was Supreme Court Justice Stephen Markman. Joining Rep. Whiteford was her four-year-old granddaughter, Reese. ###  

Whiteford’s plan is now law: ensures patients receive help quickly, efficiently

Psych bed database inspired by C.A.R.E.S. Task Force recommendation State Rep. Mary Whiteford’s plan to ensure every person experiencing a mental health crisis has a place to go has been signed into law. House Bill 5439 establishes the Inpatient Psychiatric Bed Registry, a statewide database of all inpatient psychiatric beds. The Department of Health and…

Rep. Whiteford announces January office hours

  State Rep. Mary Whiteford will meet with Allegan County residents during scheduled office hours this month. “I want to begin this new legislative term by hearing directly from residents,” Rep. Whiteford said. “I encourage anyone with ideas or questions about state government to attend and look forward to seeing everyone.” Rep. Whiteford will be…

Rep. Whiteford continues perfect voting record

State Rep. Mary Whiteford (R-Casco Twp.) has finished her first full term in the state House with a perfect voting record, taking part in all 1,554 votes during the 2017-2018 session. “Being a voice for our district at the state Capitol is something I take very seriously,” Rep. Whiteford said. “I have not missed a…

Rep. Whiteford announces December office hours

State Rep. Mary Whiteford announced plans to meet with residents of Allegan County during scheduled office hours. “I want to have the opportunity to meet with as many people in the community as possible,” Whiteford said.  “Office hours are an excellent way to meet with constituents from Allegan County and hear what matters most to…

Rep. Whiteford will help determine House committees

Legislator will serve on temporary Committee on Committees State Rep. Mary Whiteford will help determine House committee assignments for the 2019-20 Michigan House legislative session after being named a member of the Committee on Committees by Speaker-elect Rep. Lee Chatfield. Whiteford, of Casco Township, said she is looking forward to helping establish committee assignments based…