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….

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…