Vaupel appointed to nursing home task force

State Rep. Hank Vaupel, chair of the House Health Policy Committee, has been appointed by Gov. Whitmer to serve on the state’s Michigan Nursing Homes COVID-19 Preparedness Task Force. The nursing home task force has until Aug. 31 to provide the governor with recommendations for how COVID-19 patients should be cared for at nursing home…

Rep. Filler donates new flag to Mount Rest Cemetery

State Rep. Graham Filler presents a state of Michigan flag to veteran Bob Paksi. The new replacement flag will be flown at Mount Rest Cemetery located at 701 East Steel St. in St. Johns. Also pictured are American Legion Post 153 officers Ervin Currie, Judy Winslow, and Mitch Louth.

Henry Ford says COVID drug Glenn helped clear “saves lives”

Clinical trial: Hydroxychloroquine cut death rate in half among already sick patients, without side effects Dearborn, Mich. – Rep. Annette Glenn, R-Midland, Thursday said she was glad to learn the results of The Henry Ford Medical Center’s clinical trial of the drug hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) for COVID-19 patients, which found the drug cut the number of…

Rep. Kahle: Adrian receives grant for development of affordable housing

State Rep. Bronna Kahle today said the city of Adrian has been awarded a grant to assist a downtown rental rehabilitation project. The $242,790 federal community development block grant was approved this week by the Michigan Strategic Fund. The funding will help with a project renovating two vacant historic buildings into four new residential apartments….

Rep. Markkanen: Enbridge awards community safety grants to local police, fire agencies

State Rep. Greg Markkanen today said a round of community safety grants awarded by Enbridge will provide a welcome boost for several local public safety agencies. Enbridge recently awarded $7,500 grants to the Michigan State Police Wakefield Post, Iron County Sheriff’s Office, Iron County Emergency Management and 911, and Wakefield Fire Department. Enbridge Safe Community…

Rep. LaFave: The wait is over; rate relief for U.P. drivers has arrived

Rollout of state’s new no-fault law a major milestone After nearly 50 years of being forced to purchase what became the most expensive car insurance in the nation, Michigan drivers will finally begin to see the benefits of the state’s car insurance reforms as the new law officially takes effect, Rep. Beau LaFave announced today….

Rep. Whiteford measure to establish crisis stabilization units heads to Senate

Units would assist patients as a short-term alternative to psychiatric hospital care A bill introduced by state Rep. Mary Whiteford establishing crisis stabilization units in Michigan has been approved by the House of Representatives. Crisis stabilization units are small inpatient facilities that provide care for people during a mental health crisis. Currently, individuals experiencing mental…

Rep. Hall highlights new car insurance law taking effect today

State Rep. Matt Hall, of Marshall, today underscored new no-fault reforms in Michigan that will deliver long-overdue relief to drivers throughout the state. Hall was instrumental in advancing the landmark legislation as it went through the Michigan House. For nearly 50 years, Michigan drivers have been forced to purchase what has become the most expensive…

Rep. LaFave says governor’s administration shut down UP State Fair

State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, today criticized Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of State Licensing and Regulatory Affairs for trampling on a time-honored Upper Peninsula tradition. The UP State Fair, held outside in Escanaba every August, was cancelled on Tuesday. According to LaFave, LARA threatened to revoke Escanaba-based Skerbeck Carnival’s license…

Rep. Webber: Outdoor social drinking zones, cocktails to-go signed into Michigan law

Bipartisan, bicameral legislation spearheaded by Reps. Michael Webber (R-Rochester Hills) and Sarah Anthony (D-Lansing) and Sen. Aric Nesbitt (R-Lawton) giving Michigan bars and restaurants a new source of economic support in a time when they need it most were signed into law today by the governor. The new laws allow local municipalities to establish designated…