Rep. Bellino: Michigan health care workers deserve protection from COVID-19 lawsuits

State Rep. Joe Bellino today said health care workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic in Michigan deserve the legal protections provided in a plan recently approved by the Legislature. Bellino, of Monroe, said health care professionals have been forced to make incredibly difficult decisions while caring for patients under strained circumstances due…

Rep. Bellino: House approves Return to Learn plan

State. Rep. Joe Bellino and his colleagues in the Michigan House last night approved a plan to ensure the safety of Michigan students as learning resumes in the fall. The Legislature’s plan empowers local school districts and health departments to work together to develop health and safety standards that are best for their unique areas….

Rep. Bellino plan to combat opioid prescription fraud signed into law

Legislator: E-scripts will help prevent abuse, overdose State Rep. Joe Bellino’s plan to cut down on fraudulent prescriptions and combat Michigan’s growing opioid abuse was signed into law today. The legislation calls on doctors to send all prescriptions through a secure computer system, preventing anyone but the doctor from issuing prescriptions. “The coronavirus pandemic has…

Senate approves Rep. Bellino plan to combat opioid prescription fraud

Legislator: E-scripts will help prevent abuse, overdose State Rep. Joe Bellino’s plan to cut down on fraudulent prescriptions and combat Michigan’s growing opioid abuse was approved unanimously by the Michigan Senate. The legislation calls on doctors to send all prescriptions through a secure computer system, preventing anyone but the doctor from issuing prescriptions. “While we’ve…

Rep Bellino: Return to Learn plan maximizes learning; prioritizes student safety

$1.3 billion plan implements robust distance learning, safety measures State Rep. Joe Bellino, of Monroe, today announced his support for a sound plan that will help keep Michigan students safe as learning resumes in the fall. The House-Senate plan, announced this week during a Capitol press conference, requires local school districts and health departments to…

We needed leadership, what we got was political posturing

As a sitting member of the state Legislature, I know firsthand how slowly the government can move. That is why emergency powers exist, to allow swift action when necessary and legally warranted. The COVID-19 pandemic is exactly that, an emergency where swift action was necessary. Emergency powers are not intended, however, for political posturing, which…

Rep. Bellino: House unveils regional roadmap to recovery

State Rep. Joe Bellino today announced a regional, safety-focused approach to restarting Michigan’s economy and re-establishing a semblance of normalcy in the COVID-19 era. House Republicans unveiled a blueprint on Monday to help move the state toward a rolling restart – an approach based on the prevalence and risk factors of the virus, which varies…

Rep. Bellino responds to governor’s stay- at-home order, COVID-19

State Rep Joe Bellino, of Monroe, issued the following statement after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivered her Stay Home, Stay Safe executive order: “I know times are tough right now because of the coronavirus, but I know we will get through this together. We can all do our part by staying home and taking responsible precautions…