Time to update costly, inefficient regulations that hurt U.P. job providers

Imagine working in an industry where the rules that dictate how you do your job haven’t been updated in more than 40 years. Might be time to re-evaluate some things, right? Unfortunately, that is the reality for the many Upper Peninsula businesses that work on projects regulated by the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA). These…

Rep. Cole issues statement after judge orders Line 5 to shut down

State Rep. Triston Cole of Mancelona today issued the following statement after an Ingham County judge ruled Enbridge must completely shut down both pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac, even though only one has been damaged: “Shutting down both pipelines that carry natural gas liquids through national and international grounds is an enormous disruption to…

Rep. Kahle plan to increase high school access to CTE, college courses heads to governor

State Rep. Bronna Kahle’s plan to expand dual enrollment access for high school students seeking summer education opportunities was unanimously approved by the Legislature and now moves to the governor’s desk to be considered for state law. Currently, Michigan high school students may take approved postsecondary classes and are eligible for tuition reimbursement; however, students…

Rep. Yaroch reviews COVID-19 impact on nursing homes during subcommittee hearing

Last week, State Rep. Jeff Yaroch dug into a controversial state policy which places people who have tested positive for COVID-19 into nursing homes and long-term care facilities with healthy residents, saying the people of Michigan deserve to see the science behind this questionable policy. Yaroch chairs a House Appropriations subcommittee devoted to the Department…

Rep. Vaupel plan improving access to telehealth signed into law

Bipartisan plan makes health care more accessible for Michigan Medicaid patients A plan spearheaded by state Rep. Hank Vaupel, of Fowlerville, to improve access to health care for Michigan Medicaid patients via telehealth has been signed into law. Currently, Michigan Medicaid doesn’t cover telemedicine visits, and state law requires telemedicine visits between patients and health…

Reps. Sheppard, Camilleri pave way for future rail crossing separation projects

Bipartisan plan to create statewide grade separation program approved by House Following decades of blocked rail crossings, a bipartisan effort between State Reps. Jason Sheppard (R-Temperance) and Darrin Camilleri (D-Brownstown), would solve some of Michigan’s most critical transportation issues by setting up a statewide fund to build grade separations at the most troublesome rail crossings…

Bipartisan plan protecting patients from surprise medical bills advances to Senate

A plan spearheaded by state Rep. Roger Hauck to protect Michigan residents from the practice of surprise medical billing has been approved by the Michigan House. Surprise medical bills typically stem from a disagreement between a patient’s insurer and an out-of-network medical provider, leaving the patient stuck with the bill. Patients often either do not…

Glenn supports tax relief for flood and virus victims

Plan passes Michigan House and Senate, now heading to governor  Rep. Annette Glenn, R-Midland, and the state House of Representatives Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a plan to provide tax relief to families in Midland County devastated by severe flood damage after the failure of the Edenville Dam. Glenn said the measure will provide more flexibility for…