Rep. O’Malley: UIA must improve communication, availability as desperate people seek payments owed

State Rep. Jack O’Malley today welcomed state Unemployment Insurance Agency Director Steve Gray to a hearing of the Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic, while calling into question Michigan’s emergency preparedness as people remain without needed unemployment benefits. “Michigan’s emergency management and how they prepare the state for issues like this has been poor,”…

Rep. Frederick plan to improve education advancement heads to governor

State Rep. Ben Frederick’s plan to improve dual enrollment access for students and ensure full eligibility for high school seniors in the upcoming school year is on its way to Gov. Whitmer’s desk following unanimous passage in the House and Senate today. Under current dual enrollment laws, Michigan high school students may take approved postsecondary…

Rep. Whiteford plan improving access to telehealth signed into law

Bipartisan plan makes preventative and routine health care more accessible for Michigan patients and families A bill introduced by state Rep. Mary Whiteford to improve access to health care for Michigan Medicaid patients via telehealth has been signed into law. Currently, telemedicine visits between patients and health care providers must be done in real time…

Rep. Afendoulis: Social anarchy can’t be tolerated in Michigan

            In an effort to keep Michigan families safe and to protect communities from looting and destruction, state Rep. Lynn Afendoulis today introduced a plan establishing harsher penalties for the crime of “social anarchy.”             The Afendoulis plan serves as a response to recent rioting and looting across Michigan. Afendoulis, of Grand Rapids Township, said…

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. Calley: New law allows communities to more efficiently count absentee ballots

Governor signs Calley’s plan to help clerks process influx of mail-in ballots State Rep. Julie Calley’s plan giving local communities a new option to streamline the processing of absentee ballots has been signed into law. Calley, of Portland, said city and township clerks throughout Michigan are expecting a significant increase in the number of absentee…

Lilly announces Return to Learn plan prioritizing student safety as school resumes

$1.3 billion plan implements robust distance learning, safety measures State Rep. Jim Lilly joined House and Senate colleagues in unveiling a plan to ensure the safety of Michigan students as learning resumes in the fall. The Return to Learn plan, announced Tuesday morning during a Capitol press conference, requires local school districts and health departments…

Slagh announces plan for students to safely return to school in the fall

State Rep. Brad Slagh, of Zeeland, joined House and Senate colleagues in unveiling a plan to ensure the safety of Michigan students as learning resumes in the fall. The plan, announced Tuesday morning during a Capitol press conference, requires local school districts and health departments to work together to develop health and safety standards, for…

Rep. Hall: UIA’s communication crisis creates mistrust, frustration as people continue to wait on unfulfilled claims

Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic Chair Matt Hall, of Marshall, today issued the following statement after hearing testimony Wednesday from Steve Gray, Director of Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency: “UIA is not communicating in an acceptable fashion with laid-off Michigan workers or the Legislature, which is actively trying to connect the agency with people…

Rep. Alexander: Student safety top priority in Return to Learn plan

$1.3 billion plan implements safety measures and flexibility State Rep. Julie Alexander, of Hanover, today announced her support for a practical and flexible plan that will ensure the safety of all Michigan students as learning recommences in the fall. The House-Senate plan, announced this week during a Capitol press conference, requires local school districts and…

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…