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…

Rep. Lower: Governor’s vetoes show she’s obsessed with her own power; cares little for those suffering

Plan created property tax flexibility for those impacted by COVID-19 shutdown, dam flooding State Rep. James Lower, of Greenville, today criticized Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for vetoing legislation that would have granted many Michigan homeowners and business owners more flexibility for 2020 summer property taxes. “This legislation passed with unanimous bipartisan support in the Michigan House…

Yaroch pushes for fireworks safety measures

State Rep. Jeff Yaroch, of Richmond, introduced a pair of bipartisan proposals that would bring much-needed reforms to address ongoing safety concerns within Michigan’s current fireworks laws. Yaroch said his office has received complaints from constituents about people lighting off fireworks too close to structures. Yaroch’s first measure, House Bill 5004, would make it illegal…

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.

Rep. Schroeder: Health of Michigan students is top priority of ‘Return to Learn’ plan

By Rep. Andrea Schroeder of Oakland County’s Independence Township When COVID-19 shut down our schools this spring, I was amazed to see the creativity Oakland County teachers and parents used to keep students engaged while sheltered at home. In Clarkston Community Schools, hundreds of Chromebooks, headphones, and hotspots were distributed to those in need for…

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….