Rep. Lightner, Michigan House work to protect nursing home residents during COVID-19 pandemic

Rep. Sarah Lightner of Springport yesterday voted to help protect nursing home residents by rectifying the governor’s policies that have put them in danger during the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Whitmer’s mandate to put COVID-19 patients into long-term care facilities alongside uninfected residents was decided by her alone through executive orders — without any legislative input….

Rep. Lightner, House vote to permit outdoor social drinking zones, cocktails to-go

Bipartisan measures to help local establishments adapt to COVID-19 times State Rep. Sarah Lightner this week joined her House colleagues in overwhelmingly approving bipartisan legislation giving Michigan bars and restaurants a new source of economic support in a time when they need it most. Lightner, of Springport, cosponsored the measures that would allow local municipalities…

Rep. Lightner calls on state unemployment agency to get needed benefits to out-of-work people

Legislator says residents are struggling to get claims fulfilled State Rep. Sarah Lightner, of Springport, today invited residents from her House district encompassing Eaton, Jackson and Lenawee counties to speak before Michigan legislators on issues they’ve experienced securing needed unemployment benefits. The Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic has been tasked with looking into…

Crafting budget requires collaboration, tough decisions

By state Rep. Sarah Lightner of Springport   The outbreak of COVID-19 has definitely been taking up most of our attention lately, and understandably so. In Lansing, the state budget has often been the elephant in the room. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, this is something that is always at the top…

Rep. Lightner: Governor’s new ‘stay home’ order a step in the wrong direction

Common-sense adjustments needed without compromising public health State Rep. Sarah Lightner today said the Governor’s extended and expanded ‘stay home’ executive order is too restrictive, putting more limitations on Michigan job providers and infringing on residents’ constitutional rights. “I don’t envy the position the Governor is in at all, and with that in mind I…

Rep. Lightner: Latest executive order ends in-person school instruction

By Rep. Sarah Lightner of Springport The fight against coronavirus continues on many fronts – and one of the areas where it has had the most dramatic impact is in our schools. A new executive order – issued by the governor with bipartisan input from the Legislature – will keep schools closed for the rest…

Rep. Lightner urges residents to stay calm, heed governor’s stay-at-home order

State Rep. Sarah Lightner urged residents to remain calm and follow the stay-at-home order issued today by the governor to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan. Lightner, of Springport, said the order directs residents to stay in their homes unless they’re working a job in a critical service industry, engaging in outdoor activities,…

Community support is paramount amid coronavirus pandemic

By state Rep. Sarah Lightner of Springport   The world, our country and state are truly in unprecedented times as we face the rapidly evolving challenges of a global health pandemic. A lot has transpired recently, including reported coronavirus cases in both Jackson and Eaton Counties, as well as Michigan’s first confirmed deaths as a…

Rep. Lightner votes for more resources to support coronavirus response in Michigan

Rep. Sarah Lightner today voted to provide more money for state and community response to coronavirus, including resources to boost testing and help health care providers keep up with demand. Lightner joined the Michigan House in approving an additional $125 million for coronavirus response. The measure brings the total state funding approved in the past…

Reps. Lightner, Alexander committed to helping community combat coronavirus

Jackson County reports first positive case of COVID-19 State Reps. Sarah Lightner and Julie Alexander today said they have been in constant communication with state and local health officials about the spread of coronavirus in Michigan and remain so after the first presumptive positive case of COVID-19 was identified in Jackson County last night. The…