News From Rep. Kivela

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
LANSING — The Michigan House of Representatives approved State Representative John Kivela’s  (D-Marquette) bill, House Bill 5146, today to increase the penalties for illegally bringing a deer carcass into Michigan from another state that is known to have deer that have tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD).

"I thank my colleagues for supporting my efforts to protect our deer herd, and the businesses and communities that rely on a healthy deer herd and...

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

LANSING – State Representative John Kivela (D-Marquette) today thanked his colleagues in both the Senate and House for sending a bipartisan package of bills to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk that would further aid in the efforts to combat meth addiction in Michigan. The bills address the problem of people who attempt to solicit someone else to purchase ephedrine or pseudoephedrine, which are used in the production of methamphetmine. Kivela’s bill is House Bill 4864. The...

Thursday, April 28, 2016

LANSING — State Representative John Kivela (D-Marquette) was joined by his daughter Shelby, who is a registered nurse, at the House Regulatory Reform Committee yesterday. Ms. Kivela testified before the committee on the issue of nurse to patient ratios.

“I was proud to sit with my daughter, Shelby, as she testified before the Regulatory Reform Committee regarding this very important issue. Patient safety is always a top concern for hospitals as new treatment and care...

State Representative John Kivela (D-Marquette) listens as his daughter, Shelby Kivela, a registered nurse, testifies before the House Regulatory Reform Committee about nurse-to-patient staffing levels on Wednesday, April 27.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

LANSING – State Representative John Kivela (D-Marquette) today thanked Republican state Rep. David Maturen (R-Vicksburg) for introducing House Bill 5578, which would require the Michigan Tax Tribunal to make its own independent determination when issuing a decision in a dark store case. Maturen led a workgroup on the dark store issue. Kivela was the only Upper Peninsula member of the workgroup.

“I want to thank Rep. Maturen for introducing HB 5578, while also thanking all...

Thursday, March 17, 2016

LANSING — State Representative John Kivela (D-Marquette) spoke against House Bill 4895 during session in the Michigan House of Representatives today because it gives an unfair advantage to big-box retailers wanting a beer and wine license for their gas stations at the expense of smaller gas stations.

HB 4895 would essentially create a carve-out for big-box stores who operate fuel pumps in front of their larger stores. The bill allows for the use of the...