News From Rep. Kivela

Friday, December 16, 2016

LANSING — State Representative John Kivela (D-Marquette) said that while Michigan and the Upper Peninsula need an energy plan, the plan passed by the Legislature yesterday doesn’t address U.P. energy issues and that is why he voted no on Senate Bills 437 and 438.

“I voted no on Senate Bills 437 and 438 because, in my opinion, we clearly missed an opportunity to provide a true long-term energy plan that would benefit all of Michigan’s...

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

LANSING — State Representative John Kivela (D-Marquette) said that he is pleased the package of speed limit bills, including his House Bill 4426, won House approval yesterday. Kivela’s bill now goes to Gov. Rick Snyder to be signed into law.

“My legislation creates a new lower penalty of one point for drivers ticketed for going one to five miles per hour over the posted speed, which under current state law is a two point offense,”...

Friday, June 10, 2016

LANSING — State Representative John Kivela (D-Marquette) said today that he’s pleased that his bill concerning prison kitchens, House Bill 4748, was voted out of the House Committee on Oversight and Ethics this week. The bill would require that prison kitchen facilities have food safety inspections performed when a private contractor is managing the kitchen facility to prepare or serve meals.

“Other privately and publically run food service operations in Michigan have to submit to...

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

LANSING — State Representative John Kivela (D-Marquette) said that approval of Republican state Rep. David Maturen’s (R-Vicksburg) bill, House Bill 5578, is good for his Upper Peninsula communities because the bill closes a loophole created by recent court decisions dealing with dark stores. HB 5578 would require the Michigan Tax Tribunal to make its own independent determination when issuing a decision in a commercial property dispute case.           

“I want to thank Rep. Maturen and the...

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...