News From Rep. Kivela

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...

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

LANSING — State Representative John Kivela (D-Marquette) announced today that the House of Representatives has approved House Bill 5377, which funds Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund projects across the state, including three in Kivela’s district: Laughing Whitefish Falls Scenic Site access improvements, Schemwood Iron Ore Heritage Trailhead improvements, and Father Marquette Park accessibility improvements.

“All three of these projects are important to our communities because by improving these attractions, we can draw more tourists to...

Thursday, December 17, 2015

LANSING — State Representative John Kivela  (D-Marquette) recently introduced House Bill 5146 to increase the penalties for illegally bringing a deer carcass into Michigan from another state that is known to have deer with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).

"Right now, the Upper Peninsula has not had a problem with deer showing Chronic Wasting Disease, and we want to keep it that way,” said Kivela. “But the disease has shown up in a deer in an...

Friday, November 6, 2015

LANSING – State Representative John Kivela (D-Marquette) said today that he’s pleased that the Michigan House of Representatives has approved his resolution, House Resolution 154,  supporting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers request for funding for a study crucial to moving forward on construction of a second large lock at the Soo Locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Only one of the four Soo Locks is large enough to accommodate the modern vessels that commonly...

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