News From Rep. Kivela

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...

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...