News From Rep. Kivela

Friday, September 11, 2015

 LANSING – State Representative John Kivela (D-Marquette) was proud to stand with two first responders from the Upper Peninsula at the House of Representative’s Sept. 11 memorial ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 10. Representatives commemorated those lost in the 2001 attacks and recognized first responders serving in Michigan communities today.

“It was an honor to be with these first responders at our Sept. 11 ceremony, where we reflect on the sacrifice that so many first responders...

State Representative John Kivela (D-Marquette) stands in the Capitol Rotunda with Upper Peninsula first responders who joined him for the House of Representatives' Sept. 11 memorial ceremony.
Monday, August 17, 2015

MARQUETTE – State Representative John Kivela (D-Marquette) joined Gov. Rick Snyder and DeMarse family members at the Marquette Branch Prison on Thursday, Aug. 13, for the official renaming of the section of U.S. 41 in front of the prison as the Earl DeMarse Memorial Highway. Kivela sponsored the highway renaming bill, House Bill 5447, last session. The bill was signed into law in January. Officer DeMarse was the first Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) guard...

State Rep. John Kivela (D-Marquette), third from right, with family members of Officer Earl DeMarse and Gov. Rick Snyder, far left, and next to him, state Sen. Tom Casperson (R-Escanaba), at the ceremony renaming U.S. 41 the Officer Earl DeMarse Memorial Highway on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in front of the Marquette Branch Prison.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

          LANSING – State Representatives John Kivela (D-Marquette) and Ed McBroom (R-Vulcan) recently introduced legislation to require that prison kitchen facilities have food safety inspections performed when a contractor is managing the kitchen facility to prepare or serve meals. The State of Michigan entered into a three-year $145 million contract with Aramark turning over the operation of Michigan’s prison food service operations, including the kitchen facilities, to Aramark in December 2013.

          “Just in the...

Thursday, June 18, 2015

LANSING – State Representative John Kivela (D-Marquette) introduced legislation today to create a misdemeanor crime concerning methamphetamine production that will give prosecutors the option of charging a person with a misdemeanor or a felony. Kivela’s bills are House Bills 4767 and 4768. The same two bills were also introduced today in the state Senate and are sponsored by State Senators Tom Casperson (R-Escanaba) and Margaret O’Brien (R-Portage) as Senate Bills 409 and 410.

“When we...

Monday, June 8, 2015

MARQUETTE – State Representative John Kivela (D-Marquette) invites residents to attend his Luce County office hours where he can hear residents’ concerns and answer any questions about the work he is doing in Lansing. 

Kivela will host his office hours on Monday, June 15, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the small courtroom in the Luce County Government Bldg, 407 W. Harrie St. in Newberry.

You can also contact the representative toll free at (888) 429-1377 or...