News From Rep. Dianda

Thursday, November 5, 2015

LANSING — State Representative Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) introduced legislation today that would establish the Battlefield to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Educational Grant Program for Michigan veterans who are enrolled in STEM degree programs at Michigan’s public community colleges and universities.

“Federal statistics show that unemployment for post-9/11 Michigan veterans was more than 6 percent, and state statistics show that we aren’t producing enough graduates to fill STEM career pathways. So encouraging our veterans to...

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

LANSING — State Representative Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) voted no on a House and Senate Republican-backed roads plan because it favors the wealthy and leaves working families, particularly in the U.P., to pay disproportionately more in fees and taxes.

“The increases in the gas tax and registration fees are going to hit my constituents hardest,” said Dianda. “Seniors living on fixed incomes will have a hard time paying more to get their registration and license plates...

Thursday, October 15, 2015

LANSING – State Representative Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) voted no on House Bill 4822, which would require that students be retained in third grade if they cannot meet a benchmark goal to be reading proficient at a third-grade level.

“I’ve heard from educators in my school districts and they’ve told me that the state should not be mandating when students should be held back,” said Dianda. “The teachers and educators in our schools know best when...

Thursday, October 1, 2015

LANSING – State Representative Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) today said that he stood in support of the victims of crime when he voted no on a bill to make it easier for violent and sex offenders to get paroled from prison. House Bill 4138 would create “presumptive parole” to inmates upon completion of their minimum sentences, and allow them to be released on their first parole eligibility date under certain circumstances.

"When I voted no on...

Thursday, September 24, 2015

LANSING – State Representative Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) has introduced House resolution 153 calling on the federal government to renew hunting camp leases under the United States Forest Service’s (USFS) Recreation Residence Program, or grandfather in the remaining 104 lease agreements for hunting camps in the Upper Peninsula’s Ottawa National Forest.

“Some of the hunting camps have been in the forest since the 1950s, when the land was privately owned and people were given the chance...