News From Rep. Dianda

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

            LANSING – State Representative Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) testified on his bill, House Bill 4416, to ban the sale, distribution and possession of powdered alcohol, in the House Committee on Regulatory Reform today. Powdered alcohol, which is being marketed as Palcohol, is sold in a 4x6 inch packet that weighs less than an ounce, and creates an alcoholic beverage when it is mixed with water.

            “I thank House Regulatory Reform Committee Chairman Ray Franz...

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

          LANSING – State Representative Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) recently introduced House Bill 4683, which would require the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) to adopt an energy plan for each of Gov. Rick Snyder’s regional prosperity zones. The Upper Peninsula is Prosperity Region 1, so it would get its own plan based on the needs of UP energy customers.

          “I support the governor’s plan of using these regional prosperity zones to create opportunity. The cost...

Thursday, June 4, 2015

          LANSING – State Representative Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) introduced House Bill 4681 this week to create a user fee that would make local governments whole when big box stores are able to convince the Michigan State Tax Tribunal to cut their property values and lower their taxes. The practice has been exceptionally hard on Upper Peninsula communities where lower tax collections hit police, fire, ambulance, and library services hard.

          “Corporations need to pay their fair...

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

LANSING – State Representative Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) won an amendment to House Bill 4613 today to cap administrative costs for the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) at 7 percent of its total budget. The bill was voted out of the Special House Committee on Roads and Economic Development today. Dianda is one of two Democratic members of the committee.

“Currently, MDOT is operating with its administrative costs running at about 8 percent of its total...

Thursday, May 14, 2015

 LANSING – State Representative Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) said today that he is pleased to be one of the Democratic members of the newly created House Special Committee on Roads and Economic Development. Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter (R-Mt. Pleasant) announced the new committee with five Republican members and two Democratic members today.

“The voters spoke on May 5, and said they want the Legislature to get to work and come up with a plan to...