News From Rep. Dianda

Thursday, December 15, 2016

LANSING – State Rep. Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) voted no today on an energy plan Gov. Rick Snyder and supporters were trying to push through the Legislature on the last day of the 2015-16 legislative session. Senate Bills 437 and 438 eventually passed with Dianda voting no because the plan does not help U.P. families with their extremely high utility bills, nor does it address the unique energy needs of U.P. communities.

“As we’re debating these...

Thursday, December 8, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) took part in a ceremony today commemorating Cora Reynolds Anderson, Michigan’s first female and first Native American state representative, who represented Baraga, Iron, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties from 1925-26. The building that houses the Michigan House of Representative legislative offices and committee rooms takes its name from her, and a portrait commemorating Anderson was unveiled at the ceremony today.

“Cora Anderson led the way for other women and...

State Representative Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) speaks at the unveiling of a new portrait of Cora Reynolds Anderson, Michigan’s first female and first Native American state representative, at the House Office Building in Lansing, which is named in her honor, on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. Anderson represented Baraga, Iron, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties from 1925-26.
Friday, September 9, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) hosted Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Tribal President Chris Swartz and honored two fallen firefighters from the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Beartown Firefighters, at the Michigan House of Representatives' Sept. 11 recognition ceremony today. Alan J. Swartz and James Shelifoe Jr. were traveling with their fellow firefighters to Utah to help fight the Box Canyon Fire when they died as a result of an automobile accident. 

"Firefighters never hesitate....

State Representative Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) and Chris Swartz, tribal president of the Keewenaw Bay Indian Community, stand together in the Capitol Rotunda in Lansing. Swartz was the guest of Rep. Dianda for the Michigan House of Representatives' Sept. 11 memorial ceremony where Dianda recognized Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Beartown Firefighters Alan Swartz and James Shelifoe Jr., who died in an auto accident on their way to Utah to help fight the Box Canyon Fire.
Thursday, September 1, 2016

“I am shocked that the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) has decided to close the White Pine Electric Power Plant, thereby putting Western U.P. families at risk for power outages. The White Pine plant currently provides reliable service, especially in situations when power can be interrupted due to ice storms and other natural disasters, and serves as a backup when other plants are down for planned maintenance. To take this plant off line now puts...

Thursday, June 9, 2016

LANSING — State Representatives Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) and Robert Wittenberg (D-Oak Park) introduced legislation today to create the Michigan Secure Retirement Savings Program for private-sector workers whose employer does not offer a retirement savings plan.

"Small employers frequently do not offer retirement savings plans to their workers, and yet everyone should be saving money for retirement,” said Dianda. “We’re introducing this plan to create a savings program for the many private sector employees in Michigan...

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