News From Rep. Dianda

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) introduced House Bill 5721 today to restore Michigan’s unemployment benefits to 26 weeks. Unemployment benefits were slashed to 20 weeks by legislative Republicans in 2011.

“Unemployment insurance helps workers who are trying to get back on their feet and find a job to let them support themselves and their families, but 20 weeks is a pitifully short time to find or retrain for a job,” said Dianda. “We...

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

LANSING – The House Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee heard testimony today from state Representative Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) on his resolution, House Resolution 153, calling on the federal government to take action on hunting camp leases. Dianda is calling on the federal government to renew hunting camp licenses 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...

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) today said he hopes that bills he has co-sponsored, House Bills 4579 and 5506, will soon have a hearing in the House Commerce and Trade Committee so legislators can address the issue of Amish children being severely injured, and sometimes dying, in accidents in their family’s businesses.

“My concern is for the safety of these children working in their family’s sawmill or woodshop and being injured, or even being...

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) saw his amendments to sell airplanes in the Michigan Department of Transportation’s  (MDOT) fleet and prohibit legislators from having their offices in the same building as a lobbying firm defeated today by House Republicans. Dianda offered the amendments to the omnibus budget bill, House Bill 5294.

“I am appalled that state taxpayers will still have to pay for a fleet of five airplanes and pay for office space...

Thursday, April 21, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) said the results from the Michigan Auditor General Doug Ringler’s audit of the state Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) are appalling and that the agency must be held accountable for its negligence.

“That 90 percent of calls from unemployed Michiganders went unanswered is unconscionable,” said Dianda. “No Michigan citizen who is unemployed and simply trying to apply for the unemployment benefits they qualify for should have their phone call...

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