News From Rep. Dianda

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...

Thursday, April 14, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) introduced House Bill 5575 today that would prohibit the Michigan House of Representatives and the Michigan Senate from entering into contracts similar to the one the Senate entered when it signed a contract to move Senate offices into the Capitol View building in downtown Lansing. Dianda’s bill has co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle.

“The Senate is moving out of a building that is bought and paid...

Thursday, March 10, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) officially requested today that Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette investigate the Senate’s rental of lavish new offices in the Capitol View office building, which is home to registered lobbyists and is owned by a political contributor to the Republican Party. The Senate sold the Billie S. Farnum Building that had been home to senators’ offices and that the Senate owned.

“Like my constituents in the U.P., I am...