News From Rep. Kivela

Friday, March 24, 2017

LANSING —State Rep. John Kivela (D-Marquette) introduced House Bill 4424 this week to increase the penalties for illegally bringing a deer carcass into Michigan from another state that is known to have deer that test positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD). Kivela introduced the same bill in the previous session. That bill, House Bill 5146, won approval in the House but died in the Senate.

“Last year, my House colleagues understood the importance of a...

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

LANSING — State Representative John Kivela (D-Marquette) said that he is pleased to cosponsor state Rep. Dave Maturen’s (R-Vicksburg) House Bill closing a tax loophole created by court decisions dealing with dark stores. The bill would require the Michigan Tax Tribunal to make its own independent determination when issuing a decision in a commercial property dispute case.           

“This bill would create a level playing field for local governments when arguing cases at the Michigan Tax...

Thursday, March 16, 2017

LANSING — State Rep. John Kivela (D-Marquette) introduced legislation today to limit the number of products containing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine that a person can purchase within a 30-day period, and also limits how much can be purchased without a valid doctor’s prescription within one year. Both of these products are contained in over-the-counter and prescription medications and are essential ingredients in the manufacture of the illegal drug methamphetamine.

“Since I first came to Lansing as...

Thursday, February 16, 2017

LANSING — State Rep. John Kivela (D-Marquette) introduced a House Resolution this week supporting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ request for funding for a study crucial to moving forward on construction of a second large lock at the Soo Locks at Sault Ste. Marie.

“Only one of the four current Soo Locks is large enough to accommodate the modern vessels that commonly traverse the Great Lakes, and this puts the U.P and Michigan economy...

Wednesday, February 1, 2017


LANSING — State Rep. John Kivela (D-Marquette) announced today that he has been named one of two House co-chairs of the Michigan Sportsmen’s Caucus. He will join co-chairs state Rep. Triston Cole (R-Mancelona), and state Sens.  David Knezek (D-Dearborn Heights) and Mike Green (R-Mayville).  This is the second consecutive legislative term where Kivela has been name to a co-chair.  

“I am very pleased to join my colleagues to lead the Michigan Sportsmen’s Caucus...