News From Rep. Kivela

Friday, June 10, 2016

LANSING — State Representative John Kivela (D-Marquette) said today that he’s pleased that his bill concerning prison kitchens, House Bill 4748, was voted out of the House Committee on Oversight and Ethics this week. The bill would require that prison kitchen facilities have food safety inspections performed when a private contractor is managing the kitchen facility to prepare or serve meals.

“Other privately and publically run food service operations in Michigan have to submit to...

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

LANSING — State Representative John Kivela (D-Marquette) said that approval of Republican state Rep. David Maturen’s (R-Vicksburg) bill, House Bill 5578, is good for his Upper Peninsula communities because the bill closes a loophole created by recent court decisions dealing with dark stores. HB 5578 would require the Michigan Tax Tribunal to make its own independent determination when issuing a decision in a commercial property dispute case.           

“I want to thank Rep. Maturen and the...

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
LANSING — The Michigan House of Representatives approved State Representative John Kivela’s  (D-Marquette) bill, House Bill 5146, today to increase the penalties for illegally bringing a deer carcass into Michigan from another state that is known to have deer that have tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD).

"I thank my colleagues for supporting my efforts to protect our deer herd, and the businesses and communities that rely on a healthy deer herd and...

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

LANSING – State Representative John Kivela (D-Marquette) today thanked his colleagues in both the Senate and House for sending a bipartisan package of bills to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk that would further aid in the efforts to combat meth addiction in Michigan. The bills address the problem of people who attempt to solicit someone else to purchase ephedrine or pseudoephedrine, which are used in the production of methamphetmine. Kivela’s bill is House Bill 4864. The...

Thursday, April 28, 2016

LANSING — State Representative John Kivela (D-Marquette) was joined by his daughter Shelby, who is a registered nurse, at the House Regulatory Reform Committee yesterday. Ms. Kivela testified before the committee on the issue of nurse to patient ratios.

“I was proud to sit with my daughter, Shelby, as she testified before the Regulatory Reform Committee regarding this very important issue. Patient safety is always a top concern for hospitals as new treatment and care...

State Representative John Kivela (D-Marquette) listens as his daughter, Shelby Kivela, a registered nurse, testifies before the House Regulatory Reform Committee about nurse-to-patient staffing levels on Wednesday, April 27.