State Representative Luke Meerman

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I had the pleasure of setting up the nativity scene this year at the capital!  More than 30 state capitals in our countr...
12/23/2020

I had the pleasure of setting up the nativity scene this year at the capital! More than 30 state capitals in our country have nativity scenes set up for the Christmas season.

12/04/2020

I wanted to take a moment to convey my support for restaurants doing all they can to stay open despite the rules of the Department of Health and Human Services. Our Governor and her departments have continued to implement unconstitutional rules and regulations on many different industries and our local restaurants continue to be a primary target. Our local restaurants and employees cannot withstand another government imposed shutdown. We need people to be able to live and work freely without fear of the government taking food off their tables due to overreach and a complete disregard for the hard working families of our state.

4.3% of coronavirus outbreaks are linked to restaurants across the state. An estimated additional 250,000 restaurant workers will be laid off over the holiday season and around 6,000 more restaurants will close by spring if the indoor dining ban is extended.

The Michigan Liquor Control Commission has threatened aggressive action against restaurants that would open their doors to business. Threats and actions from a state agency are unacceptable and I will not sit idly as restaurant owners worry whether their businesses will be forced to declare bankruptcy this holiday season. Should the MLCC continue down this road, the agency’s funding should be reduced.

I have signed a letter submitted to the Secretary of State requesting a full, independent audit of the election prior to...
11/17/2020

I have signed a letter submitted to the Secretary of State requesting a full, independent audit of the election prior to certifying the results. It is imperative that our election process has integrity and our democratic process of a free and fair election is upheld.

10/31/2020

I understand that many of you have had your lives turned upside down like never before. This has caused us all to be more skeptical of anyone involved in government and rightly so. Our freedoms and liberties are what have made this country a place where many in the world desire to be. I have stated in the past that if people have a greater appreciation of their liberties and freedoms when I leave office I will feel my time was well spent.

So you are right to question what's going on in Lansing and Washington. Just know that according to the American Conservative Union, I have the most concervative voting record. My whole goal of being in Lansing is to protect our freedoms and liberties.

I have heard from a number of people concerned with HB 6032. The goal of this legislation is to provide bumpers for how much legal exposure businesses have and some protections for employees. I believe we accomplished 3/4 of this goal. The reason we couldn't get more from my perspective is that we need the governor's signature for things to become law. I think it is important to first note that this bill was a part of a four bill package that included HB 6030, 6031 and 6101. All of these bills were “tie-barred” meaning in order for one to pass, they all had to pass.

HB 6032 provides protections for employees who have experienced symptoms of COVID-19. Ensuring employees cannot be fired by their employer for not reporting to work due to COVID. This bill put in parameters for businesses to know what the standards are for dealing with COVID instead of the constantly changing rules they must follow. Furthermore, I think it is important to note this package of bills was supported by many different business groups including the Michigan Chamber, National Federation of Independent Business, Small Business Association of Michigan and Michigan Farm Bureau and opposed by ultra liberal groups including the trial attorneys.

For anyone who knows me, you know I am a true conservative who has, and will continue to fight for individual rights and freedoms. Please keep reaching out.

As Abraham Licoln stated, "At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide."

I had previously called for new leadership at UIA. This article shows another reason why we need someone there who cares...
10/30/2020
Michigan’s UIA excludes 400 pages of emails after records request

I had previously called for new leadership at UIA. This article shows another reason why we need someone there who cares. Either UIA had not been communicating with each other throughout the pandemic, or they are hiding emails from the public. Either way, it is obvious there needs to be changes made at the UIA, starting at the top.

We paid for 650 documents as part of our search but we only received a total of nine emails.

If you are in need of assistance with an unemployment claim, the Unemployment Insurance Agency is now offering one-on-on...
10/22/2020

If you are in need of assistance with an unemployment claim, the Unemployment Insurance Agency is now offering one-on-one telephone appointments for residents with the specific issues outlined here. You can schedule an appointment online up to a week in advance at https://www.michigan.gov/uia.

Allendale Area Chamber of Commerce
10/08/2020

Allendale Area Chamber of Commerce

We have lots of informational literature about the State of Michigan in our office thanks to State Representative Luke Meerman’s office. We are open Monday - Thursday between 9am - 2pm. Call 616-892-2632 before heading in to verify a staff person will be here to assist you.

09/24/2020

HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 302
Reps. John Reilly, Sherri Gay-Dagnogo, Lynn Afendoulis, Sue
Allor, Joe Bellino, Ann Bollin, Tommy Brann, Wendell Byrd, Julie
Calley, Sara Cambensy, Triston Cole, Kathy Crawford, Gary Eisen, Ben Frederick, Phil Green, Christine Greig, Beth Griffin, Roger Hauck, Jon Hoadley, Michele Hoitenga, Mark Huizenga, Cynthia Johnson, Jewell Jones, Bronna Kahle, Sheryl Kennedy, Beau LaFave, Eric Leutheuser, Sarah Lightner, Jim Lilly, James Lower, Matt Maddock, Gregory Markkanen, Luke Meerman, Aaron Miller, Mike Mueller, Cynthia Neeley, Jack O’ Malley, Brad Paquette, Ronnie Peterson, Daire Rendon, Andrea Schroeder, Bradley Slagh, Tim Sneller, Scott VanSingle, Hank Vaupel, Rodney Wakeman, Michael Webber, Mary Whiteford, Karen Whitsett, Angela Witwer, Douglas Wozniak, and Tenisha Yancey offered the following
resolution:

A resolution to declare September 24th, 2020, as a Day of Prayer,
Fasting, and Humiliation in the State of Michigan.
Whereas, our state and nation cries out in pain, grief, anxiety,
and worry; and
Whereas, We restate the proclamation of President Lincoln: "it is
fit and becoming in all people, at all times, to acknowledge and
revere the Supreme Government of God," and "that the fear of the Lord
is the beginning of wisdom."; and
Whereas, We humbly ask Almighty God in accordance with His
sovereignty to heal our land of calamities, division, anger, and
strife; and
Whereas, We further quote President Lincoln to, "earnestly
recommend to all the People, and especially to all ministers and
teachers of religion of all denominations, and to all heads of
families, to observe and keep that day according to their several
creeds and modes of worship, in all humility and with all religious
solemnity, to the end that the united prayer of the nation may ascend
to the Throne of Grace and bring down plentiful blessings upon our
Country"; and
Whereas, We have confidence that in accordance with God's will,
our nation and state will be healed and unified; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Representatives, That the members of
this legislative body declare September 24, 2020, as a Day of Prayer,
Fasting, and Humiliation in the state of Michigan.

MIOSHA needs to be focused on actual health and safety violations in the workplace, not the Governor's executive orders....
09/23/2020
Rep. Meerman: If MIOSHA is going to punish Michigan workers, its funding should be cut

MIOSHA needs to be focused on actual health and safety violations in the workplace, not the Governor's executive orders. Taxpayers should not be paying to fully fund an agency that is basically playing Big Brother.

State Rep. Luke Meerman today called out the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration for its overzealous enforcement of the governor’s executive orders – which have created significant hardships on small business owners and employees who are simply trying to make ends meet.

09/22/2020
State Representative Steve Johnson

I was proud to stand alongside my Republican colleagues to vote against defunding the police. I support criminal justice reform AND our law enforcement officers; the two are not mutually exclusive.

Defunding our police leads to more chaos and threatens the safety of our communities. I support criminal justice reform AND law enforcement officers.

Happy Birthday United States Air Force. Thank you to our heroes who’ve reached greater heights and have soared the skies...
09/18/2020

Happy Birthday United States Air Force. Thank you to our heroes who’ve reached greater heights and have soared the skies. Fly! Fight! Win!

On this historic day in 1787, our Founding Fathers signed the U.S. Constitution. I will continue to vigorously uphold an...
09/18/2020

On this historic day in 1787, our Founding Fathers signed the U.S. Constitution. I will continue to vigorously uphold and protect the fundamental rights enshrined in this monumental document.

In addition to the flag system featured in week 2 of #WaterSafetyWednesday, each state park swim beach has life saving d...
09/16/2020

In addition to the flag system featured in week 2 of #WaterSafetyWednesday, each state park swim beach has life saving devices available. If you see someone in trouble, call for help, remind them of the drowning strategy Flip, Float & Follow and throw them a life saving device, or anything else that floats. Avoid entering the water if possible and if you must go wear a life jacket – it can save you and the person in trouble.

To find out more about what’s offered at our state beaches, go to: https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-350-79135_81057_88053---,00.html

We will never forget the events of 9/11. We must honor those who lost their lives on that fateful day and remember that ...
09/11/2020

We will never forget the events of 9/11. We must honor those who lost their lives on that fateful day and remember that together, we stand as a nation.

Governor Whitmer's decision to require masks for student athletes is not only absurd, but potentially harmful to the ath...
09/10/2020
Gov. Whitmer: Football players, other athletes must mask up, even while competing

Governor Whitmer's decision to require masks for student athletes is not only absurd, but potentially harmful to the athlete. I have been contacted by parents across our district who are concerned about the health and safety of their child participating in sports that masks are required to play. How many student athletes with Asthma will need to have an attack before the governor realizes this mandate is unsafe? #letthemplay #nomasks

Executive Order 180 requires face coverings for all high school athletes unable to maintain 6 feet of social distance.

If you have been keeping up with #WaterSafetyWednesday, then you know of the different types of currents and how to iden...
09/09/2020

If you have been keeping up with #WaterSafetyWednesday, then you know of the different types of currents and how to identify them however, that does not guarantee #WaterSafety.

Our focus this week is on what to do if you find yourself unable to escape the current. Here is a good strategy to avoid a fatality if you or someone you are with is drowning.

For a more detailed explanation of the Flip, Float and Follow strategy go to: https://glsrp.org/posts/flip-float-follow/

We give thanks to all workers who have made a difference in building this great nation. You are the reason we celebrate ...
09/07/2020

We give thanks to all workers who have made a difference in building this great nation. You are the reason we celebrate Labor Day!

We remember those who have fought for our freedoms and commemorate the 75th anniversary of the surrender of Japan, signi...
09/02/2020

We remember those who have fought for our freedoms and commemorate the 75th anniversary of the surrender of Japan, signifying the end of World War II. Happy V-J Day!

08/27/2020

Tomorrow morning, I will be holding coffee hours in the Allendale Community Park at 9:00am.

Allendale Community Park | 9:00am
11069 68th Ave, Allendale, MI 49401

Week THREE of #WaterSafetyWednesday - Know your currents!  Below, are the THREE main currents found in the Great Lakes:1...
08/26/2020

Week THREE of #WaterSafetyWednesday - Know your currents! Below, are the THREE main currents found in the Great Lakes:

1. Rip: When waves break over a sandbar near the shoreline and the water. They won’t pull you under the water but will carry you out to the open water, away from shore.

2. Structural: found alongside or as a result of structures like piers and breakwalls. These are almost always present and dangerously strong.

3. Longshore: They move parallel to, or the “long” way along, the shoreline.

For additional information and helpful tips go to: https://www.michiganseagrant.org/topics/coastal-hazards-and-safety/dangerous-currents/

This important #WaterSafetyWednesday tip has a universal application: Be PROACTIVE, not REACTIVE.  Know the water condit...
08/19/2020

This important #WaterSafetyWednesday tip has a universal application: Be PROACTIVE, not REACTIVE. Know the water conditions BEFORE you enter the water and always be aware of changing conditions.

To check swim conditions, go to: https://www.weather.gov/greatlakes/beachhazards

08/15/2020

Oversight Committee Investigates Contact Tracing Exposing Shell Game in COVID-19 Response

Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic Chair Matt Hall, of Marshall, today issued the following statement after key information was disclosed in testimony by Department of Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon regarding contact tracing in Michigan. Earlier this year, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration awarded a no-bid contract to gather confidential information from Michigan residents through a “contact tracing” program. Once it became public that the contracted vendor had ties to the Democrat Party, the department regrouped and used another name for the same company. The governor ended the agreement amid outcry:

“Director Gordon said many times during this hearing that this decision was a mistake. And it was.

“But it goes deeper. People across Michigan signed up to volunteer for this contact tracing program thinking they were helping in the fight we’re all in against COVID-19, but they were instead led to a site with Democratic affiliation and their information is now in the possession of a political consulting firm that can potentially use it for political purposes. DHHS is taking the position that this personal information is the property of the consulting firm.

“Director Gordon acknowledged what the Auditor General found on this consulting firm – that this was the same company operating under another name when bad press started coming out about the background of this contract. He also confirmed that Gov. Whitmer’s administration made misleading and incorrect statements about whether NGP VAN was being considered for the contract, because both Great Lakes Community Engagement and Kolehouse utilize NGP VAN software. It was also disclosed for the first time that the Southeast Michigan Community Foundation was a philanthropy group that would have potentially paid for the contract.

“Director Gordon came to talk to us today because other employees who were involved with this have not accepted requests to answer our committee’s questions. He told our committee he referred the Auditor General to Ms. Taverna because she is the person who is primarily in charge of contact tracing for Gov. Whitmer’s administration. Ms. Taverna is a senior advisor on opioid strategy for Gov. Whitmer – despite Director Gordon saying he wasn’t even aware of her having any background in that area – and was working on a $75,000 contract with the Michigan Public Health Institute after working in the Obama Administration. Director Gordon’s testimony raises many additional questions and we must speak with those who were more directly involved in this decision-making, such as Ms. Taverna.

“Our committee will continue to seek answers and work to see that the people of Michigan have accountability and trust in their state government.”

08/14/2020

Tomorrow morning, I will be hosting coffee hours in Hager Park at 8:00am! Hope to see you there!

Hager Park | 8:00am on Saturday, August 15
8212 28th Ave, Georgetown, MI 49428

08/14/2020
Michigan Supreme Court to Rule if Governor Whitmer’s State of Emergency is Unconstitutional

Executive overreach has seriously endangered lives in Michigan. Our governor's decision to go it alone has left the people with their voice not being heard in Lansing. This must end. The separation of powers works to protect us from overreach.

Governor Whitmer’s unilateral extension of her state of emergency was unprecedented in Michigan. This decision — made without the approval of the legislature...

Today is #WaterSafetyWednesday and for the next few weeks, we will be sharing valuable information on how to prevent and...
08/12/2020

Today is #WaterSafetyWednesday and for the next few weeks, we will be sharing valuable information on how to prevent and react to water related events in open bodies of water and swimming pools.

In Michigan, we are fortunate to enjoy countless inland lakes as well as the Great Lakes. It is for that reason that we need to take #WaterSafety seriously.

Please follow the below links for insightful statistics on #WaterSafety.

For statistics specific to Michigan go to: https://glsrp.org/statistics/

For more statistics on drownings and other water related accidents go to:
https://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/water-safety/waterinjuries-factsheet.html

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any word on the software of these machines?
I am dismayed at your attempt to subvert our democracy by throwing out the will of the people of your state. If you were so concerned about election procedures, why did you wait for the outcome of the election before raising your voice? Instead, you put your political aspirations ahead of your duty to defend our state constitution and rights as US Citizens. All for a party that has become a cult. I am disappointed in your lack of backbone and trust that the voters will speak clearly in the next election.
Nice words and your support is great; but, words do not have any impetus. We need action. By the time Republicans enact nicey-nice, the dems have hoodwinked everyone again. The original bully - but what makes them different, they’re dangerous. We saw that in the legislative hearings with Guilliani.
Lawmakers spent seven hours taking testimony Tuesday from disaffected Republicans who claimed widespread fraud and misconduct in the state. Where is the proof?? This is embarrassing for teh state of Michigan. Have you no sense of shame. And why are you working to help us during this terrible pandemic? Unemployment is through the roof. Over 20 million unemployed in this country our of 180 million working adults is a rate of over 11% We may not like the results of the election but the people have spoken. There is no fraud., Get back to work. Quit embarrassing the state.
State Representative Luke Meerman How can this even be legal? Grand Rapids is one of these 24 cities. The 24 Michigan cities with income tax to continue to collect those taxes from people who are working from home because of the coronavirus, as if those residents were working at their usual places of business.
When asked Thursday if Trump should concede, Upton, a senior Michigan Republican who was targeted by Democrats but won his reelection bid by 16 points, said, "Yeah. I think it's all said and done." Upton also dismissed any evidence of voter fraud in his home state. "No one has seen any real identification of any real fraud," Upton said, when asked about the Trump allegations of widespread fraud in Detroit.
Luke, I feel you overall do a good job and deserve to keep it, however.... I am publicly demanding that articles of impeachment on Gov. Whitmer are drawn up and voted on.
Dear Mr Meerman, I am writing you today in hope of a clear answer. I was wondering why you voted yes on house bill 6032 and can you tell me why you voted yes on a bill that clearly goes against our constitutional rights? Did you take an oath to uphold Our Constitution? Thank you and I will be waiting on your reply.
I am reading about the republican led bill named "Michigan Comeback Roadmap". This is so disappointing! We already have the state and county health departments fining small businesses and shutting down private schools. Michigan small businesses and private enterprises need protection from state and county agencies that are running roughshod over our constitutional rights. What they are doing is not helping people stay safe. Local health departments are encouraging people to report on people and businesses that violate safety mandates. There is no way businesses can ensure all employees and customers never violate these mandates. The behavior of our agencies is as punitive as the governor's actions. I am flabbergasted that the republicans are ignoring the most damaging actions by govt agencies and are adding another layer of mandates and regulations. YOU CANNOT REGULATE HEALTH! That is not your role! We the citizens are intelligent enough to work with schools and determine what is best for our families and communities. Stop trampling the constitution!
Luke, We the people do NOT want any of the governor's illegal executive orders codified into law. Please oppose any legislation activity supporting any of the illegal executive orders or directives! thank you!
Dear Mr. Meerman, Do you have any ideas that will help GVSU lower their covid numbers? GVSU has the highest numbers of all colleges in the state.
The judge of the Court of Claims clearly wants to write Michigan voting law herself. Can you tell us, Luke, what the Michigan House is planning to do to protect the state from this kind of judicial activism?