State Representative Diana Farrington

State Representative Diana Farrington State Representative for Michigan house district 30

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Large scale data breaches have exposed the private information of countless people in recent years. As a result, identit...
09/07/2020
Rep. Farrington calls for ‘heads up’ courtesy with data breach notification legislation

Large scale data breaches have exposed the private information of countless people in recent years. As a result, identity theft and fraud have become a growing concern.

I have been working on legislation for the last 3 years that would require businesses to protect their data and notify you in a timely matter when they have lost your personal information in a security breach. That legislation passed the House last week with overwhelming support.

I am proud of these bills, and I look forward to seeing them through.

https://gophouse.org/posts/rep-farrington-calls-for-heads-up-courtesy-with-data-breach-notification-legislation

The Michigan House of Representatives today voted overwhelmingly to advance a plan sponsored by state Rep. Diana Farrington, requiring companies that store personal identity information to disclose when their data has been compromised in a timely fashion.

Some of my colleagues and I took to the Capitol steps this week to call attention to the hundreds of thousands of indivi...
06/18/2020

Some of my colleagues and I took to the Capitol steps this week to call attention to the hundreds of thousands of individuals and families who are struggling with their unemployment benefits. It's been three months since the shutdown and far too many people are still waiting.

06/16/2020
Car Insurance Virtual Town Hall w/ Special Guest Rep. Jason Wentworth

Yesterday was my first ever virtual town hall to discuss the upcoming changes to our auto no-fault law. I was honored to have Speaker Pro Tempore Jason Wentworth, chairman of the select committee on auto no-fault reform, as my special guest. If you have any questions about the changes taking effect in July, please visit ReduceMIRatesNow.com or contact my office.

Major changes to your auto insurance go into effect next month. I will be doing a virtual town hall to provide an update...
06/08/2020

Major changes to your auto insurance go into effect next month. I will be doing a virtual town hall to provide an update on the new law and answer your questions. Please register at the link provided below.

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Bvr_Gw24TyaBlp46tZrD1Q

If you have any questions you would like answered during the event, please email them to [email protected].

If you have any difficulties registering, please contact my office at 517-373-7768.

06/02/2020

I have much respect for everyone who is peacefully protesting to bring attention to the injustice suffered by George Floyd and his family, as well as the many similar injustices we have seen in recent years. The individuals who come out after the protests to riot and destroy property, however, should be ashamed of themselves. Their violent actions only serve as a distraction from the real issues affecting our communities.

If you plan on participating in one of the upcoming protests, be mindful that you are representing something bigger than yourself.

Hold a sign -- not a brick.

The COVID-19 crisis has impacted all of our lives in some way. So many of you have shared your stories with me during th...
05/29/2020
MI COVID Story

The COVID-19 crisis has impacted all of our lives in some way. So many of you have shared your stories with me during the last two months.

The Michigan Legislature has created a bipartisan committee with House and Senate members to take up issues related to COVID-19. I encourage all of you to share your stories with that committee through our new website: https://www.micovidstory.com/

No issue is too big, or small, to share.

In Michigan, the pandemic has taken our friends, our family, our jobs, our livelihoods and our dreams. Share your story.

I have heard many of your stories surrounding COVID-19 and the impact it has on our communities across the state. I enco...
05/28/2020

I have heard many of your stories surrounding COVID-19 and the impact it has on our communities across the state.
I encourage each and every one of you to share your experiences during this challenging time. Your concerns are our concerns too, and we are here to help.

https://www.micovidstory.com/

Unemployment claims continue to be the biggest issue for people contacting my office. We are continuing to see claims go...
05/28/2020
Michigan residents fed up as state’s unemployment system struggles to keep up

Unemployment claims continue to be the biggest issue for people contacting my office. We are continuing to see claims go unfulfilled to 7+ weeks. Leadership at UIA needs to address these failures, or at least give us better direction on how we can help them. The stories I am hearing from people in these dire situations are unacceptable.

http://gophouse.org/michigan-residents-fed-up-as-states-unemployment-system-struggles-to-keep-up/

By state Rep. Diana Farrington of Utica The COVID-19 outbreak has impacted lives and livelihoods across Michigan. ‘Stay home’ orders and directives defining essential businesses have caused more than 20 percent of Michigan’s workforce to be unemployed, according to a recent report from the Dep...

On Memorial Day, we remember those who gave their lives in the service of this nation, and thank the loved ones they lef...
05/25/2020

On Memorial Day, we remember those who gave their lives in the service of this nation, and thank the loved ones they left behind.

Happy Mother's Day!!
05/10/2020

Happy Mother's Day!!

Wishing you and your family a happy Easter!
04/12/2020

Wishing you and your family a happy Easter!

04/10/2020

She could have said:

Stay home longer and continue to be safe.
If you’ve quarantined for 3 weeks and are symptom free go visit your cottage. Buy groceries from the small local market. Fish from the dock. They have been waiting all season for your return but exercise social distancing.

But she didn’t.

She could have said:

Plant a garden! Michiganders get outside and work in your yard. Order supplies to be delivered from your local nursery and spend some money there. They are stocked and ready for you!

But she didn’t

She could have said:

Take this time to work on a home project. Call your local hardware store and have them mix a gallon of paint. Pay over the phone, use social distance to pick it up.

But she didn’t.

She could have said:

Restaurant owners, reopen but at half capacity. You can only seat every other table and wait staff must wear masks. We want you to survive but let’s use common sense and appropriate social measures.

But she didn’t.

She could have said:

Landscapers who staved all winter for lack of snow – get to work! Book your jobs over the phone. Accept payment via cash apps. Work single crew jobs or small crews where you can keep your distance. Let’s work with local big box stores to have supplies delivered or waiting for you to pick up. We know you’re cash based and aid hasn’t come yet. Be safe but work!

But she didn’t.

Walmart is going to be Walmart. Costco is going to be Costco. Target is going to be Target, but our small business owners are drowning and she tossed them a cement block instead of a lifeline.

When will people realize she doesn’t want to help us? She wants us so broke and so hungry and so desperate and so afraid that we turn in our own neighbors, we hide in fear, we stay glued to the fear mongering new, we deplete anything we have saved and when it’s all gone and we are desperate and broken and depressed we turn to the government to save us.

She could have said and done a lot, but she didn’t. Do not ignore the message the governor sent yesterday, because where she stands and what she’s about was loud and clear.

(Author Credit: Kristi Greulich See)

04/10/2020

My office has been inundated with a high volume of concerns about the Governors recent stay-at-home directive that expands the limitations of movement and individual liberties. I too am not in agreement with much of what she declared. My staff and I have read, and will continue to read, all the incoming emails.

The primary question we’ve received is if she has the power to declare the orders that she did on Thursday. Our legal sources believe she does have the power to do so under the State of Emergency that has been declared. That power ends at the end of the month if not extended by the legislature. Her actions are indicative of why I did not support giving her an additional 70 days as she requested and as of today I do not plan to support any extension unless there is a clear and limited next phase shared with legislature ahead of time.

It is my belief that the welfare and safety of all in our community is paramount. The desired strategy needs to account for both flattening the curve to make sure our hospitals and health care workers that have been doing so much for us are not increasingly overburdened. On the other hand, this pandemic goes beyond healthcare. Common sense strategies should be taken as well so that families can go back to their jobs where reasonable, and I believe the governor moved in the wrong direction Thursday with her new executive order.

We should follow the federal CISA guidelines that offer a more clear and reasonable approach. I will continue to voice my perspective on behalf of our community and I encourage all of you to call her office (1-517-373-3400) to voice your perspective and demand answers on why the governor has imposed draconian policies instead of a more common sense approach.

Please stay safe and healthy by following social distancing and hygiene guidelines. We’re all in this together and we will get through these very difficult times.

I've received many calls and emails since yesterday morning about the Governor's request to extend her emergency declara...
04/07/2020
Michigan Legislature set to extend emergency declaration today for coronavirus pandemic

I've received many calls and emails since yesterday morning about the Governor's request to extend her emergency declaration by 70 days.

Today I will be voting on a resolution to extend her emergency authority until the end of April.

Many of you have concerns about shutting down the state until mid-June and I absolutely agree with you. The legislature will continue working with the administration over the next three weeks and we will use that information to decide what is best for the people of Michigan.

https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/michigan/2020/04/07/michigan-legislature-set-to-extend-emergency-declaration-today/

Members of the Michigan Legislature are scheduled to meet Tuesday to vote to expand the state's Emergency Declaration through May 1.

03/31/2020
LEO UIA

This post is lengthy, but it's an important announcement regarding unemployment benefits.

Per the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity:

Governor Whitmer has announced new programs for workers affected by COVID-19. The governor, under the federal CARES Act, signed an agreement between Michigan and the U.S. Dept. of Labor to implement Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Compensation programs that grant benefits to workers who do not already qualify for state unemployment benefits. Workers include self-employed, 1099-independent contractors, gig, and low-wage workers who can no longer work because of the pandemic. The agreement also increases weekly benefits for all unemployed workers by $600 a week and extends benefit payments from 26 to 39 weeks. If someone has already applied for unemployment benefits, you DO NOT need to reapply at this time.

The UIA will provide additional guidance regarding eligibility and application details in the coming days as it implements these new programs.

There is also a new filing schedule. The new system uses alphabetical order to manage web visits and calls. It is being implemented as UIA has moved nearly all of its staff members to customer service positions in order to faster assist Michiganders in filing for benefits. At the same time, the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget is working to expand capacity and infrastructure of the State’s online systems. Potential benefit recipients can help alleviate the system overload by following a few simple steps:
• If you have a computer and the internet, please use the website, not the phone system, to apply for benefits: Michigan.gov/UIA.
• Log onto the website during off-hours for better access – late at night or very early in the morning.
• Please be patient. If the page is loading slowly, DO NOT refresh. Give it a few minutes to load.
• View the online tool kit and frequently asked questions before you apply to ensure that you have the appropriate information and documents you will need on hand.
• If you must use the Call Center, please observe the alphabetical system outlined below beginning this Sunday to help ease the burden.

Online Filing Schedule - Michigan.gov/UIA
• Last names beginning with letters A-L are asked to file claims on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
• Last names beginning with letters M-Z are asked to file claims on Sundays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays.
• Saturdays will be available for anyone who could not file during their allotted window.

Call Center Filing Schedule - 866-500-0017:
• Last names beginning with the letters A-L are asked to call on Mondays and Wednesdays between 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
• Last names beginning with the letters M-Z are asked to call on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
• Fridays (8 a.m.-5 p.m.) will be available for anyone who could not file during their allotted window.

When you file will NOT affect whether you are approved for benefits or the amount of payment. You will be compensated from the date you were laid-off or released from your employment. You have 28 days from your last day of work to apply for benefits. UIA understands the urgency that benefit recipients are experiencing, but the fastest way to secure benefits is to follow the UIA guidelines.
The current situation is unprecedented, and UIA is doing everything in its power to ensure that those who are eligible for benefits receive them. Our team is working as quickly as possible to process applications and approve benefits. Your assistance is essential to maximizing our efficiency as we work to help all Michiganders get the financial support they have earned.

For additional resources visit Michigan.gov/UIA.

03/26/2020
Updated information for those filing for unemployment benefits can be found at the link below. I know many of you are ex...
03/26/2020
Coronavirus - UIA Offers Update on Unemployment System, Provides Tips to Get Help as Soon as Possible

Updated information for those filing for unemployment benefits can be found at the link below. I know many of you are experiencing issues with the UIA website and phone number. The system is trying to keep up with the large number of claims all coming in at once but it will take longer than usual to get through the process.

If you are unable to use the website or phone number to file a claim, email my office at [email protected]. Please note that I cannot speed up your claim or resolve a dispute you have with the agency. I can, however, make sure the agency is aware of the issues you are having and seek a resolution.

https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98158-522916--,00.html

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03/23/2020

There haven't been many "good news" moments in the past few weeks, but here's one.

TD Industrial Coverings (TDIC) in Sterling Heights contacted my office offering some much needed help to our hospitals and healthcare workers by providing medical PPE items to local medical facilities who are running low.

A big THANK YOU to everyone at TDIC for stepping up and being community leaders when we need it most!

03/23/2020
My office has already received some questions on the Governor's "Stay Home" executive order. I have attached a summary o...
03/23/2020

My office has already received some questions on the Governor's "Stay Home" executive order. I have attached a summary of what the order entails, and I've also included a link with information on essential workers that will still be offering services during the next 3 weeks. If you have any questions, please call my office at 517-373-7768 or email [email protected].

https://www.cisa.gov/identifying-critical-infrastructure-during-covid-19

I'm sure most of you are aware of the impact COVID-19 is having on our economy. I've included a resource sheet with info...
03/20/2020

I'm sure most of you are aware of the impact COVID-19 is having on our economy. I've included a resource sheet with information for businesses, as well as employees. My office is here to get you any information you are looking for. Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.

Stay safe and be mindful of others. We will get through this.

In light of all the measures being taken to prevent the spread of Coronavirus here in Michigan, I encourage residents of...
03/12/2020

In light of all the measures being taken to prevent the spread of Coronavirus here in Michigan, I encourage residents of my district to contact my office if they have any questions. My staff and I are here to get you the information you are looking for.

03/12/2020

House Bills 5582-5587 were introduced last week to provide common-sense reform to help fix our local roads. The bills will direct roughly $800 million more per year to repair the roads we drive on every day. We are doing this without raising taxes or reducing school funding. Every penny paid in taxes at the gas pump should go toward fixing our roads, and I believe this is a positive step toward a real road funding solution. I’ll be supporting these bills when they come to the house floor. If you have any questions regarding the package, please call my office at 517-373-7768.

I introduced a solution to ensure residents of the four counties that make up the Regional Transit Authority of Southeas...
02/26/2020
Rep. Farrington leads compromise to provide RTA with needed flexibility

I introduced a solution to ensure residents of the four counties that make up the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan are not forced to pay for services they do not receive.

Plan allows counties to opt out of transit service areas State Rep. Diana Farrington today introduced a solution to ensure residents of the four counties that make up the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan are not forced to pay for services they do not receive. Farrington, of Utica, sa...

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You tend to advocate much on unemployment discrepancies and I credit you for that. But we the people would like a respresenttive that we selected to work for us to advocate on educational aspects where there is still much divide. Once schools require masks, they will become A policy and policies are very hard to undo. Additionally, can you please consider passing a law where businesses are not in limbo on mask wearing. They are posting it is “the law” or “mandatory” due to fear of being sued. A mask is a “medical choice.” The store nor cdc is not a persons chosen medical provider. We can bring up case law as to our body, our choice with Roe vs Wade) however many people will not shop due to this over a .02 mortality rate or better yet 99.9 percent survival rate as it makes no sense. Stores should not be put in these positions under influence when legislation has passed zero law on this however they should be able to choose on their own personal and medical beliefs. Those are things that need to be brought to the table. I kindly ask you focus on those as well.
I am a Michigan public school employee in your district and I am writing to ask you to support SB 373, the school aid supplemental, with language to provide relief for the days and hours requirement for the days that school districts have been ordered closed by the Governor, and require that districts continue paying all school staff during closure. All school employees and their families need support during this time. Please do the right thing for Michigan educators and return to Lansing to act on this important legislation. As one of your constituents, I want you to know how important this is to me and my colleagues. Sincerely, Kathryn Engelhardt
I have called and emailed for over a year. Zero replies. Want my vote again? Learn to answer the public’s questions.
Mrs. Farrington - the NRA gave you a 93% approval rating in 2018. In the wake of the recent mass shootings what are you proposing to protect Michigan residents and especially the children in our state?
Farrington will make life miserable for Michigan voters. Republicans vote for guns not healthcare.
VOTE NO ON HOUSE BILLS 4331 AND 4434. WE DON'T NEED MORE GUN NUTS. I BET YOU VOTE YES. LET ME KNOW.
Hello Diane. I live in Shelby Twp. I want to know how road repaving is going to work on 21 mi.rd. high school thru shelby. And Shelby rd. From 21mi. North. Sounds confusing to route traffic and keep out of subs. Please help explain. Thank You.
Would like your thoughts on the gas tax increase proposed by the Governor. As one of your constituents I am opposed to it until we are shown where previous gas tax revenue and the 20% increase on registration has been used. I believe this increase would make our state the highest taxed in the nation on gasoline.
Where do you stand on American safety and building the wall?
Today is #WorldEncephalitisDay Learn more about PANDAS/PANS at https://www.pandasppn.org/. #WorldEncephalitisDay Other resources: *https://tacanow.org/family-resources/immune-system-autism-and-pandaspans/ Studies:🖱 Streptococcal Upper Respiratory Tract Infections and Exacerbations of Tic and Obsessive-Compulsive Symptoms: A Prospective Longitudinal Study https://jaacap.org/article/S0890-8567(10)00816-6/fulltext 🔦 Spironolactone might be a desirable immunologic and hormonal intervention in autism spectrum disorders. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17150311 💡Protein array profiling of tic patient sera reveals a broad range and enhanced immune response against Group A Streptococcus antigens. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Bombaci+et+al.+Protein+Array+Profiling+of+Tic+Patient+Sera+Reveals+a+Broad+Range+and+Enhan 🔦 Case study: a new infection-triggered, autoimmune subtype of pediatric OCD and Tourette's syndrome. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7896671 🖱Metabolic biomarkers of increased oxidative stress and impaired methylation capacity in children with autism. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15585776 💻 Research On Dietary Interventions In ASD https://tacanow.org/family-resources/research-on-dietary-interventions-in-asd/ 💻Vojdani A, Campbell AW, Anyanwu E, Kashanian A, Bock K, Vojdani E: Antibodies to neuron-specific antigens in children with autism: possible cross-reaction with encephalitogenic proteins from milk, Chlamydia pneumoniae and Streptococcus group A. J Neuroimmunol 2002 Aug;129(1-2):168-77. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12161033 🖱Acquired reversible autistic syndrome in acute encephalopathic illness in children. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6162440
MAHP thanks Representative Farrington for support of Senate Bill 1205 which will increase competition and transparency in healthcare!
Yes indeed, we will be watching.