State Representative Graham Filler

State Representative Graham Filler

To echo words I heard at a 9/11 ceremony honoring first responders: On this day 19 years ago, we saw the worst of mankin...
09/11/2020

To echo words I heard at a 9/11 ceremony honoring first responders:

On this day 19 years ago, we saw the worst of mankind with terrorists seeking to maim and kill, and we saw the absolute best of mankind as people gave up their own lives to save others.

We won’t forget those who perished on 9/11. God bless them.

No easy answers when it comes to k-12 education in 2020-21, I cannot imagine the difficulty of having multiple kids in s...
08/18/2020
Rep. Filler backs plan emphasizing safe return to school for Michigan students - Mi House Repubs

No easy answers when it comes to k-12 education in 2020-21, I cannot imagine the difficulty of having multiple kids in school right now, and having to manage that along with a normal work schedule.

But the legislation passed today gave flexibility to everyone involved in the education process. Bringing in health departments and school boards to be part of the decision process is important. Every district has different needs and different situations.

Take a look at my op-ed and I am happy to answer questions.

State Rep. Graham Filler today joined the Legislature in approving a bipartisan agreement to help get Michigan students safely back to school – whether it’s in-person, online or a hybrid approach.

I'll bet you know a health professional in your life and I'd bet they had some pretty difficult practice-related decisio...
07/31/2020
Opinion: Protect health care providers from lawsuits stemming from COVID-19 orders

I'll bet you know a health professional in your life and I'd bet they had some pretty difficult practice-related decisions and cases during 2020. The legislature supported a bill that would protect them from frivolous lawsuits. I hope the Governor will sign it. Take a read, thank you!*

*And note, if a health facility or professional was reckless or grossly negligent with their care, this bill does not at all protect them. They can be held liable.

"For more than four months, health care providers across our state have been in a battle unlike anything this generation has seen. They’re fighting with limited resources to treat a surge of patients who have a virus with no known cure. The possibility of a lawsuit is the last thing that should be on their minds.

That’s why Senate Bill 899 is so important. The plan, approved this week by the Legislature, would provide health care workers and facilities with limited immunity from civil liability during the duration of the COVID-19 crisis.

It would also protect doctors and other health professionals who were forced to delay in-person appointments for routine care and preventative procedures due to the governor’s executive orders banning all non-essential care."

Provide health care workers and facilities with limited immunity from civil liability during the duration of the COVID-19 crisis, Filler writes.

A remarkable experiment in self governance, a remarkable country we live in.
07/04/2020

A remarkable experiment in self governance, a remarkable country we live in.

Our caucus released our Return to Learn education plan, or simply put, a framework for what we think K-12 education look...
06/23/2020
Rep. Filler announces plan to give local schools more flexibility when learning resumes this fall

Our caucus released our Return to Learn education plan, or simply put, a framework for what we think K-12 education looks like in 2020.

We need schools to open safely and we want to give schools the resources they need to make that happen.

Kids, Admin, Teachers - all are operating under tremendous uncertainty right now. It's imperative we start the conversation about how schools can work with local health departments on best practices that fit each district. One-size-fits-all doesn't fit here.

As always, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this.

State Rep. Graham Filler today announced details of the Michigan Legislature’s plan to ensure the safety of Michigan students as learning resumes in the fall.

In case you missed it: last week, the Joint Oversight Committee met regarding peoples’ experience with the Unemployment ...
05/27/2020
Problems with Michigan’s unemployment system can’t be ignored

In case you missed it: last week, the Joint Oversight Committee met regarding peoples’ experience with the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA); a couple individuals from Clinton and Gratiot counties came to testify on how they were unable to get through to anyone and how their unemployment benefits have still not come after 7 or more weeks. Testifying publicly is not an easy thing and I’ll say that took guts, as their stories were the stories of many.

We are asked as reps to ask the hard questions as to how state government is functioning. That’s what we’re doing. The number one thing I want to come out of this committee process and the testimony of citizens? I want a better UIA. Committee suggestions to improve the unemployment process? I think a technology overhaul through this process might be necessary, I think private-public partnership might also help the department be more innovative.

Bottom line - I want individuals to get their benefits. The state shut down businesses and individuals from working, and then failed to provide the unemployment stopgap which was supposed to follow. If a committee process holds the UIA’s feet to the fire and gets results, good.

The people affected here are real people, who have taken loans or dipped into savings to provide for their family in the absence of benefits. All they are asking is for the state to keep its promise.

As always, regarding UIA issues, please email me: [email protected]

We answer every email and there will always be staff follow-up.

The sheer number of people who have reached out to my office in desperation to get help with the unemployment system has been astonishing. To give you an idea, on one day this week alone, the constituent relations coordinator in my office made about 80 follow-up phone calls to help people with unemp...

Today we honor those military personnel who made the ultimate sacrifice.🙏🇺🇸
05/25/2020

Today we honor those military personnel who made the ultimate sacrifice.🙏🇺🇸

There is need in every community. Tony Spagnuolo for Clinton County Prosecutor and I donated fresh produce this morning ...
05/12/2020

There is need in every community. Tony Spagnuolo for Clinton County Prosecutor and I donated fresh produce this morning for the Redeemer Church - DeWitt Campus. Huge thanks to Suzie Unruh for their really important work in running the local food pantry. 🙏

Tony & Representative Graham Filler’s visit to Redeemer Church food pantry. The pantry accepts donations on Tuesdays, beginning at 9am and provides food curbside to Clinton County residents every Tuesday from 10a-2p & 5:30-7p. For more info, Contact Suzie Unruh at Redeemer, 669-3430 or on Facebook.

VE-Day. I think of the GIs coming ashore at Normandy, battling in the rocky terrain of Italy, slowly fighting through th...
05/08/2020

VE-Day. I think of the GIs coming ashore at Normandy, battling in the rocky terrain of Italy, slowly fighting through the French countryside...

My stepdad is a veteran and I’ve always had tremendous reverence for the war efforts of Americans during WWII. Imagine the joy felt by millions when they heard at last Nazi Germany was defeated!

Great zoom talk with teacher Brandon and the Ovid-Elsie Area Schools kids today. We talked about the interplay between g...
04/28/2020

Great zoom talk with teacher Brandon and the Ovid-Elsie Area Schools kids today.

We talked about the interplay between government branches and the struggle of businesses and farms during COVID times.

Really good questions, I was proud of the kids, and I’m always happy to work with my alma mater high school.

This is an “all hands on deck” situation here in Michigan and I hope you’ll volunteer where your gifts lie. —>
03/30/2020
Michigan House Republicans

This is an “all hands on deck” situation here in Michigan and I hope you’ll volunteer where your gifts lie. —>

Michigan residents are being encouraged to volunteer to help combat Covid-19 in the state, especially health care professionals.

The state is looking for medical volunteers, public health volunteers, volunteers to help older adults and other community volunteers. Many medical supply donations are needed, as well as blood donations.

The state has created a website where you can go and register to volunteer: Michigan.gov/fightcovid19

Wonderful to see local farms being highlighted for their hard work. Farmers never stop and we thank them!
03/26/2020
Farmers keeping us afloat during the coronavirus

Wonderful to see local farms being highlighted for their hard work. Farmers never stop and we thank them!

Grocery stores have promised they won't run out of food and that's all thanks to local farmers.

See attached. Really helpful for Dewitt area.
03/18/2020

See attached. Really helpful for Dewitt area.

Restaurants Open In Dewitt Michigan for Take-out and Delivery!

“Michigan is facing an unprecedented health crisis, and we must make sure Sparrow and McLaren Greater Lansing, as well a...
03/18/2020
Rep. Filler votes to provide $125M more for Michigan’s coronavirus response

“Michigan is facing an unprecedented health crisis, and we must make sure Sparrow and McLaren Greater Lansing, as well as our community health clinics, have the resources they need to address it,” said Filler, of DeWitt. “As the husband of a physician, I feel this crisis deeply. I know our health care workers are on the front lines caring for our community. We must make sure they have the proper resources to do their jobs effectively, and that oversight is provided to ensure this funding goes directly to where it is needed most.”

Rep. Graham Filler tonight voted in favor of a new emergency budget plan adding another $125 million to help the state of Michigan and local communities respond to coronavirus.

My floor guest today, Zoey Harrison, was named Miss Wheelchair Michigan for her age group in 2020-2021. She is ten years...
03/12/2020

My floor guest today, Zoey Harrison, was named Miss Wheelchair Michigan for her age group in 2020-2021. She is ten years old and lives in Ithaca.

Zoey has been a tremendous advocate for individuals with disabilities and who are in wheelchairs. She helped create a coat that is easier to put on for individuals with disabilities.

Our community is proud of you Zoey and blessed by your work.

http://nbc25news.com/news/local/9-year-old-with-disability-inspires-mom-to-create-special-body-coat

Ms. Wheelchair Michigan, Inc.

March is Reading Month!I’m visiting students and classrooms all over the district. I love books, I love hearing the crea...
03/06/2020

March is Reading Month!

I’m visiting students and classrooms all over the district. I love books, I love hearing the creative questions these kids come up with.

Awesome visit to the White House last week. I was out there spreading the word on the good work our Michigan legislature...
03/04/2020
WHITE HOUSE VISIT

Awesome visit to the White House last week. I was out there spreading the word on the good work our Michigan legislature is doing.

State Rep. Graham Filler, chairman of the Michigan House’s Judiciary Committee, Friday met with White House officials to discuss criminal justice reform. Filler was in the Washington, D.C., area to

Visited with delegations from Clinton and Gratiot counties at the annual Michigan Farm Bureau legislative seminar yester...
02/26/2020

Visited with delegations from Clinton and Gratiot counties at the annual Michigan Farm Bureau legislative seminar yesterday.

Support your local farmers, their hard work makes food plentiful and affordable.

Clinton County Farm Bureau

Theodore Roosevelt is probably my favorite president - a conservationist, a reformer...He delighted in working “with ban...
02/17/2020

Theodore Roosevelt is probably my favorite president - a conservationist, a reformer...He delighted in working “with bankers and bricklayers, with merchants and mechanics, with lawyers, farmers, day-laborers, saloon-keepers, clergymen, and prize-fighters” because he wanted to work on behalf of all Americans.

Enjoy your Presidents’ Day as we celebrate this country and its leaders.

Toured the Forensic Fluids lab in Kalamazoo with State Representative Luke Meerman today.Oral testing with a swab is a s...
02/03/2020

Toured the Forensic Fluids lab in Kalamazoo with State Representative Luke Meerman today.

Oral testing with a swab is a simpler way to get results for roadside stops and other drug testing. The quick turnaround for the results (one day) brings certainty to what is otherwise a drawn out legal process.

Very impressed with the technology, very interested how our state can utilize it going forward.

State Representative Graham Filler
02/01/2020

State Representative Graham Filler

Vaping is a major health issue, especially for youth, especially when other additives are added which may cause death/se...
01/21/2020
House panel OKs ban plan for vitamin E acetate in vaping products

Vaping is a major health issue, especially for youth, especially when other additives are added which may cause death/serious injury. We took action today on sounding the alarm about Vitamin E acetate -->

“We’ve been going through this dance all year: What is the cause of the vaping-related injuries?” said Rep. Graham Filler, the DeWitt Republican who chairs the House Judiciary Committee. “And we were able to see right away that Vitamin E acetate is one of those problems. That’s why this legislation is fast-tracked.“

Bills banning Vitamin E acetate from vaping products advanced through a Michigan House panel and are set this week for a vote by the full chamber

A hero of mine, as he ceaselessly, boldly fought against bad laws and oppression.MLK Jr. spoke truth in such a powerful ...
01/20/2020

A hero of mine, as he ceaselessly, boldly fought against bad laws and oppression.

MLK Jr. spoke truth in such a powerful and clear manner, that you could not ignore his message on civil rights.

Tour and photos with the Shiga-DeWitt student exchange program students today. Wonderful camaraderie between the kids, l...
01/16/2020

Tour and photos with the Shiga-DeWitt student exchange program students today. Wonderful camaraderie between the kids, lots of interest in Michigan and our Capitol.

DeWitt Public Schools

Michigan-Shiga Sister State Program

I visited Pewamo-Westphalia Jr. Sr. High School today, home of the Division 7 state football champs, to congratulate the...
01/13/2020

I visited Pewamo-Westphalia Jr. Sr. High School today, home of the Division 7 state football champs, to congratulate the boys on their title run.

My office provided a ceremonial football, specially made to honor the Pirates football team. The football is emblazoned with:

- A photo of the state champion squad
- The State Seal of Michigan
- The House District I’m proud to represent

There are 8 MHSAA football divisions; a remarkable achievement then to have one of the only champions from Mid-Michigan.

I asked the team: When did you know this team might be special? One student responded, when the whole team came to non-mandatory preseason workouts.

Congrats to this wonderful community, the players, the administration, the coaching staff...it takes buy in from everyone to win a state title.

Pewamo-Westphalia Community Schools

C’mon by -Always good conversations.Big Boy of St. JohnsThe Hearthstone Oven
01/09/2020

C’mon by -

Always good conversations.

Big Boy of St. Johns
The Hearthstone Oven

I welcomed the Breckenridge High School cross country team to the Michigan Capitol this week. The Huskies dominated Divi...
12/19/2019

I welcomed the Breckenridge High School cross country team to the Michigan Capitol this week. The Huskies dominated Division 4 and brought home a state title to Mid-Michigan. (News release below.)

I presented a tribute from my office honoring them, along with a championship medal adorned with the Michigan state seal.

These kids were full of humor & camaraderie & competitive fire. I’m so proud of your work and I wish you luck defending the title. Breckenridge Community Schools

https://www.themorningsun.com/sports/miprepzone/state-champs-breckenridge-boys-bring-home-d-state-title/article_67931bca-fd90-11e9-9556-a3ab6c670799.html

These heroes handled a very tough situation here in Clinton County. 🙏🙏
12/11/2019

These heroes handled a very tough situation here in Clinton County. 🙏🙏

On December 9, 2019, law enforcement officers across Clinton County were recognized by the St. Johns City Council for their efforts in bringing a peaceful end to a very violent encounter that occurred on March 17, 2019. During this incident, a St. Johns resident fired off several rounds at officers. DeWitt Township Police Sergeant Earl Christensen, Officer Ethan Rennaker and Officer Brian Brown were given commendation awards and also presented with a Resolution of Commendation from the St. Johns City Council. Present for the awards ceremony were Officer Ethan Rennaker and Officer Brian Brown. Congratulations on a job well done!

Today on the floor of the Michigan House of Representatives, I was proud to present a tribute to Liz Nagel of Dewitt. Li...
12/04/2019

Today on the floor of the Michigan House of Representatives, I was proud to present a tribute to Liz Nagel of Dewitt. Liz played golf at DeWitt High School and then played collegiately for Michigan State University.

In 2019, Liz earned her full-time LPGA card and will play on the women’s pro tour! (Article below) Congratulations, you’ve made your community and family proud.

Liz is a remarkable talent and I enjoyed spending time with her. She also fixed my putting stroke, which was needed.

https://www.mlive.com/sports/2019/11/former-michigan-state-golfer-liz-nagel-of-dewitt-qualifies-for-lpga-tour.html

I’ve received much correspondence on a recently proposed bill in the House of Representatives, HB 5244, that would exten...
11/27/2019
Michigan bill looks to move up start date for firearm deer season by 10 days

I’ve received much correspondence on a recently proposed bill in the House of Representatives, HB 5244, that would extend Michigan’s deer hunting season by 10 days. (Details below).

Hunters have reached out, mostly in opposition, stating concerns with this bill. These concerns are that the change will cause negative issues in the breeding cycle of the deer, that it may stop Michigan from being a hunting destination state for big bucks, and that we already have the longest gun season of any Midwest state.

I agree with these concerns and am quite careful when considering legislation like this; hunting is a way of life and a big boon for our economy here in Michigan, I appreciate you sharing thoughts and statistics that may help inform me (and others) on this issue.

A bill introduced in the Michigan House of Representatives looks to extend Michigan's firearm deer hunting season by 10 days.

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Mr. Filler, my name is Shirley Mitchner, I am contacting you regarding HB 4507 Duty to Act. i have called you and sent you emails atleast once every other week. please respond to me, please submit my bill to committee. will you let me die or call 911. thank you, Shirley Mitchner
Dear Rep.Graham Filler, my name is Shirley Mitchner. I am the mother of the deceased Brandon James Mitchner. Brandon was left to die on June 28, 2014. He was with a group of young men. He was left to die in the Lansing grandriver. Rep. Julie Brixie submitted HB 4507 Duty to Act which states if you are with someone and they know you are hurt, sick, shot, fell in river, drunk or overdose, do jot just leave me but call 911. These young men knew Brandon was in the river and maybe three is a possibility they pushed him in the river, but no arrests have been made. But at the end of the day we know they left him and went to a house party. Everyone made it to the party but my beloved son Brandon. Rep Filler can you please pass this bill and forward it to the sentators so they can approve it. If it was your child or love one you would want Justice and would want to hold those boys accountable for your love ones death. Are you going to call 911 or let me die. I have reached out to you via email or phone call and I have not received a response from you yet. Please help me. Thank you Shirley Mitchner [email protected]
Hello Rep. Filler, my name is Shirley Mitchner, there is a bill HB 4507 Duty to Act. Will you let me die or call 911. June 28th 2014, my son was left in the lansing grandriver by a group of his friends, they knew he was in the river and did not seek help. They did not call 911. They went to a house party and 11hrs later one of them got on facebook and wrote has anyone seen Brandon, why didn't they do that that night. There are ten states that have similar laws, the one that is similar to the one I am proposing is Wisconsin, Minnesota, Rhode Island and Vermont. I would like to add to that bill, if the person dies the person goes to prison for 3 or more years and has to pay restitution to the family nothing less than $20,000 for the costs of a funeral all expensives. If the person lives, the person has to pay restitution to the person who lived nothing less than $5,000. There are more and more people having less morals to help their friend. More and more states are looking at enacting a law Duty to Rescue, Duty to Act something similar. Let's make Michigan number eleven. This is also part of criminal reform. Mr. Filler, I have sent you numerous emails and have made numerous phone calls and have received no reply from you or your office. If it was your child wouldn't you want someone to be held accountable for not helping or saving their life. When the bill was first introduced, I spoke to you and you were so interested in the bill that you said you were going to do some investigating immediately. Well it is more than a year and the bill has not gone to your committee. If you lose the election then I will have to start all over again. Mr. Filler approve the bill and in your committee and send it to the senate. Thank you Shirley Mitchner
Hi Rep. Filler - would you provide a summary of the "game plan" going forward? I don't understand how the governor can unilaterally continue the shut-down. It seems clear in statute that the executive branch MUST involve the legislature in any extension at this point. Thanks in advance! And thanks for all you do for the 93rd District.
Graham - Please continue to stand strong in your support of our rights and civil liberties and rein in our out-of-control governor. Please ensure passage of the Senate approved bill regarding allowing people to get their necessary medical procedures and tests. You guys are our only hope right now to get things back the way they should be. Please don't let the governor win this war! Thank you for your service and your strong constitutional support.
Graham, I already know you support this...but here is more ammunition for you from the Michigan Golf Course Owners Association.
https://covidactnow.org/state/MI Shut down this state before it's too late!
Dear Representative Filler, As your constituent, I strongly urge you to oppose HB 5423, which would strip $21 million from contaminated site cleanup in Michigan. There are over 24,000 contaminated sites across our state according to Governor Whitmer's budget director, and our cleanup program already lacks the means to clean up most contaminated sites. From PFAS contamination to the green ooze situation on 696, we need real solutions like polluter pay and corporate accountability laws. Taking even more money from our cleanup programs is irresponsible and dangerous. Michigan voters enacted the bottle bill with broad bipartisan support as a tool for cleaning up our water and reducing litter. HB 5423 violates the spirit of the bottle bill, and strips essential funding from the cleanup of contaminated sites and waterways. Please support your constituents and our water resources by opposing this legislation. I look forward to your response.
I appreciate the criminal justice reform work you’re involved in! Thank you for your great service.
Representative Filler. Wyatt’s Law bills #4527, 4528, and 4529 have been introduced in the Michigan House. These bills have been assigned to your committee. Please consider having a hearing on these bills ASAP! Thank you!