- James Townsend
State Representative Calley in the News
A release from State Rep. Julie Calley’s office dated February 12th announced the following:
Rep. Calley invites residents to local office hours
State Rep. Julie Calley invites residents to attend her local office hours in two communities on Monday, Feb. 26.
Rep. Calley, of Portland, will give a legislative update to attendees. Then, if residents have individual concerns, she will take one on one meetings.
Rep. Calley will meet with constituents at the following locations:
Campbell Township Hall, 331 South Main St., Clarksville, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The Barry County Courthouse, Commissioners’ Chambers, 220 W. State St., Hastings, from 1 to 2 p.m.
“It is my goal to hold office hours at additional locations this year,” said Calley. “I look forward to my time in Clarksville and anticipate a great dialogue with the people I serve.”
No appointment is necessary. Residents unable to attend scheduled office hours may send their questions and ideas to Rep. Calley via email at JulieCalley@house.mi.gov or call her at 517-373-0842.
In a separate release dated February 14th:
Rep. Calley bill addresses status of county auditors within election law
A bill introduced by state Rep. Julie Calley of Portland cleaning up Michigan election law by eliminating references to a local office no longer being utilized was advanced today in a unanimous vote by the Michigan House.
There are currently no elected boards of county auditors in the state of Michigan. The last remaining board, located in Saginaw County, was phased out in 2005. Previous law also required local governments to follow audit procedures laid out by the Department of Treasury, limiting the need for local elected boards.
Passages still exist within current Michigan election law mentioning the positions. Calley’s proposal, House Bill 5114, takes out a requirement that a general election be held to elect a county auditor. Companion legislation sponsored by state Rep. Michael Webber, of Rochester Hills, removes the requirement for primary elections.
“Part of our job as a legislature is crafting new plans that help the people of Michigan, but another important component is going back to look at existing laws or segments of those laws that are no longer relevant to the current landscape,” Calley said. “There were large sections within election law that have long been outdated and this change was needed to offer clarification regarding these positions.”
Calley’s bill is part of a bipartisan, five-bill package now headed to the Senate for further consideration.