Local lawmakers in action

Local lawmakers have been busy with their actions in Washington D.C., Lansing and the local district. Numerous changes were made to laws regarding the legality of abortion, civil rights, the repeal of Right To Work and more.

The Munising Beacon looks at the politicians in action.

Bergman joins “Northern Border Security Caucus”

Jack Bergman, U.S. Representative for the Upper Peninsula and northern lower peninsula, has joined the Northern Border Security Caucus along with 27 other representatives. The caucus is hoping to highlight issues on the world’s largest international border, citing an increase in border interactions, drug trafficking and human trafficking cases.

“For years, Congress has been reactionary as problems arise. However, this new caucus will allow us to work together to begin addressing our Nation’s security and identify problems facing our Law Enforcement on our Northern border before they get out of control,” Bergman said in a release.

Hill active in 1931 abortion repeal Local representative Jenn Hill joined with fellow Democrats to repeal a law regarding abortion in Michigan. Originally enacted in 1931, the bill returned to action after the U.S. Supreme Court repealed Roe v Wade in 2022.

“Since the overturning of Roe v. Wade, people across the central Upper Peninsula have been demanding protection for their personal rights and freedoms. Today, we are one step closer to achieving that goal. I’m proud of the work being done in Lansing to safeguard bodily autonomy across Michigan, and I will continue to advocate for this legislation until the governor signs it into law,” Hill said in a statement.

Michigan U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow also supported federal legislation to legalize abortion this week.

McBroom praised for no vote on SB 4 State Senator Ed McBroom has received widespread praise for his comments on the senate floor about why he would be voting against the expansion of the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act after language was cut that would provide more consistent application of penalties if a traditionally majority group were to be discriminated against.

The video, titled “Sen. McBroom: No Vote Explanation on SB4” has been viewed at least 2,000 times on various social media platforms and picked up by national conservative news outlets.

Markkanen, McBroom speak on FinnU closure McBroom and Michigan Representative Greg Markkanen gave a statement last Friday expressing the cultural and educational hit of losing Finlandia University in the Copper Country.

“Finlandia University has been opening up new opportunities for students and helping improve lives in the Upper Peninsula for over a century — and it is truly sad to hear that their long legacy of contributions will be coming to an end. I feel for the many students and staff and their families, yet I am also encouraged by the support of many universities who have already stepped up to ensure the Finlandia students can finish their education,” McBroom said.

Former local rep hired by lobby Former Michigan House of Representatives member Sara Cambensy has been hired by the Michigan Chemistry Council, a 501(c)6 special interest group that promotes chemistry in Michigan industry since 1967. Cambensy most recently served as Alger County’s representative before terming out in 2022.