State Rep. Jack O’Malley, of Lake Ann, today issued the following statement after voting to advance House Bill 5880, which requires licensed medical professionals to gain consent from parents before providing non-emergency medical care to their child, and voting to approve House Resolution 349, which condemns training videos from the Michigan Department of Education that encourages teachers to withhold information from a parent regarding their child:
“Parents lead the way in their child’s well-being and development, and I believe parents should be involved with things that concern their child. This is not a radical belief – it’s one an overwhelming majority of parents across the state and ones in northern Michigan hold.
“Policies that trim transparency and cut corners on communication regarding people’s children create a slippery slope to shielding parents from more and more things that involve their child. Parents are in the best position to know their child’s needs and circumstances, and these votes represent this truth.
“The backlash to the Department of Education’s videos has not been partisan. Both sides of the aisle have expressed concern – including the governor. This isn’t about political posturing. This is about what’s right – and I’ll continue to represent and fight for the interests of families across northern Michigan.”
Plans state Rep. Jack O’Malley developed to improve the child welfare system, promote adoption and shore up areas where the adoption and foster care system have fallen short are now law. House Bill 6070, now Public Act 207 of 2022, will let more employers provide paid time off for workers following the adoption of a […]
Rep. O’Malley talks about final House passage this week of his HB 6070, which would allow Michigan employers to voluntarily offer employees adopting a child to claim a credit on state taxes. Rep. O’Malley was a member of the Michigan House Adoption and Foster Care Task Force, which in 2021 issued a number of recommendations […]
Rep. O’Malley says that he is concerned that children’s advocacy centers in northern Michigan will see cuts in funding due to changes at the federal level, adding the drop will also impact other victim service programs across the state.