Ethics committee approves Rep Hughes legislation to provide more oversight of veterans


first_img26May Ethics committee approves Rep. Hughes legislation to provide more oversight of veteran’s health care Rep. Holly Hughes testified today in support of her legislation, House Bill 5639, which would require the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency or Department of Military and Veterans Affairs report to the House and Senate four times a year on a myriad of issues pertaining to the care of our veterans living in the state’s veterans homes.“One of our most important responsibilities as legislators is to provide a check and balance on the other branches of government,” Rep. Hughes, R-Montague, said to the House Committee on Oversight and Ethics.  “This bill will ensure that the Legislature has a more direct oversight role into the care of our state’s heroes.  Problems at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans go back two decades. Although we are hearing that things are getting much better under the leadership of Michigan Veterans Affairs Director James Redford and Michigan Veterans Health System CEO Leslie Shanlian, we want to make sure that those improvements continue and that any new concerns can be immediately addressed by the Legislature.”Specifically, House Bill 5639 requires the state veterans agencies to detail information on staffing levels, number of patient complaints and responses, distribution of pharmaceutical drugs, how patient funds are allocated and number of resident deaths to House and Senate committees no later than Jan. 1, April 1, July 1 and Oct. 1 of each year.Currently, the state has facilities in Grand Rapids and Marquette, but HB 5639 allows for reporting at any future buildings, as well.Committee Chair Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan, called for a vote on HB 5639, emphasizing “we’ve had substantial hearings on this subject and there’s no need to belabor this anymore.”The committee approved the legislation by a 6-0 vote and it advances to the full House for consideration. Categories: Hughes News,Newslast_img

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