State Rep. Julie Calley and the Michigan House today voted to protect the rights of Michigan parents to take part in medical decisions involving their minor children.
“Parents are in the best position to understand the unique needs of their child,” Calley said. “Except in emergency situations where the life of a child is at risk, parents should always be consulted before a medical procedure is performed on a child.”
House Bill 5880 simply clarifies that a health professional licensed in Michigan cannot provide non-emergency medical care to a minor without the consent of the minor’s parent or guardian.
The plan now advances to the Senate for further consideration.
Thank you for granting me this opportunity to serve you the last six years. You have inspired me with your strength, determination, collaboration, sincerity, and compassion. I have met so many fantastic servant leaders in Barry and Ionia counties. I appreciate your partnership, and I will benefit from your example for years to come.
Calley, of Portland, said the Open Meetings Act is frequently referenced by public bodies, the people who serve on them, and the public – yet it currently includes confusing language and complicated legal terminology that can inspire more questions instead of providing clear-cut answers. The solution Calley is offering rewrites the Open Meetings Act using plain language.
State Rep. Julie Calley, center, recently welcomed a Hastings family to the state Capitol, where they shadowed her as “Representatives for a Day.” Dr. Paul DeWitt and his wife Jennie won the opportunity through the 2020 fundraiser auction benefitting Green Gables Haven, a nonprofit organization in Hastings that serves people impacted by domestic violence. They were accompanied by their grandchildren, Christian and Lily Haire.