Representative Sara Cambensy

LANSING, MI--   Legislation to restore a second circuit court judgeship to Marquette County is headed to Governor Whitmer’s desk.

The county is currently served by only one after a second position was eliminated in 2017.

Marquette County court cases make up approximately 25 percent of the annual U.P. court caseload. The average annual number of felony cases alone in the county has more than doubled over the last decade, largely due to an increase in meth abuse.

The House bill was introduced by Representative Sara Cambensy and the Senate bill by Senator Ed McBroom.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The state House passed a bill last week that would add a circuit court judge to Marquette County.

LANSING, MI--   A state House committee has passed an insulin affordability bill sponsored by Representative Sara Cambensy.

The House Health Policy Committee Wednesday approved the bill, which would establish a copay cap of $50 for a 30-day supply of insulin. Cambensy says the cost of insulin has more than quadrupled over the last 20 years. She says the bill would give relief to almost 200,000 Michiganders struggling with the high price.

LANSING, MI-   The following is a press release from Representative Sara Cambensy's office:

State Rep. Sara Cambensy (D-Marquette) joined a bipartisan group of legislators today to introduce a package of bills aiming to increase healthcare access and make prescription drugs more affordable in Michigan.

Cambensy’s bill, HB 4346, would establish an insulin co-pay cap of $50 for a 30-day supply.

LANSING, MI--   Upper Peninsula lawmakers on Monday expressed displeasure with a recent Michigan administrative law judge decision to overturn a previously approved wetlands permit for the proposed Back Forty Mine in Menominee County, which is set to mine gold, zinc, and copper.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced this morning that restaurants and bars will be allowed to reopen for indoor dining beginning Feb. 1, but will be subject to a 25 percent capacity limit and 10 p.m. curfew.

The updated order is scheduled to remain in place until Feb. 21. In response, state Rep. Sara Cambensy (D-Marquette) had the following to say:

MARQUETTE, MI--   Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services 

LANSING, MI--   State Representative Sara Cambensy hopes a COVID-19 relief package can be passed by the Legislature before Christmas. 

Governor Gretchen Whitmer is asking for $100 million for economic stimulus and to boost unemployment benefits. Cambensy says such relief is desperately needed, especially for businesses.

“I think that’s where the majority of the money, you know, she wants to put it, is to give some relief to those small businesses again that are really hurting the most as we do a semi shut-down, here.” 

MARQUETTE, MI--   On Friday Gov. Whitmer and Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Director Dan Eichinger announced that the state of Michigan would be revoking and terminating the 1953 easement which allowed Enbridge to operate the dual oil and gas Line 5 pipelines through the Straits of Mackinac. 

State Rep. Sara Cambensy (D-Marquette), a longtime advocate for the jobs and affordable energy costs Upper Peninsula residents enjoy as a result of the safe operation of these pipelines, sharply criticized the move for lacking any viable energy alternatives:

Legislative Update

Sep 3, 2020

Special host Walt Lindala talks with House Representative Sara Cambensy and area news reporters on the latest in Lansing and around the state. We discuss the passage of "Return to Learn" legislation, pandemic-related budgets, and more. Guests include Lisa Bowers, of the Marquette Mining Journal and Nick Friend of WLUC-TV.