Presidents Message

Michigan Legislature contemplating changes to the structure of Emergency Management in Michigan

Michigan Emergency Management Association
Therese Cremonte, President
September 16, 2020

Dear MEMA Membership,

This correspondence is to inform you about proposed legislation that will have a direct impact to the MEMA membership and to the future of the Emergency Management discipline in the State of Michigan.

Representative Jack O’Malley (R) of Michigan’s 101st House of Representatives District, is the sponsor of House Bill 6148; this bill would move Emergency Management from under the Michigan State Police and create a new, separate executive level department that would answer directly to the Governor. Representative O’Malley spoke with the MEMA Executive Board during their open meeting on Monday, September 14, 2020 to explain the intent of HB 6148. In his presentation, Representative O’Malley described the bill as being “non-political” with the intent of bringing Emergency Management forward as its own recognized discipline.

Yesterday, September 15, 2020, testimony was heard on HB 6148 at the House Military, Veterans and Homeland Security Committee. Two current Michigan Emergency Managers and MEMA members gave testimony to the committee on the merits of HB 6148. The link to see the hearing is https://www.house.mi.gov/SharedVideo/PlayVideoArchive.html?video=MILI-091520.mp4

Representative Jack O’Malley will be addressing the MEMA membership during the bi-annual MEMA Membership Meeting on October 6, 2020. This meeting will be virtual. You need to be a paid MEMA member to attend the meeting, so make sure your membership dues are paid for this year. It is important for you to take part in this meeting and stay informed on this topic. Do not miss your opportunity to listen, and to ask questions.

House Bill 6148 is attached. MEMA will do our best to keep our membership updated on the progress of HB 6148 as it moves through the Michigan Legislature. There is more discussion and review to come.

Transparency and communication is key to MEMA membership. If you have any feedback that you would like to share, feel free to contact me.Best Regards,

Therese Cremonte
MEMA President

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