Marleau to chair new Appropriations subcommittee

LANSING — State Sen. Jim Marleau, R-Lake Orion, announced on Tuesday that he will chair the newly formed Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services.

“As chairman of this committee, I want to focus on renewing the confidence of our residents to make healthy decisions,” said Marleau, R-Lake Orion. “We also have a great opportunity to remove redundant practices and to help ensure government is more efficient.”

In February, the departments of Community Health and Human Services were merged to form the Department of Health and Human Services. The new appropriations subcommittee, created on Tuesday, will replace the two subcommittees representing the old departments.

Marleau currently serves on the Appropriations Committee and was the chairman of the former Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Community Health.

In addition, Marleau is a member of the Senate Health Policy Committee, and he was the chairman of that committee during the previous Legislature and in the House of Representatives.

Also serving with Marleau on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services are Sens. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford (vice chairman); John Proos, R-St. Joseph; Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake; Goeff Hansen, R-Hart; Vincent Gregory, D-Southfield; and Curtis Hertel, Jr., D-East Lansing.

“I look forward to working with all of the members of this committee,” Marleau said. “Senator MacGregor in particular will be a great benefit to our leadership team. He brings invaluable experience from the Human Services budget, and his expertise will go a long way toward better serving the residents of Michigan.”

Marleau also serves as a member of the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee, the Senate Transportation Committee and the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.