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Governor Signs Veterans’ Facility Reporting Bill

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Michigan veterans’ facilities are getting new reporting requirements.

GovernorRick Snyder signed a bill Wednesday that requires the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency, its successor agency, or the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) to send reports to the governor and legislature four times a year.  The reports must examine issues like timeliness of medication distribution, how patient’s money is accounted for, and staffing levels. 

Republican Representative Holly Hughes was a bill sponsor.  She said the reporting is necessary given the constant turnover in state government. 

“We have 60 new members coming in in January,” she said.  “So, no matter who’s  here, I want that report in front of them quarterly so they can respond quickly and not every other year to make sure that we’re on top of things for our veterans.”

The report must also examine issues that raised eyebrows during an audit of a Grand Rapids veterans’ facility last February, like staffing levels and patient complaints. 

“It’s really important that these quarterly reports come to the veterans’ affairs committee in the House and also in the Senate, so that we can keep an eye on it,” Hughes said.  “Particularly with the problems that we’ve had at the Grand Rapids home, according to the Auditor General’s report.”

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—Cheyna Roth is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org

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