Republican State Rep. Says She Will Continue Advocating For Constituents' Priorities In Lansing

Oct 24, 2018

Beth Griffin
Credit Gordon Evans / WMUK

State Representative Beth Griffin says her top priorities remain road funding, additional investments in K-12 education and auto insurance reform. Griffin is running for re-election in the 66th state House District.

The Republican was first elected to represent all of Van Buren County as well as the city of Parchment, and Alamo and Cooper Townships in Kalamazoo County in 2016. She is running for her second term in the state House.

Griffin says people should have options for different levels of car insurance. She says one of those options should be the current required auto insurance, which includes lifetime coverage for people seriously injured in auto accidents. But Griffin says people should be able to buy cheaper insurance that doesn’t include that coverage. Griffin says she favors more transparency for the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association Fund that pays for long term coverage. She says there should be an independent examination of the fund.

Griffin says she would like more K-12 funding for career and technical education. She says employers in her district say they need more qualified workers to expand. Griffin says that training can happen at a combination of intermediate school districts and community colleges.

Parchment residents, in Griffin’s district, were advised not to drink their water this summer due to high levels of PFASes. Griffin says state lawmakers are still learning a lot about the chemical compounds. She says the state needs to invest in better testing. But Griffin says a short and long term plan are needed for ensuring that drinking water is safe.