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Editorial: Legislators achieved impressive attention to duty this year

December 29, 2011
The Alpena News

A perfect record for most things is hard to attain - especially if you had to participate 619 times to achieve it.

That is exactly what State Rep. Peter Pettalia, R-Presque Isle, did in his year of the Legislature - he voted 619 times on every roll call measure that he faced in the Michigan House in 2011.

"The people of Northeast Michigan elected me to help put our state back on track," he said in a news release about the achievement. "In order to accomplish this, undertaking it is a top priority to never miss a day on the job."

Under the leadership of not only a significantly new group of legislators, but also first-year Gov. Rick Snyder, a number of noteworthy achievements were accomplished in Lansing this year, including balancing the state budget well ahead of the new fiscal year Oct. 1, reducing red tape in Lansing, revising much of the state's welfare system and reducing government spending by over $1 billion.

Pettalia sponsored 12 bills this year and had two signed into law - a program for youth mentored hunting and modifications to home foreclosure rules in the state.

State Sen. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, didn't achieve the same perfect voting recognition as Pettalia. However, the comparison is like apples to oranges. While Pettalia voted 619 times, Moolenaar would have had to have voted 6,834 times. Of those, he missed 85.

Looking at both legislators, we're pretty impressed with their representation and attention to duty. Both obviously were dedicated to the task we sent them to do, and both obviously were diligent in representing our interests and concerns.

Let's expect the same in 2012.



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