State Rep. Graham Filler welcomes Luke Hagerty to the House Agriculture Committee, where Luke gave testimony on the importance role 4-H plays in the lives of young people.
Legislator urges MSU, state health department to allow fairs, 4-H
State Rep. Graham Filler, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, this week listened to testimony from 4-H kids and community fair organizers about the detrimental impact COVID-19 restrictions could have on young people if fairs and 4-H programs are not allowed to offer in-person activities this year.
In 2020, Michigan State University Extension canceled all face-to-face activities for its programs, including 4-H, as a result of state pandemic orders. Filler believes fairs and the showing of animals can and should go forward this year in a safe manner.
“Listening to the passionate testimony from these young people was incredibly moving,” Filler said. “It’s clear that kids in our communities benefit tremendously from 4-H programs and fairs. These are great programs that offer young people a place to belong while teaching personal responsibility, confidence and teamwork. It would be a shame if they miss out on another full year of experiences.”
Filler welcomed Logan Hagerty, a 19-year-old FFA and 4-H participant from Clinton County’s Victor Township, who testified about the important role 4-H has had in his life.
“It has been a phenomenal experience,” Hagerty said, describing how his experiences at the Clinton County Fair helped him decide to pursue a career in the agricultural industry. “Had I not gotten a chance to exhibit at the fair and share my passion with others, I would probably still be aimlessly wandering.”
State Rep. Graham Filler is conducting a tour of restaurants and other establishments in Clinton County and southern Gratiot County – supporting local businesses and the many people they employ while advocating for the safe transition to normal capacity limits.
State Rep. Graham Filler today sent a letter to the director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services calling on the department to reconsider a complete ban on smoking at cigar bars, hookah lounges and tobacco specialty retail stores in Michigan.
State Rep. Graham Filler today praised the efforts of local health care professionals who are working hard to facilitate the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine and offered helpful information for residents waiting to receive their shots.