Lansing- The Michigan State Senate unanimously voted to approve legislation that would make part of US-23 a tribute to former State Representative Peter Pettalia. The legislation was introduced by State Senator Jim Stamas, R-Midland.
“It’s appropriate to recognize his contributions especially as a sitting representative when the accident happened and to continue to recognize and say thank you,” said Stamas.
Pettalia was killed in a motorcycle accident in 2016 on his way down to Lansing for a meeting. The former State Representative proudly served the 106th district from 2011 to 2016. Before that, Pettalia served as Township Supervisor for 16 years. He was also a volunteer firefighter for the East Grand Lake Fire Department for 15 years and an active participant in several organizations throughout Alpena and Presque Isle.
Senate Bill 622 will not have a fiscal impact on the state or local government. The stretch of highway that will be dedicated to Pettalia would stretch from Maple Drive up until the Misiak Highway. Private contributions will cover the cost of erecting markers on the highway.
The next stop for the bill is the House of Representatives.