Governor signs Pettalia memorial highway bill

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday signed Sen. Jim Stamas’ legislation to name a part of U.S. 23 in honor of the late Rep. Peter Pettalia.

“Pete was a good friend and devoted husband, father and grandfather whose life was tragically cut short as he traveled down to serve the people of Northern Michigan as their representative,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “Representative Pettalia was a commonsense public servant who loved life, the Sunrise Side, and the entire state — serving in many roles to improve people’s lives.

“Pete truly enjoyed traveling along Heritage Route 23, and naming part of that route through his home county is a fitting tribute to his life and will ensure that he is never forgotten.”

Senate Bill 622, now Public Act 215 of 2018, designates the portion of U.S. 23 in Presque Isle County between Maple Drive and Misiak Highway as the “Peter A. Pettalia Memorial Highway.” Pettalia died in 2016 in an accident on his way down to the Capitol for session.

Rep. Sue Allor, R-Wolverine, sponsored a similar bill in the House of Representatives.

Stamas and Allor welcomed Pettalia’s wife Karen to the Capitol in May for a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing on the legislation.

Pettalia served three terms in the Michigan House from 2011 until his death in September 2016. He previously served as Presque Isle Township supervisor for 16 years and as a volunteer firefighter for the East Grand Lake Fire Department for 15 years. Pettalia was a member of several Presque Isle and Alpena area organizations and enjoyed spending time with his wife, two children and two granddaughters.

The act will have no fiscal impact on the state or local government. State law requires sufficient private contributions to completely cover the cost of erecting and maintaining markers indicating the name of a memorial highway.

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