Pettalia memorial highway bill nearly law

I recently joined Rep. Sue Allor, R-Wolverine, and Karen Pettalia before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in support of my legislation to permanently honor Karen’s late husband, former Rep. Peter Pettalia, who died in 2016 in an accident while traveling down to the Capitol for session.

In May, the Senate unanimously approved Senate Bill 622 to designate the portion of U.S. 23 in Presque Isle County between Maple Drive and Misiak Highway as the “Peter A. Pettalia Memorial Highway.” It is now pending before the House.

Pete was a commonsense public servant who was dedicated to improving the lives of the people in Northern Michigan. To those of us who were blessed to know him, he was a good friend who loved life, his family, his community and the entire state.

Rep. Pettalia served three terms in the Michigan House of Representatives from 2011 until his untimely death in September 2016. Pete enjoyed traveling throughout the Sunrise Side along Heritage Route 23, and naming part of that route would be a fitting tribute to his life and his tremendous impact. Although Pete is missed very much, this tribute would ensure that he is never forgotten. Insert “Read More” tab here

Pettalia 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. Pete was a member of several Presque Isle and Alpena area organizations and enjoyed spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren.

The bill would 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.