Pettalia memorial highway bill sent to governor

Sen. Jim Stamas

Sen. Jim Stamas

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas and Rep. Sue Allor have announced that legislation to permanently honor former Rep. Peter Pettalia is on its way to the governor to be signed. Pettalia died in 2016 in an accident while traveling down to the Capitol for session.

“Representative Pettalia was a commonsense public servant who served in many roles to help improve the lives of the people in Northern Michigan,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “Just as important, he was a good friend who loved life, his family, his community and the entire state.

“Pete enjoyed traveling throughout the Sunrise Side along Heritage Route 23, and naming part of that route through his home county is a fitting tribute to his life and his tremendous impact. Although Pete is missed very much, this memorial will ensure that he is never forgotten.”

Senate Bill 622 would designate the portion of U.S. 23 in Presque Isle County between Maple Drive and Misiak Highway as the “Peter A. Pettalia Memorial Highway.”

“As I travel throughout the 106th District, it still amazes me how many people knew him and have a story to share about his dedication to our state,” said Allor, R-Wolverine. “This memorial highway will honor a fun-loving family man who stepped up to serve his community and earned the respect of members in both parties.”

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 of Representatives from 2011 until his untimely 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 Karen, two children and two granddaughters.

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.