IRON MOUNTAIN, Mich. (WLUC) Michigan's Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley was in Dickinson County Tuesday. He swore in the newly elected 108th District State Representative, Beau Lafave. Lafave took the oath of office at the Dickinson County Courthouse.
Lieutenant Governor Calley said it was important for him to make the trip specifically to deliver the oath today. Calley is a strong advocate for autism and those with special needs and disabilities and said he admires LaFave for being able to overcome many of the obstacles he's faced.
Beau's in a unique position to not just advocate, but to make a difference in policy because he's been there and done that, but then to also inspire other people to reach higher, to dream bigger…to not let obstacles get in the way," Lt. Gov. Brian Calley said.
"I appreciate his comments and his understanding that, you know, not everything in life comes easy for anybody," Rep. Beau LaFave said. "So…and you can make that case for anybody; we all have our specific troubles."
In addition to swearing-in LaFave, Calley visited local businesses to discuss efforts to "protect and grow" the defense industry in the state.
"The entire state has some kind of defense-related activity that's happening in it, much of it being related to defense contractors; people that have a contract for defense-related work," Calley said. "So it's big, but it's no where near as big as it could be."
He also spoke about an initiative, carrying out the implementation of special education task forces, and the new bills he will be signing in the next couple of days, in relation to it.
"There will be a bill, or series of bills, I'll be signing in a couple of days to change some areas of special education law, which is the first part of that implementation," Calley said. "But, moving forward, I know that the scope and the size of services that are available in special education needs…it needs help."
Calley has also recently been working on a jail diversion pilot program. It's aimed at keeping individuals who have a mental illness or disability away from incarceration and, instead, into treatment.