LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas and Rep. Sue Allor announced that they have introduced legislation to permanently honor former Rep. Peter Pettalia, who died last year in an accident while traveling down to the Capitol for session.
“Pete was a personal friend and a common-sense public servant who did his best to improve the lives of the people in Northern Michigan,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “He loved his family, his friends and the community. Pete was passionate about life on the Sunrise Side and enjoyed traveling along Heritage Route 23.
“Naming part of that route through Pete’s home county is a fitting tribute to a life well lived and the tremendous impact he had on so many lives. He is missed by everyone who knew him, but he will never be forgotten.”
Senate Bill 622 and House Bill 5078 would designate the portion of US-23 in Presque Isle County between Maple Drive and Misiak Highway as the “Peter A. Pettalia Memorial Highway.”
“As I travel northeastern Michigan and carry out my duties in Lansing, I continue to hear stories about the work that Representative Pettalia did on our behalf during his time in the Legislature,” said Allor, R-Wolverine. “He paved the way for future public servants from our area to continue on a road of success, fighting for the people of the 106th House District.”
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 bills would have no fiscal impact on the state or local government. Under state law, the Michigan Department of Transportation can place markers indicating the name of a memorial highway only “when sufficient private contributions are received to completely cover the cost of erecting and maintaining those markers.”