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Serving the people of Macomb County is very important to me, and I encourage you to contact me with any state issue. You may email SenMMacDonald@senate.michigan.gov or call toll-free at 1-517-373-7315. Also, please check out my Facebook page. Let me know if I can assist you in any way or if you have an idea to help move our state forward.

Working for you,

Michael D. MacDonald
State Senator

Celebrating Reading Month with local students

 
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Improving reading levels is vital to the future of our state, and reading to children at a young age can help them develop a love of reading and an interest in learning.

March was National Reading Month. In an effort to promote the importance of reading, I read to hundreds of students at local elementary schools throughout Macomb County, including Immanuel Lutheran School in Macomb Township, Parkway Christian School in Sterling Heights, and Huron and Erie elementary schools in Clinton Township.

I kicked off the month on March 1 by reading to students at Fox Elementary School in Macomb Township and Trinity Lutheran Church School in Clinton Township. It is always a great time meeting students and sharing a good story with them, and I want to thank each of the schools for welcoming me to read to their students.

Listening to residents at district coffee hours

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We had another great turnout for our coffee hour last month at Ken’s Country Kitchen in Clinton Township, and we will continue to hold coffee hours throughout the district to hear directly from the people.

Our next coffee hour will be on Monday, April 22 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Panera Bread, 36808 Van Dyke Ave. in Sterling Heights. Coffee hours are open to all residents to express their opinions or concerns about state government or to request assistance with a state issue. No appointment is necessary. If you cannot attend the coffee hour, please contact my office.

MCCA fee hike shows need for auto insurance reform

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Last month’s announcement by the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA) of a nearly 15 percent increase in its assessment is just another example of the long-overdue need in Michigan for serious reform that will reduce car insurance rates while also continuing to ensure that accident victims receive the medical care they need.

Drivers in Michigan are currently paying the nation’s highest car insurance rates. Our sky-high auto insurance costs are one of the top issues I hear about from Macomb County families, and I am proud the Senate made finally tackling this problem its top legislative priority.

There is now an easy way for residents to let their voices be heard. A new website has been launched to allow drivers to let policymakers know what reducing auto insurance rates would mean to them. Residents can tell their stories about what lower auto insurance rates would mean to their family at www.IfMiRatesWereLower.com. I encourage drivers to submit their stories as we continue to work on achieving much-needed relief for Michigan drivers.

Free Michigan fishing guide available

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Michigan’s 2019 fishing license season began on April 1. The 2019 Michigan Fishing Guide is now available and features information on licenses, seasons, new and general regulations, county exceptions, inland trout and salmon regulations and more. The publication is available where fishing licenses are sold or online at www.michigan.gov/dnrdigests. The online version is always up to date and available to download.

Anglers can buy their fishing license in person at a local license retailer or online at www.mdnr-elicense.com. The annual fee for a resident all-species fishing license is $26; an annual senior license is available for $11 for residents 65 or older.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

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Distracted driving is dangerous. The Michigan State Police report that distracted driving was involved in 20,115 crashes and 72 fatalities in 2017.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and it’s a good time to encourage drivers to keep their eyes on the road and keep their phone out of reach when driving. By the way, it’s against the law in Michigan to read, type or send a text message while driving.

While any number of distractions can take our eyes or attention off the road — like talking on the phone, eating or using a dashboard touchscreen — texting is the riskiest. Texting drivers may have their eyes off the road for five seconds — enough time to travel the length of a football field at 55 miles per hour.

 

Michigan's 10th Senate District

The 10th District includes the city of Sterling Heights, Macomb Township and most of Clinton Township.

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Senator Michael D. MacDonald
4200 Connie Binsfeld Building
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

 
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