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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

 

Senate recognizes Michigan’s fallen soldiers

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I was honored to organize this year’s Michigan State Senate Memorial Day Service to pay tribute to the Michigan service members who made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our freedom and way of life. For the past 25 years, the Michigan Senate has suspended its session activities for one day around Memorial Day to remember the men and women who have died in service to our country.

I want to especially thank U.S. Army veteran and Purple Heart Medal recipient Brian Daniels for being our keynote speaker for the ceremony.

In 2005, Daniels was the sole survivor from his HUMVEE after the truck was blown up by an improvised explosive device. After learning to walk again, he became a personal trainer in New York before moving home to Michigan to raise his son. Last year, Daniels and his business partner opened a boxing and fitness studio in Lansing, where he uses his life experiences to help others find their strength.

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The ceremony also featured a tribute to Pfc. Michael A. Thompson, who was killed in April while serving in Operation Inherent Resolve in Syria.

I also want to thank Joe Castiglia of Sterling Heights for performing the National Anthem. He did a great job.

 

International Academy of Macomb ranked among nation’s best

The U.S. News & World Report recently announced its 2019 Best High Schools. I was happy to see the International Academy of Macomb was ranked eighth, compared to over 17,000 high schools nationwide. Their commitment to education has a profound impact on our community and the world more broadly.

 

Historic auto insurance reform sent to governor

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Our long car insurance nightmare is nearly over. Bipartisan legislation to guarantee lower auto insurance rates is on its way to the governor to be signed.

Michigan’s sky-high auto insurance rates and their impact on families and job providers to make ends meet is one of the most common issues I hear about from Macomb County families. I proudly supported this reform to address this problem and finally reduce car insurance rates in Michigan while allowing drivers to choose the option that fits the individual needs of their families.

Senate Bill 1 would require auto insurers to offer Michigan drivers five new personal injury protection (PIP) coverage options, including the ability of drivers with qualified medical coverage — such as employer health insurance or Medicare — to opt out of PIP coverage since they already have medical coverage for injuries.

Drivers would also be able to choose an unlimited coverage option like what is currently required, but with a minimum 10% PIP rate reduction.

This historic reform will fix a broken auto insurance system that is failing Michigan families and provide a real solution that guarantees reduced rates, cracks down on fraud and lawsuit abuse, and gives drivers the ability to pick the insurance coverage that fits them — for the first time in almost two generations.

SB 1 would also ban the use of several nondriving factors in setting insurance rates, reduce fraud and conflicts of interest in the auto insurance system and cut the announced $220 annual Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA) fee by 80% for all options other than unlimited coverage.

People already receiving care through the MCCA will continue to get lifetime care under their current unlimited benefit policy as promised.

 

Meeting with Macomb County residents

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It was great to see so many of you at a recent coffee hour at Biggby Coffee in Macomb. I will continue to hold open meetings throughout the district to hear what your top priorities are for our state so I can better serve you in Lansing.

Our next office hour will be on Friday, June 7 from 4 - 5:30 p.m. at the Clinton-Macomb North Branch Public Library, 16800 24 Mile Road #2 in Macomb Township.

Coffee and office 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 next office hour, please contact my office.

 

C.J. Barrymore’s celebrates 45 years

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It was an honor to take part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new rides that opened at C.J. Barrymore’s in Clinton Township and present a tribute to C.J. Barrymore’s founder and owner Rick Iceberg. It all started back in 1974 with just a driving range and one go-kart track.

This past month C.J. Barrymore’s added four new attractions: a 120-foot-tall drop tower; the Saddle Sling; a 110-foot-tall Ferris wheel; and a spinning coaster. C.J. Barrymore’s now stretches across 25 acres of land. Thank you for your 45 years of steadfast service and your dedication to our community, and we wish you all the best in the years to come.

 

First bill signing ceremony with the governor

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I joined Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for a bill signing ceremony on my legislation clarifying the state’s medical marijuana law and enabling state regulators to more effectively and efficiently provide necessary oversight of medical marijuana businesses.

Senate Bill 203, now Public Act 3 of 2019, changed the applicant requirements in the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act to require those with influence over the business to go through the background check process by the state to receive a license.

 

Need ideas for a summer getaway?

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Spring is in full swing, and summer is just around the corner. Whether you enjoy warm weather fun on the water, in the woods or at the golf course, Michigan has it all!

The 2019 Pure Michigan Spring/Summer Travel Guide features lighthouses, tiny towns, national forests and Great Lakes shore experiences as well as craft beer and urban destinations. The publication also includes a seasonal calendar of festival events.

Residents can order a printed guide or download a digital version at https://www.michigan.org/travel-guide.

 

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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