Senator Jim Stamas E-Newsletter

Serving You
It has been great to meet and talk with people throughout the 36th Senate District this summer. It is hard to believe that high school sports are already starting and kids will soon be in school. Serving you is very important to me, and I encourage you to contact me with any state issues. You may call toll-free at 1-855-347-8036 or email senjstamas@senate.michigan.gov. 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.

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I recently joined Rep. Sue Allor and local and state officials for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of two significant phases of the East Tawas State Harbor reconstruction project. The roughly $5 million project is supported through use of various state and federal funding sources to improve access to modern amenities, enhance safety features and better connect boaters with the local community.

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I had the pleasure of meeting many future leaders at the Midland County Fair’s small animal auction. I really enjoy meeting the next generation of farmers, and it is an honor to help support their efforts. Their dedication to their animals, our community and the mission of 4-H is outstanding. Thank you to all the 4-H participants and their families for everything you do.

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Earlier this month, the Alpena City Band concluded its 100th anniversary season with a celebration concert at the Bay View Park Band Shell. Hundreds of people came out to hear the band play, and I was honored to present Director Lisa Schultz with a state recognition of the group’s historic milestone. Here’s to another 100 years!

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Back to school
As summer winds down, students and their families are busy making plans for the start of school.

Investing in education is one of my top priorities. It is important that our schools have the resources to prepare our students for the opportunities and challenges ahead. It is also vital to ensure our kids have a safe place to learn.

I am pleased to share this Back to School report with you. It includes information on record school funding, school safety and more. Best wishes to all for a successful school year!

New law to improve veteran services
I supported legislation — now signed into law — to provide Michigan veterans with better access to services and benefits. Public Act 210 of 2018 creates a state fund to help counties establish and maintain veteran services offices. The fund will help ensure counties have the resources to provide support to our state’s veterans.

Over 600,000 veterans call Michigan home and many look to their local government for assistance in obtaining their veteran benefits.

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Enjoy the local farmers market
Michigan’s food and agriculture industry contributes over $100 billion annually to our economy and employs more than 900,000 workers — roughly 22 percent of the state’s workforce.

Our connection to agriculture is clearest at the local farmers market, where people can directly interact with area growers and producers. As farmers continue to offer summer produce and begin to harvest autumn fruits and vegetables, our farmers markets are going strong.

I encourage residents to support local growers and producers by visiting the local farmers market. You can find a farmers market near you by visiting www.mifma.org/findafarmersmarket.

Helping patients and reducing opioid abuse
Statistics show that one in four patients who are prescribed prescription opioids long term struggle with overdose. A Michigan law recently took effect to strengthen efforts to fight this opioid epidemic.

Public Act 251 of 2017 limits an acute pain prescription of an opioid to a seven-day supply within a seven-day period. Acute pain is described as pain associated with procedures or trauma, such as a sprained ankle or having wisdom teeth removed, that lasts a limited amount of time.

The new law limits exposure to potentially addictive medications and reduces the potential for overdose. Other reforms already in place require doctors to consult the Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS) and counsel patients on the risks of opioids before prescribing.

THE 36TH DISTRICT

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The 36th Senate District is made up of 10 counties, which includes: Presque Isle, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Oscoda, Alcona, Iosco, Arenac, Gladwin and Midland counties.

Thank you for subscribing to my electronic newsletter! I am honored to represent you in the 36th Senate District of Michigan. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Please feel free to forward this on to others who may be interested in receiving the 36th District E-news. You may sign up for it also at my website or via Facebook.

Senator Jim Stamas
201 Townsend Street Suite #5200
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

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