Senator Jim Stamas E-Newsletter

Serving You
Serving the people of the 36th Senate District is 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.

“Raise the Age” bills headed to governor
Michigan could soon join 47 other states in raising the age of legal adulthood in the state’s court system.

I voted in support of a package of bills that would treat 17-year-olds as minors for criminal offenses within the state’s court system. These youthful offenders would be held accountable for their actions in the juvenile justice system, where there are more age-appropriate services to help rehabilitate them and get them on the right track. States that have enacted similar raise-the-age laws have experienced a significant decrease in juvenile court referrals and recidivism. The reform would take effect Oct. 1, 2021.

The legislation would still allow for 17-year-olds to be treated as adults in violent criminal offenses. The bills now head to the governor for consideration.

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Local student job shadow
This week, I welcomed Hailey Gaskell of Sanford on the Senate floor. Hailey is an eighth grade student at Meridian Junior High School and spent Tuesday job-shadowing me during session.

It is wonderful to meet young people interested in public service and our system of government. Students like Hailey are the future leaders who will be the making the critical decisions about education, public safety and economic development.

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Halloween safety
Halloween is a fun and exciting way for children to dress up, use their imaginations and receive some sweet treats in return. It all starts with being safe.

Here are a few tips for parents to help ensure everyone has a great time. Have children stick to familiar neighborhoods, stay in well-lit areas, use sidewalks when possible, and look both ways before crossing the street.

It is vital that children can see and be seen while trick-or-treating, so have kids wear something reflective or bright and ensure they have a flashlight with fresh batteries. I also encourage parents to tell their kids not to eat any candy until it has been thoroughly inspected by an adult.

For these tips and more, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Halloween Safety page online or www.safekids.org/halloween. Happy Halloween!

Keep an eye out for deer!
October, November and December are the most dangerous months for deer/vehicle crashes in Michigan. According to Michigan State Police data, one in six Michigan traffic accidents in 2018 was caused by a collision with a deer. Michigan had 53,464 accidents involving deer in 2018 — up 5% from 2017 and up 14% from 2016.

The state police recommend drivers stay alert, especially at dawn and dusk; slow down at the sight of one deer as deer often travel in groups; and watch for deer crossing signs. If a crash is unavoidable, do not swerve. Brake firmly to a controlled stop. Then pull off the road, turn on your emergency flashers and report the crash to the nearest police agency.

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Feds will require REAL ID beginning Oct. 1, 2020
Travelers are reminded that in a little over a year, the federally mandated REAL ID law goes into effect. Starting Oct. 1, 2020, residents will need a REAL ID to travel by air — even on domestic flights — or to enter some federal buildings.

The federal REAL ID Act of 2005 was passed in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks and requires higher standards for identification. A REAL ID can be a U.S. passport (unexpired) or a Michigan Enhanced Driver’s License, or you can turn your standard driver’s license into a REAL ID at the secretary of state’s office. This new license features a star in a gold circle printed on your license or ID card to show compliance. Visit www.Michigan.gov/REALID to learn more about the law and what information you need to provide.

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Looking for a late fall getaway?
For families looking for an autumn excursion, the 2019 Pure Michigan Fall Travel Guide covers it all. The publication highlights places to go and sights to see across our great state and features articles on family trips, Isle Royale, pet-friendly travel, outdoor sports destinations and more.

Residents can access the digital version at www.michigan.org/travel-guide or contact my office to receive a print copy.

The Pure Michigan website also offers links to a wide variety of fall-related activities, such as a list of fantastic fall scenic drives, pumpkin patches in Michigan, and state parks to see breathtaking fall colors.

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
100 N. Capitol Ave., Room S-324.
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

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