Senator Jim Stamas E-Newsletter

Serving You
I hope you had a fun Halloween. As we start November, deer hunting season and Thanksgiving are just around the corner. Serving the constituents of the 36th Senate District 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. I look forward to serving you. 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 toured Hozy Hoch Hops Farm in Otsego County with owners Olen Henke and Dan Sevenski. The venture grows organic hops for use by craft breweries and home brewers. They planted 1,200 hops plants last year and this fall reaped their first harvest. It is always great to meet new, Michigan entrepreneurs who have chosen our great state to start their business. Good luck!

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I had the opportunity to join many friends at the 2017 Gaylord Focus on Life Dinner. It was a great opportunity to hear from this year’s keynote speaker, Mrs. Stephanie Chatfield. The power of her story was very moving. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

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Deer hunting season nearly here
With deer firearm season less than two weeks away, I wanted to pass along some useful information and urge everyone to hunt safely. Although regular firearm season is Nov. 15-30, archery season is underway until Nov. 14 and continues Dec. 1 to Jan. 1.

Hunting guides, including all current Michigan rules and regulations, can be found at www.michigan.gov/hunting. On the site, you can also learn about all other hunting seasons and how to get a license.

Hunters can visit www.michigan.gov/mihunt to search public hunting land as well as private land open to the public for hunting. The interactive map application also works on mobile devices and contains the most up-to-date information available.

Residents can buy hunting licenses from a local licensing agent or online 24 hours a day at www.mdnr-elicense.com. If you want to buy your licenses locally, click on “License Agent Locations” to find licensing agents in each county.

I urge all hunters to keep safety in mind. Most hunting-associated injuries and casualties are preventable. Please follow gun safety rules like wearing “hunter’s orange” and never mixing hunting with drinking alcohol. Happy hunting! I hope everyone has a safe and successful season.

Updating Michigan’s youth sport concussion law
Concussions are a very serious injury and can occur in any sport or recreational activity.

In 2012, Michigan enacted a law to help protect our children’s health by increasing awareness among coaches, parents, young athletes and others about the dangers associated with concussions.

I recently supported an update to the law. Public Act 137 of 2017 requires the Department of Health and Human Services to regularly review the state’s concussion awareness training program to ensure it is up to date on the standards and protocols for treating and preventing concussions. The new law also requires coaches and others involved in youth sports organizations to complete the training program once every three years.

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Thanking our veterans
Saturday, Nov. 11 is Veterans Day. It is a time to thank the courageous men and women who have served our country so that we may remain the land of the free.

The holiday was first known and celebrated as Armistice Day, recognized on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month to commemorate the end of World War I. The Great War was supposed to be a war to end all wars. Sadly, that was not the case. Thankfully, America’s finest have always answered the call to stand up for freedom and liberty.

As a veteran and the son of a veteran, I know about enormous sacrifices our service members and their families make to protect us. On this Veterans Day, I hope you will join with me in recognizing and thanking all those who have served our nation. God bless our veterans.

An apple a day…
Michigan harvests an average of 24 million bushels of apples each year, ranking our state third in the nation for apple production. Find these fresh and delicious homegrown fruits at nearby farmers markets, U-pick farms or your local store, or visit www.michiganapples.com/wheretofind to find more locations.

Supporting cancer drug coverage legislation
Michigan patients should have access to the most effective chemotherapy treatments to successfully treat their cancer. However, the high costs in the way some medications are administered can be a deciding factor in a patient’s treatment decision.

If a patient in Michigan needs anticancer medication in pill form, it is often covered as a health insurance plan prescription benefit, requiring a patient to pay for part of the treatment. This out-of-pocket cost can run thousands of dollars a month. Injected or IV-administered chemotherapy is commonly covered fully as an insurance medical benefit.

I recently supported legislation that would require health insurance policies to cover oral cancer treatments in the same way that intravenous or injected anticancer treatments are covered. A patient should not have to worry about the cost of medicine when fighting cancer.

Senate Bill 492 has been sent to the House for consideration. If the legislation is adopted and signed into law, Michigan would join 43 other states with oral chemotherapy parity.

Hunters asked to report bear den sightings
While out in the field, hunters and trappers could come upon a denned black bear. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is looking for locations of denned bears in the northern Lower Peninsula in order to fit the bears with radio collars for an ongoing bear management program.

After locating a denned bear, DNR biologists will determine if the animal is a good candidate for a radio collar. Bears that are selected will be sedated and fitted with collars and ear tags. A small nonfunctional tooth will be collected to determine each bear’s age and to provide a DNA sample. Upon completion of the short procedure, biologists will carefully return the bear to its den, where it will sleep through the remainder of the winter months.

Those who encounter bear dens are asked to record the location, with a GPS unit if possible, and contact Mark Boersen at 989-275-5151 or boersenm@michigan.gov with specific location information.

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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