Senator Jim Stamas E-Newsletter

Serving You
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. 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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One of the honors of serving in the Senate is hosting a local pastor to lead the invocation before the start of Senate session. This week, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and I welcomed the Rev. Joseph Dorais and his son Ethan to the Michigan Senate. Dorais is the senior pastor at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Gladwin and delivered a wonderful invocation.

Senate approves local retirement stability bills
Our local public servants are invaluable to our communities, and I will continue fighting to preserve and protect the promises made to our local workers and ensure they receive the retirement benefits they earned helping make Michigan a great place to live, work and raise a family.

The Michigan Senate has approved legislation to implement the recommendations of the governor’s Responsible Retirement Reform for Local Government Task Force, which released its findings and recommendations this summer.

Local governments in Michigan are currently $18.8 billion in the red on their pension and retirement health care obligations.

As a member of the bipartisan task force, my goal was to increase transparency, preserve local control and encourage local solutions. While many local government and labor leaders have already taken steps together to address their unfunded liabilities, these proactive reforms are designed to help locals that either are unaware of their growing debt issue or have not been able to solve the problem. [read more]

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Burgess parents testify on memorial highway bill
Lance Cpl. Ryan Burgess was a talented Marine and a dedicated patriot who loved his family and his country. Unfortunately, Burgess made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of freedom and our way of life. The people of Sanford and the entire region were deeply saddened by his loss.

Ryan’s parents, Jon and Kim Burgess, testified on Thursday in support of my legislation to permanently honor Burgess, who was killed by an improvised explosion device in Iraq in December 2006.

Senate Bill 481 would designate a portion of US-10 in Sanford as the “Marine Lance Corporal Ryan Burgess Memorial Highway.” [read more]

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Firefighter training bills now law
Midland Fire Department Chief Chris Coughlin recently joined me for a bill signing of my legislation to update Michigan’s firefighter training standards.

Our firefighters put their own lives at risk on a daily basis to protect our communities and save lives. We owe it to all our firefighters that we ensure they receive the training they need to be prepared to meet new and existing challenges as they protect our families. I want to thank Chief Coughlin and the Fire Services Coalition for their help in improving our state firefighter training standards for the first time in three decades.

Coughlin represents the Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs, which is one of the groups in the Fire Services Coalition. The other organizations include the Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union, Michigan Fire Inspectors Society, Michigan Fire Service Instructors and the Michigan State Firemen’s Association. [read more]

Stamas resolution supports Thunder Bay sanctuary
As one of 14 U.S. marine protected areas and the only one in the Great Lakes, the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary preserves our history and provides a significant boost to our economy. The 4,300-square-foot sanctuary is home to nearly 100 known shipwrecks and attracts thousands of tourists to the region each year — supporting area jobs and small businesses.

I recently introduced a resolution supporting the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and opposing any reduction in its boundaries. Senate Resolution 112 states that recreational activity associated with the sanctuary has provided $92 million in annual sales, $35.8 million in personal income to residents of coastal cities located near the sanctuary and 1,704 jobs.

This resolution would send a message to federal officials that maintaining the current boundaries of the Thunder Bay sanctuary is important. In addition to helping support the coastal communities of northeast Michigan, the sanctuary protects the health of the Great Lakes and offers outstanding and unique opportunities for discovery, research and education.

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Elk license plate now available
A specialty Michigan license plate in now available that features an elk to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the reintroduction of elk in Michigan.

Michigan’s native elk disappeared from the state around 1875. In 1918, seven elk were brought in from the western United States and the population grew steadily. A 2014 survey estimated the herd to number 668.

Funds from the sale of the elk license plate will continue to help wildlife management. For more information on specialty license plates, visit www.michigan.gov/sos. To learn more about Michigan’s elk population, go to www.michigan.gov/elk.

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.

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

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