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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

Governor signs my first bill into law

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently signed my first bill as your state senator into law. This reform provides clarity to our medical marijuana law and enables state regulators to more effectively and efficiently provide necessary oversight. As a result, it will also better protect Michigan families and save taxpayer dollars.

Under a 2016 state law, anyone with any ownership stake in a medical marijuana business must go through a financial and criminal background check by the state to receive a license.

Senate Bill 203, now Public Act 3 of 2019, changes 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.

Celebrating area job creators

 
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It’s always great to meet the people who energize our economy. This month, I had a great time meeting some wonderful people at the MDEX (Michigan Defense Expo), which showcases our talent and highlights why Macomb County is the best place for job creators. I was also able to tour the PTI Plastics facility in Macomb and attend the grand opening for Nothing Bundt Cakes in Sterling Heights with Mayor Michael Taylor.

Coffee hours in Sterling Heights

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Thank you to all of those who attended my recent coffee hours in Sterling Heights. It is important for me to hear your questions and concerns with state government so I can best serve you in the state Legislature.

We will continue to hold coffee hours throughout the district to hear directly from the people. I will be releasing the times and locations for my May coffee hours soon, so make sure to follow my Facebook page for the latest information.

Senate approves 'Raise the Age' legislation

Americans younger than 18 years old cannot vote, buy tobacco, or enlist in the military without a parent’s consent, yet they are automatically punished as adults in Michigan for nonviolent offenses. Treating troubled youths through the juvenile justice system is a better and more effective way to rehabilitate them and get them on a productive path.

The Michigan Senate approved my legislation as part of a bipartisan effort to raise the age of legal adulthood within the state’s court system.

The 14-bill “Raise the Age” package would amend or add language to various parts of state law to formally recognize that 17-year-olds should be considered juveniles for purposes of adjudication or prosecution of nonviolent criminal offenses.

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Senate Bills 84 and 90-102 would still allow for 17-year-olds to be treated as adults in violent criminal offenses.

By aligning our judicial system with the understanding that teenagers under the age of 18 are still youths, we can hold young offenders accountable while also giving them a chance to change the course of their lives.

The result of focusing on correcting bad behavior in our youths instead of simply punishing it will be a reduction in repeat offenders — which is good for everyone.

Michigan is one of only four states that prosecutes 17-year-olds as adults. Statistics show that states that have enacted similar raise-the-age laws have experienced a significant decrease in juvenile court referrals and recidivism.

Measure would ban sale of vaping products to minors

In spite of the health risks, vaping among teens continues to grow in popularity. A recent survey found that twice as many high school students used nicotine vapor products in 2018 compared with the previous year.

I recently supported bills that would limit access to vaping devices and products. Senate Bills 106 and 155 would prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes and alternative vapor products to minors and prohibit minors from buying or using these products. Under the legislation, violators would be subject to fines and penalties. In addition, retailers would be required to display signs explaining the law and ask for identification.

Check your state tax refund status

Taxpayers can check on the status of their state income tax refund online at www.michigan.gov/wheresmyrefund. E-filers should allow two weeks from the date the return was accepted. Paper filers should allow six to eight weeks before checking for information.

To ensure privacy and security, taxpayers must provide their Social Security number, tax year, filing status, Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) or Total Household Resources (THR). The AGI is located on line 10 of the MI-1040; THR is found on line 33 of the MI-1040CR or line 34 of the MI-1040CR-7.

Drive with caution in work zones

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As the road construction season swings into high gear, it’s important to keep work zone safety in mind. Last season, an estimated 18 people died and 1,972 were injured in work zone crashes in Michigan.

Most crashes are caused by distracted drivers. Safety officials advise drivers to minimize distractions, obey road crews and signs, pay attention to other drivers, obey speed limits, keep a safe distance and expect the unexpected when driving through a work zone. Motorists can check current and future lane closures and active incidents on state highways at www.michigan.gov/drive.

 

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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