Senator Jim Stamas E-Newsletter

Serving You
Veterans Day is Monday, deer hunting season starts soon and Thanksgiving is a few weeks away. It’s a great time to live in Michigan!

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.

Szymanski memorial highway bill sent to governor
I was proud to once again support legislation to permanently honor Marine Lance Cpl. Steven Szymanski, who was killed while on duty during a training exercise at Fort Bragg, North Carolina in 2014.

House Bill 4485, sponsored by Rep. Annette Glenn, R-Midland, would designate a portion of U.S. 10 from Jefferson Avenue to Bay City Road in Midland as the “Marine Lance Corporal Steven J. Szymanski Memorial Highway.” It would have no fiscal impact on the state or local government.

Lance Corporal Szymanski answered the call to service and made the ultimate sacrifice serving our country. Once signed by the governor, this tribute will honor the memory of a native soldier who never returned home and remind us all about the true price of freedom.

I sponsored a similar bill that was approved by the Senate in June. Prior to passage of Senate Bill 280, I welcomed Szymanski’s parents, John and Dawn, to the Capitol to speak before a Senate committee in support of the memorial highway designation. Szymanski was a 2008 graduate of Midland High School. After earning his associate degree in criminal justice, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 2013.

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Michigan deer firearm season opens Nov. 15
Hunting has been a tradition for many Michigan families for generations. Our state offers vast opportunities for hunters, who play an important role in wildlife conservation and management while contributing more than $8 billion to the economy and supporting 35,000 direct jobs.

With deer firearm season opening soon, I wanted to pass along some useful information. Hunting digests, including the 2019 hunting digest from the Department of Natural Resources — with all current state 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.

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. Good luck!

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Thanking our veterans
Monday 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 wasn’t the case. Thankfully, America’s finest have always answered the call to stand up for liberty.

As a veteran and the son of a veteran, I know about the 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.

Supporting access to cancer treatments
I recently supported a resolution to help ensure Michigan cancer patients have the same access to the most promising cancer treatment as patients in any other state.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 14 rejects a recent decision by the state Certificate of Need Commission that would have limited the availability of immune effector cell therapy (IECT) to certain Michigan hospitals. IECT is a cutting-edge procedure that uses a patient’s own immune cells to fight cancer.

Since SCR 14 was passed by a majority of the House and the Senate, hospitals across Michigan will be able to offer this new treatment.

Senate approves bills to help protect abuse victims
I recently voted in support of a bipartisan package of bills to help protect victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault, stalking or human trafficking by keeping their street addresses hidden from their offenders.

Senate Bill 70 would create an address confidentiality program in Michigan similar to programs in 37 other states. It would enable victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault, stalking or human trafficking to receive a unique identification number and a legal substitute address, such as a post office box, to use in place of their actual physical address for voting, driver’s licenses and other state interactions. The state would then keep their actual address confidential.

The program would also afford children the same address confidentiality, and SB 72 would prohibit schools from disclosing the address of a student or a student’s parents or guardians if they are participants in the address confidentiality program. SBs 70-76 have been sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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

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