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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 issues. You may call toll-free at 1-517-373-7315 or email SenMMacDonald@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.

Michael D. MacDonald
State Senator

2019 State of the State address

 
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I welcomed Barbara Rossmann to the Michigan Capitol as my guest for the governor’s 2019 State of the State address. Barbara is president and CEO of Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals and chief nursing officer for the Henry Ford Health System.

We should be proud of how much our state has improved, yet understand that Michigan still faces challenges that must be addressed.

Our future depends on us making Michigan and Macomb County the best place for families to live, talent to prosper and job creators to thrive.

I look forward to working with the governor to ensure every Michigan student and worker is prepared for a successful career, every family has clean drinking water, and every driver has access to affordable auto insurance.

Most importantly, we must find effective solutions to finally fix our roads and infrastructure. It is critical to enhancing safety and growing our economy. I also look forward to hearing directly from the people of Macomb County about their priorities and ideas to build a better Michigan.

Local student art contest - extended

 
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As your new state senator, I thought it would be a great idea to make our Lansing office feel more like home by inviting local students to create wonderful pieces of art that represent Macomb County and why it is such a great place to live.

Due to popular demand and weather closures, we are extending the deadline. All art pieces are now due by Friday, March 8.

The art competition is open to all students in the 10th Senate District and is divided into three categories: elementary, middle school and high school. The theme is “Make Macomb Your Home,” and all art should have the student’s name, grade and school on the back. Artwork can be given to the school office by March 8 to be picked up or it can be mailed by March 8 to Senator Michael MacDonald, P. O. Box 30036, Lansing, MI 48909.

After the entries have been received, they will be narrowed down to the top three pieces in each category. I will then host a poll on my official Facebook and Twitter accounts, where students and residents will be able to choose the winners to be displayed in their senator’s office.

The winning artists will also have the opportunity to visit with me in Lansing to see their art on display and learn about the Capitol.

Use caution on winter roads

 

Most winter driving crashes are caused by drivers going too fast for the roadway conditions. The Michigan State Police (MSP) reminds drivers that it can take up to 10 times longer to stop in snowy or icy weather. Drivers should be prepared to look ahead and begin braking well in advance of an intersection. The MSP also advises motorists to stay with the vehicle if stranded and wait for help.

Visit the MI Drive website at www.michigan.gov/drive for traffic information on state highways, including traffic cameras, incidents, and snowplow locations.

'Raise the Age' legislation introduced

 
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I recently participated in a press conference to announce a bipartisan effort to raise the age of legal adulthood within the state’s court system.

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.

I have sponsored one of the bills in the “Raise the Age” package, which 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.

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

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.

Supporting asset forfeiture reform

 

Under Michigan law, police can seize assets such as property or money from people as evidence or as part of an investigation if they have a reasonable suspicion that a crime has been committed. After the assets are seized, law enforcement can petition the court to forfeit the assets to the police agency that seized them.

I recently supported legislation that would preserve this crime-fighting tool while helping protect innocent Michigan residents from losing their property to civil asset forfeiture. Senate Bill 2 would require a person to be convicted of or plead guilty to a crime for the seized property to be taken and kept. An individual’s personal property would be returned if they are not charged or found not guilty.

Law enforcement in Michigan seized about $13 million in assets in 2017, according to a Michigan State Police report. Out of the 1,700 forfeiture proceedings, only 43 percent of those whose property was seized and forfeited were charged and convicted of a crime.

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

 
Visit my website at: SenatorMichaelMacDonald.com