Senator Jim Stamas E-Newsletter

Serving You
I hope you had a happy and safe Independence Day! 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.

 

I had the chance to join Karl Ieuter and Matt Rassette to say thank you to Team Rubicon USA. They unite the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. Thank you for being in Midland to help people recover from the flood.

 

I want to thank the Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM) and Kathie Fuce-Hobohm for the tremendous honor of being named Legislator of the Year. Due to the Senate session schedule, Kathie presented me the award in Midland in recognition of my dedication to our small businesses. Our small businesses are the heart of our economy, and I look forward to working with SBAM to support local entrepreneurs and family owned businesses throughout our state.

‘Good Jobs for Michigan’ bills sent to governor
We have made great strides in creating a positive business environment that has helped create nearly half a million new private sector jobs in our state. It is a positive record, yet the competition for new investment and new jobs is tough and Michigan cannot afford to stand on the sidelines.

The Michigan Legislature has finalized my legislation to help the state attract new and expanded business investments that result in the creation of high-wage Michigan jobs. It now heads to the governor to be signed.

This is about jobs — good jobs with good wages for Michigan workers. This Good Jobs for Michigan initiative will give our state a vital tool to effectively compete for new opportunities and well-paying jobs.

Senate Bills 242, 243 and 244 would create a transparent and capped incentive program aimed at attracting large-scale projects that would provide a significant number of new high-wage jobs. [read more]

 

Alternative water supplies available for Oscoda Township residents
I recently joined public health officials, area residents and local leaders to discuss the ongoing issue of groundwater contamination that stemmed from the former site of Wurtsmith Air Force Base.

I went door-to-door in Oscoda Township with representatives from the District Health Department No. 2 to ensure affected residents are aware of the contamination issue and their options going forward.

Most area residents are eligible for an alternate water supply through funding in last year’s budget cycle, and I encourage all residents to explore this possibility.

The issue began in early 2016 when the Department of Health and Human Services sent some homeowners near the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base letters concerning tests of their well water. The tests indicated that perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) were present in the water, and they were advised against ingesting or cooking with it. [read more]

 

Fall turkey hunting
While the spring season is the traditional time to hunt wild turkey, the fall also offers a limited season and applications for the fall turkey hunt are available through Aug. 1.

Licenses and applications may be purchased at any authorized license agent or online at www.mdnr-elicense.com. The application fee is $5.

Information about fall turkey hunting can be found at www.michigan.gov/turkey and in the Michigan Fall Turkey Digest at www.michigan.gov/dnrdigests.

Allowing electronic vehicle registration
Like any piece of paper, vehicle registration certificates can be easily lost or misplaced.

I supported a new law allowing motorists to show law enforcement an electronic copy or digital photograph of their registration certificate on their cell phones or other mobile devices during traffic stops. Michigan law already allows drivers to use their smartphones to show electronic proof of insurance when they are pulled over.

This was a logical extension of current law and just made good sense with the increasing use of technology in our daily lives.

 

Summer fairs and festivals guide available
Looking for something to do this summer? Then check out a free guide to area fairs, festivals and fireworks on my website.

We are blessed to have natural and cultural resources in Michigan that make our state such a great place to live and raise a family. A good way to have fun and support your local community is to get out and enjoy all the activities available right here in our own backyard.

The schedule outlines celebrations in our region from now through Labor Day weekend.  Click here to see all the family-friendly events planned this summer.

Think Christmas in July
The search is underway to find the 2017 state Christmas Tree! The tree will be displayed in front of the Michigan Capitol building and featured as part of Lansing’s holiday festivities.

In the last 30 years, trees have come from locations across the state — from private yards to public land near highways and forests. To be considered, a tree must be a spruce or fir, at least 55 feet tall, within easy access of a road with no interference from wires and available at no cost.

Nominations are requested by July 30, 2017. Anyone nominating a tree should send their name, phone number, a photo of the tree and information about its size and location to ChristmasTree@michigan.gov.

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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