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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 1-866-303-0110. 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

 

Supporting autism awareness legislation

I recently supported bipartisan legislation to help bridge the communications gap between law enforcement and people on the autism spectrum. The legislation will help officers improve their interaction with drivers with autism during a traffic stop or similar interaction.

Senate Bill 278 would allow a vehicle owner to choose to put a “Communication Impediment” designation on their vehicle registration, driver’s license or both through the Law Enforcement Information Network (LEIN) system if they or a family member is on the autism spectrum, is deaf or has hearing loss.

This voluntary designation would let law enforcement know that the owner or a family member who may be in the car has autism or a hearing issue. Police officers often access the LEIN system during traffic stops; it is not available to members of the public. SB 279 would apply to a driver’s enhanced driver’s license or state ID card. The bills have been sent to the House for consideration.

 

Meeting with area residents

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I am regularly traveling around the 10th Senate District to hear from constituents and area leaders about how best to improve our region.

Among my stops this month were joining a ribbon cutting for the Global One Insurance Agency in Clinton Township, attending the Clinton Township Goodfellows Pasta Dinner, and hearing from people at the Macomb Township board meeting.

I also attended the Mt. Clemens State of the City address and met with students from the International Academy advocating for First Robotics.

 

District coffee hour on Friday

Since I became your state senator, we’ve had great turnouts at our district coffee hours, and I will continue to hold them throughout the district to hear directly from the people.

Our next scheduled coffee hour is Friday, Oct. 25 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Dunkin’ Donuts, located at 44603 Mound Road in Sterling Heights. The coffee hour is open to residents to express their opinions or concerns about state government or to request assistance with a state issue. No appointment is necessary.

If you are unable to attend the coffee hour, please contact my office toll-free at 1-866-303-0110 or via email at SenMMacDonald@senate.michigan.gov.

U.S. Army association meeting in Washington, D.C.

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Our armed forces are critical to maintaining our freedom, and the defense industry that helps in their cause plays a large role in the Macomb County economy.

I recently joined Maj. Gen. Paul Rogers at the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C.

Rogers is the adjutant general of the Michigan Army and Air National Guard and the director of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, which includes the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency.

I look forward to working with Maj. Gen. Rogers on increasing our role in the aerospace and defense industry and on ensuring our veterans receive the care and benefits they earned defending America.

Halloween safety

Halloween is a fun and exciting way for children to dress up, use their imaginations and receive some sweet treats in return. It all starts with being safe.

Here are a few tips for parents to help ensure everyone has a great time. Have children stick to familiar neighborhoods, stay in well-lit areas, use sidewalks when possible, and look both ways before crossing the street.

It is vital that children can see and be seen while trick-or-treating, so have kids wear something reflective or bright and ensure they have a flashlight with fresh batteries. I also encourage parents to tell their kids not to eat any candy until it has been thoroughly inspected by an adult.

For these tips and more, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Halloween Safety page online or www.safekids.org/halloween. Happy Halloween!

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Take steps to stay safe online

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month and a reminder to safeguard personal information while online. According to the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center, Michigan residents and businesses have lost more than $42 million to cybercriminal activities so far this year, with an average victim loss of more than $5,400.

When it comes to preventing cybercrime, individuals must be educated and remain vigilant. Everyone must be careful and limit the information shared online and through email and social media. Other steps people can take to protect themselves include installing antivirus software on all devices, password-protect all accounts and devices that connect to the internet, be suspicious of any requests that require immediate action or convey dire consequences, never respond to online requests for personal information and don’t click on links or pop-ups from strangers.

More information about staying safe online is available at www.michigan.gov/cybersecurity.

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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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