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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

 

Join me at my coffee hours

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I will be holding coffee hours in July throughout the 10th Senate District. I will be available to answer questions and provide information and assistance on state issues, as well as hear from you about issues affecting Macomb County communities and businesses.

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

Here are the times and locations for our July coffee hours:

Monday, July 1 — 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Biggby Coffee, 40740 Hayes Road in Clinton Township.

Friday, July 12 — 7 to 8:30 a.m. at Coffee First Café & Bake Shoppe, 38373 Dodge Park Road in Sterling Heights.

Thursday, July 25 — 4:30 to 6 p.m.at Biggby Coffee, 18309 Hall Road in Macomb Township.

 

Opioid abuse education bill

Opioid abuse has reached epidemic proportions in our state and nationwide. According to the state, more people died in Michigan in 2017 from drug overdoses than from car crashes — and nearly 2,000 of the overdoses were from opioids.

That is why I have introduced legislation that would require the state to develop or adopt an instructional video regarding the dangers of prescription opioid drug abuse that is appropriate for ninth-grade students and make the video available to all public schools that have ninth grade. By the 2020-21 school year, public schools would need to implement the video into the ninth-grade curriculum.

Senate Bill 386 seeks to educate our young people about these drugs by utilizing a video developed by the Macomb County-based Families Against Narcotics organization.

 

In-district tours

The best part of my job is getting to meet so many wonderful constituents throughout the district. If you have an event going on in our district, please let me know about it. Also, if you would like me to visit your local business, please contact my office to schedule a visit.

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I recently had a great tour of the Henry Ford Macomb Hospital with Dr. Miles Medina and Dr. Anthony Collucci. I also was invited by the Macomb Civic Theatre and Larry O’Grady to see their production of Matilda and have a backstage tour of the theater. It was wonderful to see the amazing work they are both doing in our community.

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I was honored to join students from I. AM. ROBOT. at the International Academy. The students are so talented, and it is absolutely amazing what they can build. Keep up the great work! I also had the honor of celebrating and thanking Pastor Greg Griffith for his 15 years of service to Immanuel Lutheran Church and School and to our local community.

 

New state fireworks laws

Many families enjoy fireworks over the Fourth of July holiday. People should be aware that new laws give local communities a greater ability to regulate the use of fireworks.

Public Acts 634-636 of 2018 allow local governments to reduce the number of days and limit the hours fireworks can be set off. Local officials can restrict the use of consumer fireworks except on the following days after 11 a.m.:

• June 29 to July 4 until 11:45 p.m.
• July 5, if the date falls on a Friday or Saturday, until 11:45 p.m.
• Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend until 11:45 p.m.
• Dec. 31 until 1 a.m. on Jan. 1.
• Saturday and Sunday immediately preceding Memorial Day until 11:45 p.m.

It’s a good idea to check with local authorities to see when it’s legal to set off fireworks in your community. The governor, state fire marshal, Department of Natural Resources or local fire department officials can ban the use of fireworks in dry or extreme fire conditions. Click here for more information on Michigan’s fireworks laws.

 

Serving the people

It is an honor to serve you in the Senate. I remain committed to doing my best to represent you and focus on the issues that matter most. Here is a graphic illustrating some of the things my office and I have done for the people of Macomb County in the first six months:

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Presiding over the Senate

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It was an honor to have recently presided over the Senate for General Orders. Thank you to my colleagues as they continue to serve Michigan and thank you to the residents of Macomb County for allowing me to serve you.

 

New laws ban e-cigarette sales to minors

The number of teens using e-cigarettes continues to climb. In fact, e-cigarette use among high school students increased by nearly 80% between 2017 and 2018, according to a recent survey.

Senate bills have now been signed into law to help keep these products away from young people. Public Act 17 of 2019 (SB 155) and PA 18 of 2019 (SB 106) ban the sale of e-cigarettes and alternative vapor products to minors and prohibit minors from possessing and using these products. Under the new laws, violators will be subject to fines and penalties. In addition, retailers will have to store the products behind the counter or in a locked case, display a prominent sign explaining the law and ask for identification to verify the age of the buyer. The new laws take effect Sept. 2.

 

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