State Senator Patrick Colbeck’s Newsletter
Senator Patrick Colbeck

Dear Friends,

In this issue of my e-newsletter we’ve assembled quite a bit of information on recent issues we’ve been tackling in Lansing on your behalf. My team and I have also included information about what is happening in the 7th Senate District including a few events and activities that may be of interest to you.

Should you ever have any questions about my work in the district or in Lansing, please contact my office at 517-373-7350 or by email at, or visit with me at one of my monthly office hours in the district.

Best Regards,
Patrick Colbeck
State Senator


Sen. Colbeck and State Rep. Lana Theis host Direct Primary Care Forum

Senator Patrick Colbeck, and state Rep. Lana Theis, R-Brighton, hosted a public health care forum on January 26 featuring some of the state’s most forward-thinking health care providers to discuss how Direct Primary Care Services (DPCS) can improve patient care while lowering costs. The forum featured an overview of DPCS by doctors actually practicing medicine in DPCS models.

Presenters included Dr. Chad Savage of Your Choice Direct Care, who spoke about DPCS in concept and in practice; Dr. John Blanchard of Salta, who addressed DPCS as a business; and Colbeck, who talked about possible policy actions regarding DPCS.

Colbeck outlined his proposal to launch a Medicaid DPCS pilot in Michigan. The Medicaid budget is the single largest line item in the Michigan budget. Medicaid in Michigan provides health care coverage for 2.4 million people at a cost of $17 billion annually. DPCS has been demonstrated to reduce the overall cost of providing care by 20 percent while significantly improving the quality of care delivered.

The full presentation can be viewed on Sen. Colbeck’s YouTube channel.

Sen. Colbeck Collaborates on Efforts to Restore Donation Tax Credits

On February 2nd, the Senate Finance Committee approved legislation to restore tax credits for certain donations.

Senate Bills 461, 462, 463, and 464, introduced by state Sens. Colbeck, Schuitmaker and Hansen, would restore credits eliminated in 2011 for charitable donations to libraries, colleges and universities, food banks and homeless shelters. Credits would also be reinstated for adoption expenses and automobile donations.

Constituent Inspires Legislation to Expand Michigan Recreation Opportunities for Veterans

Sen. Colbeck introduced two pieces of legislation on February 24 that would remove state park
and fishing license fees for veterans. Under the legislation, active military members from other states would also be exempt from paying for fishing licenses.

This initiative was undertaken after hearing from a 7th Senate District constituent who shared his experience of hosting a serviceman based in another state who was just coming off of deployment in Kuwait. He wanted to take him fishing, but Michigan requires service personnel to purchase a fishing license.

Senate Bill 817 would extend cost-free fishing privileges to all active-duty and retired U.S. military personnel, regardless of their place of residence. Senate Bill 816 would allow all U.S. military veterans free entrance to state parks.

Sen. Colbeck introduced legislation on February 24 to repeal and replace Common Core Standards in Michigan

Sen. Colbeck introduced legislation on February 24 to catalyze improved learning environments and quality within Michigan schools.

The bill is identical to a bill introduced by Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland. Both bills would repeal the state’s current, unproven Common Core standards and replace them with the proven Massachusetts pre-Common Core standards for Math, English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science.

“Massachusetts' standards were used because it continues to be the country's highest performing state in 8th grade math and in career and college ready programs,” stated Rep. Glenn in a recent Press Release.

At a February 24 press conference hosted by Rep. Glenn, Colbeck underscored the need to put children at the center of Michigan’s education system. Fellow legislators and educators at the event echoed this concern.

“…standardized tests using the Common Core formula put even a classroom's smartest kids in a position of feeling frustrated trying to answer questions based on concepts they've never learned,” stated Rachel Torres, a Farmington 3rd grade teacher.

The proposed legislation will help to raise the expectations for the education of Michigan students and better equip them to be good citizens.


Historian Randy Hotton Presents Preview of his new book, “Willow Run,” on March 2nd

Building the Willow Run Bombing Plant

More information can be found on the Yankee Air Museum website.

Canton Public Library Empowers Individuals to Share Love of Reading

Calling all book lovers! The Canton Book Project, sponsored by the Canton Public Library, is encouraging reading and enabling book lovers to share their favorites with others. Readers of all ages and reading interests may apply to be “book givers” and can nominate their favorite book. Selected book givers will receive 10 copies of their title to distribute. The books are supplied by the Canton Public Library. Book Giver Applications are due by March 4. For more information and to apply, visit the Canton Book Project webpage.

Plymouth Township Police Dept. Promotes Increased Communication with Neighborhoods

Through its new officer-assigned program, the Plymouth Township Police Department has assigned about two dozen police officers to specific areas of the township. The goal is to connect residents with a specific department contact, to help in handling routine complaints and minor issues, such as neighborhood disputes or skaters in the road. The program enables clear lines of responsibility among officers and promotes improvements in two-way communication between township residents and police.

Canton’s Citizens Policy Academy Offers Residents Up-Close Look at Law Enforcement

Have you ever wondered what a day in the life of a police officer looks like? The Citizens Policy Academy, a program offered by the Canton Police Department, offers city residents a first-hand look. Up to 30 individuals will be chosen for the academy, which involves learning how police handle criminal investigations, proper use of force, evidence collecting and traffic stops, among other duties. The program begins April 14 and runs through May 19. Meetings occur weekly on Thursday evenings, with one morning session on May 7. Academy applicants must be Canton residents and 21 years of age or older with no felony convictions and no misdemeanor convictions within the last three years. Applications will be accepted through March 13. For more information and to apply visit


WMU Autism Center of Excellence

Canton Employees Honored for Saving the Life of a Plymouth Man

Canton Employees Honored for Saving the Life of a Plymouth Man

A recent Canton Township Board Meeting was filled with joy as eight Summit on the Park Employees were recognized for using their emergency training to save Barry Mullinix. Summit employees sprang into action, giving Mullinix chest compressions and then using an automatic external defibrillator to shock his heart. Lifeguards gave three more cycles of CPR until Canton paramedics arrived and took over. During the meeting, township Supervisor Phil LaJoy and Canton Leisure Services Director Debra Bilbrey-Honsowetz honored eight Summit employees with resolutions honoring their heroic efforts. Senator Colbeck also sent resolutions from his office which were presented by his District Manager.

Redford Boy Honored by Livonia City Mayor for Returning Lost Cash

Redford Boy Honored by Livonia City Mayor for Returning Lost Cash

Eight-year-old Redford resident, Anthony Wright, was shopping with his aunt at the Millennium Park Shopping Center off of Middlebelt when he noticed cash blowing in the wind. They got out of the car to collect the loose bills, which came to a total of $770. Anthony told his aunt that he wanted to give the money to the police. A few days after turning in the cash, two sisters from Dearborn Heights called police to see if anyone had turned in a large sum of money to the shopping center. While not all of it was recovered, they got back over 75% of the amount they lost; both sisters are very grateful to Anthony for being honest and returning the funds. Anthony was honored by the Livonia city police, city council, the mayor of Livonia, and other officials at the February 17th Livonia City Council Meeting for his actions.

Job Openings!

As of today, February 29, there are 31,838 jobs available within the 7th district. Click on the “Jobs Near You” button at for a current listing of job openings.


Senator Colbeck meets regularly with constituents in the district on Mondays and Fridays and at his office in Lansing Tuesdays through Thursdays. If you would like to schedule a meeting with the Senator, please contact Penny at (517) 373-5713 or toll-free at (866) 262-7307 to arrange a time that is convenient for you.


Date: Monday February 29th 
Time: 6p.m.-7p.m. 
Location: Northville District Library 
212 W. Cady St., Northville 

Date: Friday, May 6th
Time: 4p.m.-5p.m.
Location: Northville District Library
212 W. Cady St., Northville 


Date: Friday, March 18th
Time: 11a.m.-12p.m.
Location: Livonia Senior Center 
15218 Farmington Road, Livonia

Date: Friday, April 15th
Time: 11a.m.-12p.m.
Location: Livonia Senior Center
15218 Farmington Road, Livonia

Date: Friday, May 20th
Time: 11a.m.-12p.m.
Location: Livonia Senior Center
15218 Farmington Road, Livonia


Date: Monday, April 4th
Time: 5:30p.m – 6:30p.m.
Location: Plymouth District Library
223 S Main St, Plymouth


Arbor Hills Landfill Update

Arbor Hills Landfill Update

Many of you who live in Northville Township area have been subject to noxious fumes over the past few weeks from the Arbor Hills landfill in Salem Township. My team and I have been in contact with Supervisor Bob Nix who is in regular contact with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. MDEQ has concluded that there are "No levels of air contaminants were found that raise any public health concerns". The EPA has also taken an Air Quality sample. The results of this test are not yet available.

The Advance Disposal action plan for resolving the issue is as follows:

Regarding LFG Extraction Wells in Arbor Hills West (AHW) Cell 4 Area 
- 15 of proposed 15 wells Drilled, 11 wells connected to LFG extraction system. 
- Also, 2 connections to Cell 4 leachate collection cleanout piping. 
- Completed by February 19, 2016.

Regarding Arbor Hills West Replacement LFG Extraction Wells 
- 17 of the proposed 27 wells Drilled. 
- 18 wells connected to LFG extraction system. 
- Anticipated completion date remains March 15, 2016.

Two drill rigs are working concurrently with pipeline crew for installation of LFG header pipe, compressed air line for well dewatering pumps and forcemain pipe for leachate/condensate collection. Well tuning is being performed as additional wells are brought on line.

All indications are that the steps necessary to resolve the issue are being taken in an expeditious manner. There will likely continue to be odors as sections of the landfill are dug up to make the necessary repairs. March 15th or shortly thereafter should yield a significant reduction on the noxious odors from the site.

I am currently pursuing legislation to add representation to the planning commission for communities impacted by landfills so that the concerns of neighboring communities will have a say in such projects in the future.

You can stay up to date with the latest information on this issue by visiting the following MDEQ website.  If you would like to report any issues related to the landfill, please call Advanced Disposal at (248) 305-8432.

Tax Filing Tips – It’s that time of year again!

Tax Time

The Michigan Department of the Treasury is the department responsible for the collection, dispersion, and investment of all state monies. In the midst of tax season, the Treasury Department is proud to help the citizens of Michigan with any financial needs.

The Treasury Department provides individuals easy access to make payments, view amounts due, verify recent payments, and view account details. By going to you will be able to access these features 24/7 for your convenience.

It is important to file taxes early in order to prevent identity theft. Identity theft is a global and growing problem, which is why the Michigan Department of Treasury is committed to combatting fraud and tax-related identity theft. Through the use of the Discovery division, proactive measures such as Letters of Inquiry and Confirmation Requests are being taken to avoid these issues. For additional questions or concerns, the Treasury Department’s customer service can be reached at 517-636-4486 and is available during regular business hours to assist in any way possible.

Students from Livonia and Canton Visit Lansing

During the month of February, Senator Colbeck proudly welcomed several schools from Livonia and Canton to the State Capitol including Coolidge Elementary, Field Elementary and Miller Elementary School. Students were able to tour the Capitol building and Michigan’s historical museum. These tours provided historical and contemporary information on the history of Michigan and the legislative process.

Tax Filing Tips – It’s that time of year again!

Senator Colbeck with students from Coolidge Elementary School in Livonia, MI.


Michigan’s 7th Senate District

The 7th Senate District

The 7th Senate District includes Canton Township, Livonia city, Northville city, Northville Township, Plymouth city, Plymouth Township, and Wayne city.

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Senator Patrick Colbeck
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