Senator Jim Stamas E-Newsletter

Serving You
I have been busy connecting with constituents in the district and regularly meeting with leaders in the Capitol to finalize a state budget.  Serving the people 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. Let me know if I can assist you in any way or if you have an idea to help move our state forward.

Meeting with people throughout the district

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During my time as your state senator, I regularly visit with people throughout the 36th District. Last month, I met with Arenac County Commissioner Adam Kroczaleski at Wheeler’s Restaurant in Standish about new fairgrounds and a farmers market.

This summer, I talked with the Arenac County clerk, treasurer, register of deeds and sheriff and the Standish city manager, stopped by Omer City Hall, had lunch at Big Bobs in Hale, met with Plainfield Township Supervisor Fred Lewis, and spoke with the Oscoda County clerk and treasurer. I also participated in a roundtable Q&A session in Mio on several topics from school funding to aquatic invasive species.

For many visits, I have been joined by Rep. Sue Allor, R-Wolverine. We talked to residents about state and local issues during her coffee hours in Alpena. We then toured the Alpena Resource Recovery Facility, where we discussed local recycling issues and the prospect of Alpena becoming a recycling hub for the region.

We also stopped by the Alcona Brewhouse, Mikado Market and the Dinosaur Gardens in Ossineke — where owners Gary and Connie Stephan gave us a tour of the Northeast Michigan landmark that is home to over 25 prehistoric creatures.

Rep. Allor and I attended a PFAS event at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oscoda. The July event was cohosted by the Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy (EGLE); the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS); the Department of Natural Resources (DNR); and District Health Department No. 2. Officials from all four departments were on hand to answer questions from people about PFAS and what is being done to protect families and their water.

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Back-to-school and OK2SAY information
Supporting our schools is critical to our future, and it remains one of my top priorities. I continue to work to increase our investment in our schools so they can prepare our students for the opportunities and challenges ahead.

With Labor Day nearly here, students have either already started school or are preparing to return to begin a new school year.

One of the most essential parts of a successful school year is safety. If your students ride the bus, take the time to make sure they know the proper safety procedures for getting on and off the bus. If you drive your children to school, be sure to give bus drivers plenty of room, be prepared to stop, and watch out for children in parking lots and crosswalks.

It is also vital to ensure our kids have a safe place to learn. Included in this e-newsletter is a graphic to print and cut out detailing how students, parents and educators can help prevent school tragedies with Michigan’s 24-hour OK2SAY confidential tip line.

Tips can be submitted by email to OK2SAY@mi.gov, by text at 652729 (OK2SAY), by phone at 1-855-565-2729 (1-8-555-OK2SAY), or online at www.mi.gov/ok2say. An app is also available in the app stores for iPhone and Android devices. Best wishes to all for a safe and successful school year!

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Hunting Access Program enrollment ends Sept. 1
Michigan’s Hunting Access Program (HAP) is enrolling private property in priority areas for deer disease in parts of the Lower Peninsula. Priority counties include Alcona, Alpena, Cheboygan, Ionia, Iosco, Kent, Mecosta, Montcalm, Montmorency, Newaygo, Ogema, Oscoda, Otsego and Presque Isle. Landowners should have at least 40 acres with wildlife habitat such as forest or brush. Enrollment ends Sept. 1.

The HAP program is one of the nation’s largest dedicated private land public access programs. Some of the benefits to landowners include annual payment based on acreage and type of hunting allowed and liability protection.

There is no extra cost to hunters who use HAP lands, but they must follow some program rules as well as the rules for each property and check in at the property before each day of hunting. Find more information at www.michigan.gov/HAP.

State has millions in unclaimed property
Although more than $400 million worth of unclaimed property has been returned to Michigan residents over the last five years, the state still has tens of millions of dollars’ worth of assets waiting to be returned to its rightful owners.

I encourage residents to use an easy-to-use state website to see if any of the lost or forgotten assets are theirs to be claimed. On the site, people can search the unclaimed property database and submit a claim if they find anything belonging to them.

Because the assets were considered abandoned and unclaimed by the bank or company entrusted with them, they were turned over to the state, as required by law. The state then acts as the custodian of the assets and returns them to their owners or the owners’ heirs.

Residents can visit www.michigan.gov/unclaimedproperty to search and claim assets that belong to them.

Supporting Michigan farmers
Many Michigan farmers were not able to plant their crops this growing season due to severe weather conditions.

The state Department of Agriculture and Rural Development recently launched an informational website to help farmers find the help they need. The website — www.michigan.gov/cropdisaster — includes resources from Michigan State University Extension and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The list will be updated as more information is identified.

To help our farmers, I supported approval of legislation that would provide $15 million for the Qualified Agricultural Loan Origination Program to provide low-interest loans to qualified growers and other agriculture-related businesses impacted by the unusual weather. The privately administered and public- and private-funded program provides 1% interest rate loans for qualified farmers, processors and agribusinesses affected by an agricultural disaster.

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
100 N. Capitol Ave., Room S-324.
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

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