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Auto insurance reform signed into law

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In a special Friday Senate session, I joined Republicans and Democrats in voting for reforms aimed at reducing Michigan’s highest-in-the-nation auto insurance rates, and this legislation was recently signed by the governor.

The House and Senate have worked hard over the last few weeks with the governor’s office to come to an agreement that will benefit Michigan drivers. For the first time in nearly 50 years, drivers will have the option to choose which coverage best works for their family’s budget.

Under the current system, all drivers are required to carry unlimited, one-size-fits-all PIP coverage. Senate Bill 1 will give policyholders the choice to select coverage that best meets their needs and budget — providing savings based on the changes they make.

Reforming auto insurance was the number one issue in Michigan. The reforms that were approved are a major step forward for Michiganders. Insurers will be required to offer Michigan drivers five new PIP coverage options, which will guarantee a reduction in rates depending on what option they choose.

This discussion has been going on for years and people have had different ideas as to how we should solve the issue. These reforms are a true example of bipartisan work, and I am pleased how the Senate, House and governor worked together for a plan that benefits drivers in every corner of the state.

Victory supports Senate’s responsible budget plan

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The Senate recently approved a balanced budget plan that features increased funding for schools and roads to record levels without raising taxes. Our budget recommendations also prioritize public safety and fiscal responsibility. Some of the budget highlights include:

• $132 million to fully implement the 2015 road fund package a year early. The investment targets local roads entirely.
• $15.2 billion in state funding for education. Schools will see the largest foundation allowance increase in over 18 years.
• $120 million in new revenue for clean water programs to monitor and analyze water quality throughout the state.
• $13.9 million to train and graduate 85 new state troopers.
• $50 million to add to the state’s rainy day fund or savings account.

I was pleased to support a state budget that provides the important services our people use every day while ensuring the state lives within its means. The Michigan Senate, House of Representatives and governor’s office will iron out differences in their plans and produce a final state budget.

Free Fishing Weekend

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Michigan’s Summer Free Fishing Weekend is right around the corner! All fishing license fees are waived for two days on June 8 and 9. Anglers can fish on both inland and Great Lakes waters for all species of fish. All fishing regulations still apply.

A Recreation Passport will not be required for entry into state parks and recreation areas during Free Fishing Weekend. This special weekend is also a Free ORV Weekend. Find more information, including state park events, at www.michigan.gov/freefishing.

Victory announces June office hours

As your state senator, I am committed to maintaining open communication by holding monthly office hours every month throughout the district.

I will be available to answer questions, provide information and assistance, and take suggestions on issues affecting communities and businesses in the district.

Please feel free to stop in. No appointment is necessary. If you would like to attend but are unable to make any of the following dates, you can always check out my website for next month’s office hours at SenatorRogerVictory.com, or feel free to call my office at 517-373-6920.

Saturday, June 15
8 – 9 a.m.
Sprinkles Donut Shop
6450 28th Ave.
Hudsonville

Monday, June 17
9 – 10 a.m.
DeBoer’s Bakery
380 West 16th St.
Holland

Friday, June 21
9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
Pine Street Cafe
401 Pine St.
Ferrysburg

Monday, June 24
9 – 10 a.m.
Murphy’s Family Restaurant
4963 Lake Michigan Drive
Allendale

Michigan's 30th Senate District

The 30th State Senate District includes all of Ottawa county.

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Senator Roger Victory
4100 Connie Binsfeld Building
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

 
Visit my website at: SenatorRogerVictory.com