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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

 

Bills aimed at stopping animal abuse

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Sen. Paul Wojno and I recently testified before the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee about the need for our bipartisan legislation to help stop animal abuse in Michigan.

Sadly, the need for this legislation arose from a tragic case of animal abuse here in Macomb County. A man attempted to adopt a dog from a local shelter and was denied. He was able to convince a friend to adopt the dog and give it to him. The man then took the dog to a community park, where he brutally stabbed it and left the dog to die in below-freezing temperatures.

The man was convicted of torturing and killing the dog and sentenced to three to six years in prison. However, the friend who procured the animal will face no repercussions for his role.

Senate Bill 316 would criminalize the practice of knowingly providing an animal to an individual who intends to abuse the animal or use the animal in a fighting operation. SB 317 would create sentencing guidelines for the new crime.

Michigan law already recognizes the crime of acquiring drugs or components used to manufacture illegal drugs for use or sale. This would create a similar statute to protect more animals and allow law enforcement to also target those who help abusers.

Thanking our veterans

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Monday is Veterans Day. It is a time to thank the courageous men and women who have served our country so that we may remain the land of the free.

The holiday was first known and celebrated as Armistice Day, recognized on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month to commemorate the end of World War I. The Great War was supposed to be a war to end all wars. Sadly, that wasn’t the case. Thankfully, America’s finest have always answered the call to stand up for liberty.

During my time as your senator and as a part of my work with the Air Force Association, I have seen and heard about the sacrifices our service members and their families made and continue to make to protect us. I hope you will join with me in recognizing and thanking all those who have served our nation. God bless our veterans.

Michigan deer firearm season opens Nov. 15

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Hunting has been a tradition for many Michigan families for generations. Our state offers vast opportunities for hunters, who play an important role in wildlife conservation and management while contributing more than $8 billion to the economy and supporting 35,000 direct jobs.

With deer firearm season opening soon, I wanted to pass along some useful information. Hunting digests, including the 2019 hunting digest from the Department of Natural Resources — with all current state rules and regulations — can be found at www.michigan.gov/hunting. On the site, you can also learn about all other hunting seasons and how to get a license.

Hunters can visit www.michigan.gov/mihunt to search public hunting land as well as private land open to the public for hunting. The interactive map application also works on mobile devices and contains the most up-to-date information available. Residents can buy hunting licenses from a local licensing agent or online 24 hours a day at www.mdnr-elicense.com.

I urge all hunters to keep safety in mind. Most hunting-associated injuries and casualties are preventable. Please follow gun safety rules like wearing “hunter’s orange” and never mixing hunting with drinking alcohol. Good luck!

Supporting access to cancer treatments

I recently supported a resolution to help ensure Michigan cancer patients have the same access to the most promising cancer treatment as patients in any other state.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 14 rejects a recent decision by the state Certificate of Need Commission that would have limited the availability of immune effector cell therapy (IECT) to certain Michigan hospitals. IECT is a cutting-edge procedure that uses a patient’s own immune cells to fight cancer.

Since SCR 14 was passed by a majority of the House and the Senate, hospitals across Michigan will be able to offer this new treatment.

 

Senate approves bills to help protect abuse victims

I recently voted in support of a bipartisan package of bills to help protect victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault, stalking or human trafficking by keeping their street addresses hidden from their offenders.

Senate Bill 70 would create an address confidentiality program in Michigan similar to programs in 37 other states. It would enable victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault, stalking or human trafficking to receive a unique identification number and a legal substitute address, such as a post office box, to use in place of their actual physical address for voting, driver’s licenses and other state interactions. The state would then keep their actual address confidential.

The program would also afford children the same address confidentiality, and SB 72 would prohibit schools from disclosing the address of a student or a student’s parents or guardians if they are participants in the address confidentiality program. SBs 70-76 have been sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.

 

Keep an eye out for deer!

November and December are two of the most dangerous months for deer/vehicle crashes in Michigan. According to Michigan State Police data, one in six Michigan traffic accidents in 2018 was caused by a collision with a deer. Michigan had 53,464 accidents involving deer in 2018 — up 5% from 2017 and up 14% from 2016.

The state police recommend drivers stay alert, especially at dawn and dusk; slow down at the sight of one deer as deer often travel in groups; and watch for deer crossing signs. If a crash is unavoidable, do not swerve. Brake firmly to a controlled stop. Then pull off the road, turn on your emergency flashers and report the crash to the nearest police agency.

 

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 B. Binsfeld Office Building
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

 
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