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LANSING UPDATE

Michigan's Capitol

In this edition:

- Improving the Quality of our Roads
- Protecting Against “Female Genital Mutilation” (FGM)
- Extending CPL to 18-20 year olds
- New Tip Line for Reporting Fraud
- PTSD Awareness
- Military Appreciation
- One of our Community Leaders
- Canton's Liberty Fest

IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF OUR ROADS

The key to fixing our roads in a sustainable manner is to build higher quality roads. Higher quality roads can result in an overall reduction in total life cycle costs and mean that drivers see orange barrels less often. Sen. Colbeck has again inserted language into the Transportation budget to require MDOT to conduct “Long Life Road Testing”. The testing would seek to validate the Senator’s claim that we can build roads that last up to four times longer while only spending 15% more upfront.

In order to provide additional incentive for higher quality roads, the Senator introduced SB 210 (HERE) to improve transparency pertaining to road construction projects. Once passed into law, citizens will be able to see the following information for each road project: the specified design life, assumed load profile, who is responsible for design, who is responsible for construction, and who is responsible for inspecting every road in the state. This information is critical if we are to have a practical enforcement mechanism for extended warranties.

PROTECTING AGAINST FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION

In our previous newsletter we detailed the horrible tragedy experienced here in Michigan with the news of young girls being subjected to horrific medical practices within our state.

We wanted to update you that since that time several bills have been introduced and are moving within the legislature. Senator Colbeck has some of the legislation in this package, and as the need for more legislation has arisen he has also introduced a new bill so that any person who performs such procedures in the future would permanently lose their medical license. Sen. Colbeck is committed to ensuring that Michigan does all it can to make sure this never again happens in our state. If you would like to read his latest press release on the legislation you can access it by clicking HERE.

EXTENDING CPL TO 18-20 YEAR OLDS

Currently in Michigan any adult who can pass a background check may own, possess, and carry a firearm. However, Michigan is currently one of the states that does not allow adults age 18-20 to carry concealed, even though they can legally “open carry”. While some prefer to carry that way, it frequently attracts the attention of police and for a variety of other reasons most gun owners prefer to carry their pistols concealed.

Sen. Colbeck was a co-sponsor and recently voted in favor of SB 366 so that Michigan can join the other states where such concealed carry is allowed by those who apply for a Certified Pistol License and complete the necessary training. The ability to carry concealed is especially important to young adult women as protection against assault. You can read the Senator’s full press release on his vote by clicking HERE.

NEW TIP LINE FOR REPORTING FRAUD

A new toll-free telephone tip line is now available to report scams or fraudulent activity involving Michigan Department of State programs or documents, including those related to Michigan vehicles, identification, or elections. Anyone with knowledge of potential fraud is encouraged to call 1-844-372-8356 to report suspected violations.

PTSD AWARENESS

June has been designated as PTSD Awareness Month by the National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD).

PTSD Awareness Month

PTSD is a mental health problem that can occur after someone has been exposed to a single traumatic event or multiple traumatic events, such as sexual or physical assault, natural or man-made disaster, and war-related combat stress. Symptoms of PTSD include persistent intrusive thoughts and distressing dreams about the traumatic event, triggered emotional responses to reminders of the trauma, efforts to avoid thinking or talking about the trauma, and persistent hypervigilance for cues that indicate additional danger or trauma re-occurring.

In our next newsletter we’ll discuss how some special “fireworks free zones” at our state parks are being created to help our military members not experience flashbacks during the 4th of July.

MILITARY APPRECIATION

May is now in the rear-view mirror, but it was also National Military Appreciation Month. When it comes to May and military members, properly honoring Memorial Day and our heroes is always our number one priority (click HERE if you missed the Senate Memorial Day Ceremony).

During the Memorial Day Ceremony Sen. Colbeck was especially struck by the service of USMC Chief Warrant Officer Donald Woodworth. Donald is a Livonia resident, and a veteran of WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. He received the Navy Medal of Freedom for his valiant actions at an aviation hangar that was engulfed in flames. While others were running away, he ran into the fire to turn off the oxygen tanks which were feeding the flames saving countless lives. A true hero. Memorial Day is an especially emotional time for him due to the loss of his grandson, CAPT Peterson, in service to our country in Iraq in 2006. Please keep him and his family in your prayers.

We can never thank our military members enough. Here are some excellent links to veteran tax reminders and benefits you may not be aware of:

Military Pay Tax Exemption. Military pay is exempt from Michigan tax, including military retirement benefits and exit and separation pay.

Children of Veterans Tuition Grant. This program provides undergraduate tuition assistance to the children of a Michigan veteran. Students may receive scholarship assistance for up to four academic years for a total of up to $11,200.

Property Tax Exemption for Disabled Veterans or Surviving Spouses. Property used and owned as a homestead by a disabled veteran or his or her surviving spouse is exempt from collection of property taxes.

Principal Residence Exemption (PRE) for Active Duty Military Personnel. Property owners can retain a PRE while on active duty if their property is rented or leased.

Property Tax Relief during Active Military Service. Property owned by a serviceperson cannot be sold to pay delinquent property taxes during a tour of active duty.

Summer Property Tax Deferment. A serviceperson, veteran or widow or widower whose income outside of military compensation is no more than $7,500 per year may be eligible for a summer property tax deferment.

ONE OF OUR COMMUNITY LEADERS

Like my wife and I, many of you have had the opportunity to dine at the Senate Coney Island in Northville. Many of you however may not know much about the owner of the Senate Coney Island, George Dimopoulos. If you have ever visited his restaurant, this story is sure to bring a smile to your day and shows the dedication of the hard working people in our community (Click HERE to read the article).

CANTON’S LIBERTY FEST

Libertyfest

Two stages of live entertainment, carnival rides, and a grand finale fireworks show highlight this year’s Canton Liberty Fest, to be held this June 15-17. The event takes place at Heritage Park (adjacent to Canton Township Hall). Grab your jogging shoes, the event will also feature a 5K and 10K “Liberty Run.” Read more about the event HERE.

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THE MICHIGAN STATE SENATE
7th DISTRICT

Michigan’s 7th Senate District
 

The 7th State Senate District proudly serves the following areas: Canton Township, city of Livonia, city or Northville & Northville Township, city of Plymouth & Plymouth Township, and the City of Wayne.

Senator Patrick Colbeck

201 Townsend St., Suite #3400
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

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