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Dear Friends,

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of my monthly e-newsletter.

As we approach the winter season, I want to thank you all for the actions you have taken to combat the spread of the coronavirus in our great state. I encourage everyone to continue taking precautions to keep you and your families safe and ask that we all remain respectful of the rules set by specific businesses or organizations.

This has been a challenging year, and I want to remind you that my staff and I are here for you. My priority remains to listen and to understand the issues facing the individuals and families of the 31st Senate District and our entire state. Please continue to share your thoughts with me at [email protected] or at 517-373-1777.


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Kevin Daley
State Senator
31st District

Daley supports committees focused on election integrity

After the House and Senate oversight committees voted on Saturday to issue a subpoena to the Michigan Bureau of Elections for records regarding the elections process, I issued the following statement:

“As an elected official, I have a duty to respond to concerns raised by my constituents regarding the possibility of election fraud. The integrity of our elections should be a priority for every Michigander — and many across my district have expressed their concerns over the situation we currently find ourselves in.

“The purpose of convening the House and Senate oversight committees is not to overturn the results of an election, but rather to review state processes and pursue opportunities for improvement, if necessary. The committee will use subpoena authority to ensure compliance with requests for records regarding the elections process.

“These committees are the appropriate forum to review concerns about the integrity of our elections, share information and consider changes in policy to help ensure confidence in our elections process. Earlier this year, in the peak of the coronavirus threat and subsequent concerns about the 2020 election, I introduced legislation that would have aided in ensuring a fair, secure election, but this measure was unfortunately vetoed by the governor.

“It is unfortunate that we could have had an additional safety net in place that could have mitigated some of the concerns we’re currently facing, but, in the meantime, I will continue to work with my colleagues and legal team to ensure an honest and fair election and that all legal votes are counted.

“Voting is the foundation of our system of government, and people need to have confidence in the results and that their elections are being conducted honestly. Election security is not a partisan issue. The people of Michigan deserve to know their ballots are secure and accurately counted and that our state’s voting system is held to the highest standard.”

Lawmakers pen letter to MHSAA encouraging common-sense reforms

I recently led a bipartisan group of lawmakers in calling on the Michigan High School Athletic Association to revisit their policies on student athletes as we continue to navigate COVID-19.

The COVID-19 pandemic has adversely impacted every facet of life in our state and across the country. Perhaps no group of Michiganders has felt the negative impact of the pandemic more than our students. In an instant, their world was been turned upside down. Our students are missing out on some of the most formative events in their lives, opportunities that often present themselves once and never again.

I think we need to be cognizant of the immeasurable changes and disappointments this pandemic has burdened student athletes with and I believe we can do better.

A student from my district, who routinely competed at the top level, was potentially exposed to the coronavirus, and just like that, the MHSAA essentially ended his season. He was required to quarantine and thus missed a critical meet, eliminating any chances of competing on the state level — a dream many athletes work their entire lives for and often only have one shot at.

This is patently unfair, and I believe we can put in place better measures to help our students get through this pandemic.

To read the letter, please click here.

Daley Supports COVID-19 protections

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At the beginning of October, the Michigan Supreme Court issued an opinion on the governor’s use of the 1945 Emergency Powers Act to keep our state in a continued state of emergency. The message sent by the Supreme Court was clear; the governor must work with the Legislature to address this pandemic. It does not mean the pandemic is over or that measures to protect the public health are no longer needed, but that the Legislature needs a seat at the table moving forward.

The Legislature takes our responsibility to work with the governor to combat this virus seriously. We are ready to work together, and to lead by example by informing, inspiring and enabling citizens to do what is necessary and responsible.

We recently came together to resolve a historic budget deficit and pass a new balanced budget, and we must build on that partnership to find common ground on critical coronavirus protections.

Last month, we sent the governor several COVID-19 protection measures. These important measures will preserve critical unemployment benefits, safeguard seniors in nursing homes, protect local government officials and health care workers, and extend the deadline for people to renew their driver’s licenses and vehicle registrations.

Senate Bills 886 and 911 would continue unemployment benefits for up to 26 weeks for eligible workers out of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. SB 1108 would allow boards of local governments and other public entities to meet electronically for a limited time.

SB 1094 would reduce the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes by implementing recommendations of the Nursing Homes COVID-19 Preparedness Task Force. Among other things, this bill requires the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in consultation with LARA to implement a process to create Care and Recovery Centers within nursing homes for individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19.

House Bill 6159 would provide liability protections for health care providers for services related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and HB 6192 would extend expiration deadlines for Michigan driver’s licenses and vehicle registrations until Dec. 11, 2020.

Daley secures funding for Special Needs Vision Clinic

I was proud to help secure $100,000 in funding for the Special Needs Vision Clinic as a part of the Fiscal Year 2021 budget. The Special Needs Vision Clinic provides specialized optometric services to developmentally disabled and handicapped patients throughout our state. This funding will allow residents of the Great Lakes Bay Region to continue to access these critical services.

The Special Needs Vision Clinic, located in Saginaw County, has been in operation for nearly four decades and is the only one of its kind in Michigan. The clinic operates as a nonprofit vision clinic and is specifically dedicated to the care of developmentally disabled and handicapped patients. The clinic has served thousands since its inception in 1982 and continues to reach 700-900 patients each year.

The staff also travel to lesser-served areas to provide care to individuals who are unable to travel or do not have the means to attend the clinic in Saginaw.

The work of this clinic was brought to my attention by the Bay City Lion’s Club and I had an opportunity to tour the clinic and meet with the director in 2019. The staff at the clinic possess an extreme dedication to helping those they serve. They provide vital services to patients in the Great Lakes Bay Region and throughout the state.

This funding ensures that this deserving population can continue to receive appropriate care that meets their unique needs.

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Unemployment Insurance Agency offering phone call appointments

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The Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) is now offering telephone appointments for customers with specific claim issues.

By scheduling a phone appointment, customers will be able to get assistance with issues at their convenience.

Claimants should be prepared to verify their identity with their Social Security Number and Driver’s License/State Identification Number.

To schedule an appointment, visit the link below:

Customers can schedule an appointment online up to one week in advance at for the following issues:
• I filed under the wrong Social Security Number;
• My claim is inactive;
• I am unable to certify for all weeks needed;
• I need to file a claim, but one is already filed in my name; and
• I do not have the link in MiWAM to file a claim.

If you are experiencing a different issue and are struggling to get answers from the UIA, my office is here to help. Please visit the website address below and fill out the required information at your earliest convenience:

Grants now available for eligible teachers, support staff

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Our teachers and support staff have gone above and beyond this year to ensure Michigan students get the education they deserve while we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s why I supported the Teacher and Support Staff COVID-19 grant programs to support our school employees as they continue to navigate teaching during these challenging times.

Under the programs, eligible Michigan teachers who worked additional time and incurred additional costs during the 2019-2020 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic can receive a grant of up to $500 and staff can receive up to $250.

The Teacher COVID-19 Grant Program recognizes the additional time and additional costs teachers in a school district or nonprofit, nonpublic school spent to ensure learning continued when in-person instruction was suspended in the spring.

The Support Staff COVID-19 Grant Program recognizes the additional time eligible K-12 support staff spent outside of normal working hours, hazardous conditions encountered and additional costs incurred to provide services to students when in-person instruction was suspended in the spring.

Grant funding checks are anticipated to be sent directly from the state Department of Treasury to teachers and support staff in February 2021. For more information about the grant programs, visit

Secretary of State Appointment Opportunities

Secretary of state branches are continuing to operate by appointment only and are limited to certain types of transactions. Below are some tips on how you can get in sooner or manage your transactions in other ways.

You can schedule appointments up to six months in advance by visiting There are two appointment options you can select from:

• Book a Next Day Appointment – these are available from 9 to 11 a.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Morning appointments become available for booking at 8 a.m. the previous weekday and afternoon appointments become available for booking at noon the previous weekday *this is your best option if you need to get in soon*

• Book an Appointment in Advance – these appointments can be booked up to six months ahead of time for appointment times between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

In-person appointments are currently limited to driver’s license/state ID transactions that must be done in person, title transfers (for motor vehicles and watercrafts), testing, and seasonal commercial vehicle renewal.

Many services and transactions can be done online, including renewing a standard driver’s license, changing an address, or renewing a license plate.

You can also visit a self-service kiosk to renew an existing automobile, motorcycle, or watercraft registration. You can find a self-service kiosk near you by visiting

Pure Michigan Fall/Winter Travel Guide

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The 2020 Pure Michigan Fall/Winter Travel Guide highlights stunning sights to see, exciting places to go and fun activities to experience for visitors and residents alike.

You can call or email my office to request a free copy of the Pure Michigan Fall/Winter Travel Guide: 517-373-1777 or [email protected].

COVID-19 resources

Below is a list of resources available to you if you need any type of assistance as we continue to navigate the presence of this virus in Michigan. Additionally, you can contact my office at any time for more information.

• General information, resources, testing locations and more:
• Coronavirus hotline for health-related questions: 1-888-535-6136 daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: 1-800-232-4636 or
• Michigan PEER Warmline for mental health support and substance abuse challenges: 1-888-733-7753 every day from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
• National suicide prevention lifeline available 24/7: Call 1-800-273-8255, text TALK to 741741 or visit
• Small business resources: or 1-888-522-0103.

Celebrating a special occasion?

My office is happy to offer legislative tributes in honor of noteworthy events such as retirement, anniversaries of businesses in our community, awards and public recognitions.

State government resources

• Michigan Senate website:
• Michigan House of Representatives website:
• Michigan Legislative website:

Michigan's 31st Senate District

The 31th state Senate District includes all of Bay, Lapeer, and Tuscola counties.

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StAY IN touch

Senator Kevin Daley
5200 Connie B. Binsfeld Office Building
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

Phone: 517-373-1777
FAX: 517-373-5871

E-Mail: [email protected]
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