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Dear Friends,

Hello! Thank you for subscribing to my e-newsletter. I am honored to serve the 36th Senate District and look forward to working with you toward a better future for Michigan!

This e-newsletter serves to keep you updated on what is happening in Lansing and what I am doing as your state senator. I hope that you will find this e-newsletter helpful, and if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me. Or if you are in Lansing, please feel free to stop by my office at 920 Farnum Building.

Jim Stamas
State Senator
36th District of Michigan


Senate supports my bill to help veterans transition into civilian life

Senate Bill 52 passed the Senate and is now awaiting action in the House of Representatives. This legislation will help connect military veterans returning home with information about employment and benefits earned in service to the nation. For more information please go to

Expansion of job training program

It's a win for the Michigan economy when students can get training for skilled jobs and employers can get the qualified workers they need.

I recently supported Senate legislation that expands a statewide program where community colleges provide training for new jobs and graduates receive a competitive wage when they enter the workforce. The Michigan New Jobs Training Program (MNJTP) helps job providers collaborate with community colleges to create targeted training programs that eliminate the skills gap. Since it was created in 2008, the program has produced nearly 12,000 new jobs.

Senate Bills 69-71 have been sent to the Michigan House for consideration. For more information, please visit the legislative website at

Veteran friendly employer program

Skills acquired in the military are often hard to translate into a civilian resume. In addition, many employers are unaware of the value veterans can add to the companies that hire them.

That's why the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency is recognizing organizations that are committed to recruiting, training and retaining top veteran talent. The Certified Veteran-Friendly Employer program helps connect veterans with employers who understand the value of their military training and discipline, so that more veterans can find a rewarding civilian career.

Find more information at

Renew your boat registration online

With spring on its way, it's never been easier to renew your watercraft registration! Visit to renew - all that's required is the boat's registration number. In 2014, more than 47,000 watercraft renewals were submitted online. Boat owners can also renew by mail or at a Secretary of State Branch office.

Michigan boasts nearly 900,000 registered watercraft. Registrations are issued for three years and expire on March 31 of the third year.

Ribbet! Volunteers needed for annual frog survey

Michigan's 20th annual statewide Frog and Toad Survey will take place this spring. The DNR coordinates and analyzes data for the survey, while volunteers throughout the state conduct the field work. Volunteers can contact Lori Sargent at [email protected] or 517-284-6216 and provide their name and address. More information on the survey is available at; scroll down the left sidebar and click on Research Projects.

Watch out for pedestrians and bicyclists!

The nicer weather is finally here, and more people are out and about! So please look twice for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians.

Open house to discuss US-10 bridge improvements

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) invites the public to attend an informational meeting regarding proposed bridge improvements on US-10 from I-75 west to US-10 Business Route (BR) in Bay and Midland counties. This open house-style meeting will provide an opportunity for the public to meet with MDOT staff and ask questions about the road construction project.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
4 - 7 p.m.
Williams Township Hall
1080 W. Midland Road

If you have any questions or need special accommodations, call 989-671-1535, ext. 306


In this photo: me, Ben Sklarczyk, Rep. Triston Cole and Stacy Cole.

It was wonderful attending the Otsego Wildlife Legacy Society (OWLS) Banquet. For more information on the OWLS, please visit their website

In this photo: me and Paul Eckert

It was a great event for the Michigan Cervidae Industry last Saturday. It was a wonderful turnout! A big thanks to this industry that supports many Michigan jobs and family businesses!

It was a great turnout at the Good Morning Alpena breakfast March 6. Thank you to all those who attended and supported the community. For more information regarding similar events in Alpena, or for the next breakfast, please visit the Chamber website at
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Senator Jim Stamas

920 Farnum Bldg. P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

Phone: (517) 373-7946

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