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Dear Friends,

My colleagues and I in the Michigan Legislature continue to make your health and safety our number one priority. For more than three months, we have drastically changed the way we conduct business and live our lives in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep Michiganders safe.

As a direct result, we are beginning to see the economic impact these efforts have had on our state and our local communities. Many of the local businesses in our community are starting to carefully reopen while following enhanced safety and social distancing guidelines, and my hope is more businesses will continue to reopen in the coming days and weeks.

As always, my office is open remotely and my staff and I are available to assist you. You may contact us by emailing [email protected] or by telephone at 1-855-347-8034. Let me know if I can assist you in any way or if you have an idea to help move our state forward.

Also, please check out my Facebook page for updates on what’s going on in our state’s Capitol.


Jon Bumstead
State Senator
34th District

Historic auto Insurance reforms take effect July 1

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Michigan’s broken auto insurance system has forced hard working families to pay the highest rates in the nation. The high price of car insurance has made it difficult to for many residents to have the financial freedom they deserve. This resulted in many drivers to simply continue driving without insurance, putting themselves and everyone else on the road at risk.

That is why last year, my colleagues and I in the Senate made reforming our insurance laws a top priority and passed Senate Bill 1. The reforms from SB 1 will take full effect on July 1, 2020 and you will finally be able to choose the coverage that best fits your needs and budget.

Below are some of the benefits that the auto insurance reforms will give you and your family:

Reduce the $220 annual Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association free by 80% for all options other than unlimited.
Insurers will now be required to offer Michigan drivers new personal injury protection coverage options, giving residents the ability to choose their coverage based on their needs and budget.
Insurance companies will be banned from using several non-driving factors in setting rates, such as sex and marital status.
Allows residents to use their health insurance, Medicaid or Medicare to cover medical costs resulting from an auto accident.
Creates a fee schedule to control the costs that medical provides may charge for auto accident victims.
Each insurance company will be required to reduce statewide average PIP medical premiums for eight years.

For more information about the historic reforms, visit my website by clicking here.

Free COVID-19 testing for residents in Muskegon and Newaygo counties this weekend

The Michigan National Guard will be teaming up with the Muskegon County Public Health Department and the District Health Department in Newaygo County this weekend to offer free COVID-19 testing to any resident of Muskegon and Newaygo counties.

Muskegon County Testing Information:

The walk-up and drive-through testing services for Muskegon County will be available on Friday, June 12 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday, June 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Oakridge Middle School, 251 S. Wolf Road, Muskegon. The testing site entrance is near the corner of S. Wolf Lake Road and Hall Road.

The tests will be administered by the state agencies and are free to county residents. No appointment is needed. To speed up your registration, print and complete your testing consent form at

Newaygo County Testing Information:

The walk-up and drive-through testing services for Newaygo County residents age 18 or older will be available on Saturday, June 13 and Sunday, June 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Health Department Complex parking lot, 1087 Newell St., White Cloud. Please access the complex off Williams St., by the Newaygo County Administration Building and the Newaygo County Courthouse.

No appointment is necessary, and testing will be administered on a first come, first serve basis. You do not need to be symptomatic to be tested. Bring a government issued photo identification, such as a driver’s license, for registration.

DNR announces opening dates for campgrounds, harbors and other outdoor spaces

As we move toward reopening our state, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced official opening dates for state park and state forest campgrounds, state harbors and other DNR-managed outdoor spaces. Some of the announced dates include:

Camping at the state’s more than 140 state forest campgrounds and overnight stays in DNR-managed harbors resumes Wednesday, June 10.
Camping, overnight lodging facilities, day-use shelters and sanitation stations in state parks and recreation areas reopen on Monday, June 22.

For more information, click here.

Senate unanimously passes resolution to denounce violent protests

Last week the Senate unanimously adopted Senate Resolution 122, which denounces the violent actions some have taken in response to the tragic death of George Floyd.

Americans are justifiably upset, and I fully support everyone’s First Amendment right to protest and peacefully assemble. There have been many recent incidents of Michiganders peacefully demonstrating to make their voices heard, and I commend those who have participated in these demonstrations, but we cannot allow violence to overcome the positive message that peaceful protestors are trying to display.

Bumstead supports bill to improve law enforcement training

Last week, I voted in support of legislation to ensure all law enforcement officers receive training to help improve their community relationships and protect all Michigan families from excessive force.

Senate Bill 945 would require that all law enforcement officers complete training on implicit bias, procedural justice and de-escalation techniques and receive education on mental health resources. It also would require ongoing annual continuing education for officers.

Law enforcement agencies would be required to adopt a policy stating the officers employed have an affirmative duty to use de-escalation techniques whenever possible. The policy would need to be adopted by Jan. 1, 2022. The Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) would be tasked with creating a model policy for agencies to adopt.

Bumstead supports legislation to allow police, firefighters to use EpiPens

In emergency situations, quick action by first responders can mean the difference between life and death. Michigan firefighters and police officers are permitted to use Narcan to save lives from opioid overdoses, but unfortunately they’re unable to use an EpiPen to help someone experiencing a dangerous allergic reaction.

It doesn’t make any sense, and that’s why I supported legislation to fix it. Senate Bill 418 would create the Law Enforcement and Firefighter Access to Epinephrine Act and allow trained law enforcement officers and firefighters to possess and administer epinephrine to individuals in situations of anaphylactic reactions.

A companion measure would add law enforcement agencies and fire departments as “eligible entities” allowed to obtain prescriptions for and purchase auto-injectable epinephrine devices, commonly referred to as EpiPens, and distribute them to their officers or firefighters.

Previous Executive Orders

Executive Order 2020-105 – Declaration of State of Emergency.

Executive Order 2020-106 – Establishing deadline to redeem property for nonpayment of delinquent property taxes.

Executive Order 2020-107 – Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity. Rescission of Executive Order 2015-11

Executive Order 2020-108 – Temporary restrictions on entry into health care facilities, residential care facilities, congregate care facilities, and juvenile justice facilities.

Executive Order 2020-109 – Temporary safety measures for food-selling establishments and pharmacies and temporary relief from requirements applicable to the renewal of licenses for the food-service industry.

Executive Order 2020-110 – Temporary restrictions on certain events, gatherings and businesses.

Executive Order 2020-111 – Protecting the food supply and migrant and seasonal agricultural workers from the effects of COVID-19.

Executive Order 2020-112 – Rescission of certain executive orders.

Executive Order 2020-113 – Enhanced authorization of remote means for carrying out state administrative procedures.

Executive Order 2020-114
– Safeguards to protect Michigan’s workers from COVID-19. Rescission of Executive Order 2020-97.

Executive Order 2020-115 – Temporary restrictions on certain events, gatherings, and businesses.

Executive Order 2020-116 – Temporary suspension of youth work permit application requirements.

Additional information on the governor’s executive orders and other state news can be found here.

Michigan's 34th Senate District

The 34th State Senate District includes the counties of Muskegon, Newaygo, and Oceana.

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Senator Jon Bumstead
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Lansing, MI 48909-7536

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