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Senate Natural Resources Committee approves McBroom wolf resolution

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The Senate Natural Resources Committee recently approved Senate Resolution 15 that I sponsored, which urges wildlife officials to hold a gray wolf hunting and trapping season in the Upper Peninsula this year. Wolves were removed from the endangered species list in late 2020.

Supporters of the resolution believe wolves are causing a decline in the U.P deer herd and problems for farms raising livestock. Wisconsin is already holding hunts and U.P. residents should be able to legally hunt wolves.

Read more about the committee hearing here.

McBroom mining inspector reforms pass Senate

Legislation I sponsored that would update the requirements for individuals to serve as mining inspectors in the state received Senate approval and was sent to the state House.

Senate Bill 119 would remove a requirement currently in state law that requires mining inspectors have at least 10 years’ experience in the profession in order to be elected in counties that currently have only abandoned or idled metallic mineral mines. The bills would also allow counties to form agreements to share mining inspectors.

With more than 800 abandoned mine sites in the U.P., it is an important safety issue for our local units to be aware of and be able to timely inspect these areas. When the Western U.P. counties shared that they were having difficulty finding eligible individuals to serve because of restrictions in the state law, it seemed appropriate to look at making necessary and reasonable updates.

Senate approves additional $2 billion for COVID-19 response

The Senate this week approved nearly $2 billion in federal COVID-19 relief funding to protect people from the virus and help Michigan students safely return to school.

Senate Bill 114 includes funding to meet the goals of ensuring healthier families and communities, such as:

• $110 million in additional support for vaccine distribution. $36.7 million is dedicated to improving the governor’s poor vaccine rollout. The rest of the funds will be held in reserve until vaccine doses are available and the governor’s plan is completed.
• $150 million to increase pay for direct care workers on the front lines of fighting the virus in hospitals and nursing homes.
• $185 million for COVID-19 testing, including $75 million to increase virus testing for students, teachers and staff in order to help in-person learning resume statewide as soon as possible. The funding also includes $25 million for nursing home testing.
• $283 million in emergency rental assistance to ensure Michiganders struggling financially due to the pandemic and Gov. Whitmer’s orders can remain in their homes.

SB 29 includes $1.2 billion to help build a healthier future and includes:

• A minimum of $450 per pupil to tackle learning loss associated with school closures.
• $179 million to support summer school to help students catch up.
• $5.9 million to reimburse parents for costs associated with summer school.
• $20 million for student mental health services.
• $11.7 million for benchmark assessments in reading and math.
• $87 million in federal Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) grants for nonpublic schools.

These two bills now go to the House of Representatives for consideration.

The Senate is also continuing to work on House Bill 4047, which includes over $590 million in funding to help create a healthier economy, including funding to assist workers and businesses facing financial ruin due to the governor’s shutdown orders, repay the state’s Unemployment Trust Fund for fraudulent benefits paid out by the Unemployment Insurance Agency, help struggling businesses with unemployment taxes, and reimburse Michigan businesses that were charged licensing and inspection fees by the state even when their businesses were closed through no fault of their own.

Blue Star Mothers of America resolution adopted by Senate

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The Michigan Senate recently adopted Senate Resolution 10, which commemorates Feb. 1, 2021, as Blue Star Mother’s Day in the state of Michigan and honors the work they do for our nation’s veterans.

Blue Star Mothers are mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers, foster mothers and female legal guardians who have a family member serving in the military. The organization was originally founded in Flint in 1942 and has grown to every corner of the nation.

The Blue Star Mothers of America do tremendous work both honoring and caring for the men and women who served this nation. They honor those who gave their lives, visit injured service members in the hospital, and help care for and provide support to families who have lost a loved one. The work they do has countless untold benefits and I don’t believe the good in their hearts can even be quantified.

While we can never truly display our gratitude for their children’s bravery and sacrifices, we can certainly honor the organization’s mission and raise awareness about the work they do.

The resolution had a host of bipartisan co-sponsors and was formally adopted by the Senate.

Support for our student athletes

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 has been turned upside down. Our students have been missing out on some of the most formative events in their lives, opportunities that often present themselves once and never again.

I was incredibly concerned when Gov. Whitmer announced high school athletics must stop competing immediately and wouldn’t be able to resume until at least Feb. 22. In these challenging times, it is imperative that our governor, lawmakers, school administrators, and organizations like the MHSAA are responsive to our students' needs.

In the wake of Gov. Whitmer’s announcement, I heard from dozens of concerned students, parents, and coaches. I was proud to support Senate Resolution 7, which urged the governor and MDHHS to allow high school sports to resume play immediately. This resolution passed with bipartisan support.

Your voices matter, and they were heard. This week Gov. Whitmer reversed her decision, allowing contact sports to resume on Monday, Feb. 8. I am glad her administration recognizes that winter sports are a safe, and needed, activity for our students. I wish all of our teams the best of luck this season.

Snowmobile Safety

After the recent snowfall in some parts of the state, trails are busy with riders. Please make sure you are familiar with snowmobiling rules and regulations and “ride right,” so you can get home safely to your family and friends.

Speed is the number one cause of serious snowmobile rider injury and death. Please stay on the right side of the trail, ride at a safe speed and ride sober.

Important Safety Tips:

• Ride on the right side of the trail.
• Ride at a safe speed.
• Ride sober.
• Anticipate and yield to groomers.
• Don’t use modified exhausts.
• When approaching an intersection, come to a complete stop, raise off the seat and look both ways for traffic.
• Ride safe, so you make it home to your family and friends.

Michigan Reconnect Scholarship

An education beyond high school opens the door to many new opportunities. It’s never too late, and Michigan Reconnect can help you get there. Michigan Reconnect is a scholarship program that pays for eligible individuals to attend their local, in-district community college and offers a large tuition discount for those who attend an out-of-district community college.

Scholarships can be used to complete an associate degree or a skill certificate program. Eligible recipients must be at least 25 years old, have lived in Michigan for one year or more, have a high school diploma or equivalent, and have not yet completed a college degree. For more information or to apply, visit

COVID-19 resources

Below is a list of resources available to you if you need any type of assistance. 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.

Michigan's 38th Senate District

The 38th State Senate District includes the counties of Alger, Baraga, Delta, Dickinson, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw, Marquette, Menominee, Ontonagon, and Schoolcraft in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula.

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Senator Ed McBroom
7200 Connie B. Binsfeld Office Building
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

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