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Dear Friends,

To better serve the people of the 30th Senate District, I am offering this “Week in Review.” I hope you will find it informative about what is happening in Lansing.

I encourage you to contact me with any state issue. You may call 517-373-6920 or email [email protected].  Also, please check out my Facebook page. Let me know if I can assist you in any way or if you have an idea to help move our state forward.

Working for you,
Roger Victory
State Senator

Agriculture Update:

Michigan bean tour

I toured a facility in West Michigan that, in partnership with the Michigan Bean Commission, has developed a new way to refine beans and other agricultural products. Through a fascinating centrifuge-turbine-like process, they are able to generate extremely fine and uniform powder. It is so advanced that if you were put a Twinkie in, wrapper included, it would be able to process and separate out the wrapper so that the final product would be safe to eat. The current application is focused on the development of a nutrient-dense flour for baking.

Innovations like this in the agriculture and food industries help contribute to our value-added economy. They also provide a market for produce that is misshapen or otherwise rejected from traditional groceries.

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Veterans Update:

Blue Star Mother’s Day

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Last week, I attended a great event with the Blue Star Mothers at the state Capitol. I want to thank our Blue Star Mothers for all they do to support all who have served and continue to serve.

Prior to the event, the Senate adopted Senate Resolution 105 to declare Feb. 1 as Blue Sar Mother’s Day in Michigan. Blue Star Mothers of America was founded in Flint in 1942 as an organization of mothers whose sons and daughters serve honorably in the nation’s armed forces.

They perpetuate the memory of the men and women who have served our country, welcome home returning veterans, visit wounded veterans in hospitals and rehabilitation centers, uphold the American institutions of freedom and justice, and care for the unsupported mothers who gave their sons and daughters to the service of the nation.

Legislative Update:

Bill to add Ottawa County judgeship

Last week, I supported sending the governor new legislation that would add a circuit court judgeship in Ottawa County starting in 2023.

An important part of ensuring justice is to ensure we have enough judges available to swiftly and effectively handle cases. Ottawa County is a growing community and, as a result, is seeing an increase in court cases. This bill will add an additional circuit court judgeship in Ottawa County to meet this increased caseload and allow our residents greater access to justice.

Every two years, the State Court Administrative Office releases the Judicial Resource Recommendations report based on its review of the needs of the Michigan judiciary. The review of trial court judgeships begins with a statistical analysis. Case filings are weighted to reflect the amount of judicial time necessary to handle each case type.

The 2019 report recommended that a judge be added to the 20th Judicial Circuit in Ottawa County. Senate Bill 694 is a judicial reorganization bill that would add the additional circuit court judge starting on Jan. 1, 2023. The initial term would be for eight years to stagger the judgeships, so that no more than two of the judges are up for re-election in the same year.

Last year, Gov. Whitmer vetoed House Bill 5259 that would have added the Ottawa County judgeship, saying that it was “unaccompanied by bills that would fill judicial needs in other parts of the state.”

SB 694 is a broader bill that would also add circuit court judge positions in Muskegon and Wayne counties, retain a circuit court judgeship in Saginaw County, reorganize the 89th Judicial District in northern Michigan and allow Kent County to add a fifth probate judge.

Consumer Update:

Safer Internet Day

Tuesday, Feb. 8 is Safer Internet Day, which works to create a safer internet. Visit for important tips on how you can be safe online!

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Michigan's 30th Senate District

The 30th State Senate District includes all of Ottawa County.

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Senator Roger Victory
4100 Connie B. Binsfeld Office Building
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

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