Senator Jim Stamas E-Newsletter

Serving You

Serving the constituents of the 36th Senate District is very important to me, and I encourage you to contact me with any state issues. You may call toll-free at 1-855-347-8036 or email [email protected]. Also, please check out my Facebook page. I look forward to serving you, and I encourage you to contact me if I can assist you in any way or if you have an idea to help move our state forward.

Boy Scouts of America Troop 768

I had the opportunity to join the Boy Scouts of America Troop 768 at St. Brigid Catholic Church in Midland. It was a lot of fun talking to the kids about public service and state government.

Hale Elementary School

March is National Reading Month. To help promote the importance of reading, I have been reading to hundreds of students at local elementary schools throughout the 36th District. I recently read to kids at Hale Elementary School.

Good Jobs for Michigan

Michigan has made significant strides to create a positive business environment that has helped create nearly half a million new private sector jobs in our state, but there is still work to do.

That is why I recently joined business, economic development, community and labor leaders to announce new legislation to help Michigan attract new and expanded business investments that result in the creation of more high-wage jobs in our state. [read more]

Alpena Fire Chief Bill Forbush

Make campsite reservations online!

Although it’s not summer yet, you can make your campsite reservations now through Labor Day weekend at all state parks, forests and recreation areas. Visit to reserve your favorite camping spot before it’s gone!

Watercraft registration

Renew your boat registration online

With spring on its way, it’s never been easier to renew your watercraft registration! All watercraft, unless exempt, must be registered with the Michigan Secretary of State.

Visit to renew, or renew by mail or at a Secretary of State branch office. Registrations are issued for three years and expire on March 31 of the third year.

Money from boat registration fees helps fund Michigan’s 82 public harbors and more than 1,300 public boat launches.

Old map

How did each Michigan county get its name?

Michigan is full of counties with interesting names. Emily Bingham at MLive Media recently wrote an interesting article detailing the origins behind the names for each of Michigan’s 83 counties.

The man responsible for naming many of our counties was Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, a 19th-century geographer and ethnologist who studied and wrote about Native American cultures and languages.

Below is the information from Bingham’s article for each of the counties in the 36th District. If you want to see the background for every county in the state, click here to read the entire MLive article. [read more]

Phone scams on the rise during tax season

During tax season, there’s an increase in scam phone calls from criminals claiming to be tax officials asking for cash payments through a wire transfer or prepaid debit card. The Michigan Department of Treasury reminds taxpayers that the agency will never:

Initiate a phone call to ask for personal information;
Call to demand immediate payment from a prepaid debit card, wire transfer or gift card;
Threaten to immediately arrest the taxpayer;
Demand that taxes be paid without an opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed; or
Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

Taxpayers who receive a call from a scammer should report the case to the IRS by calling 800-366-4484.

MDOT 2017 construction map available

The 2017 Paving the Way state construction map is now available online at The map details the major road repairs scheduled this season on state highways and trunklines. State construction information and up-to-date traffic information is also available on the Mi Drive website at and on the Mi Drive mobile app, which is available on iTunes and Google Play.


Senate District 36 Map

The 36th Senate District is made up of 10 counties, which includes: Presque Isle, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Oscoda, Alcona, Iosco, Arenac, Gladwin and Midland counties.

Thank you for subscribing to my electronic newsletter! I am honored to represent you in the 36th Senate District of Michigan. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Please feel free to forward this on to others who may be interested in receiving the 36th District E-news. You may sign up for it also at my website or via Facebook.

Senator Jim Stamas
201 Townsend Street Suite #5200
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

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