Senator Jim Stamas E-Newsletter

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Serving the people of the 36th Senate District is 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. Let me know if I can assist you in any way or if you have an idea to help move Michigan forward.

COVID-19 updated figures
Michigan today reported 1,457 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. Our state’s total number of positive cases is now at 10,791, with 40 cases in the 36th Senate District. State officials also reported 80 additional deaths, bringing the state total to 417 deaths. There have been over 29,300 specimens tested in Michigan, as of April 1. This information and more is available at

Strongly opposed to extending and expanding emergency declaration
On Wednesday, Gov. Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-33, an expanded declaration of emergency and disaster across the state, and she requested the Legislature pass a concurrent resolution extending the state of emergency and disaster declared in EO 2020-33 by 70 days.

I want to thank the people working on the front lines — and those supporting them — in this unprecedented challenge fighting against COVID-19. However, we must balance necessary action to protect Michigan families and resolve to preserve our representative government. At some point, the people deserve to have a say in their own lives.

I strongly oppose extending the declaration — especially for more than two months. The reality of COVID-19 in our state is changing daily, and it’s impossible to predict what sort of challenge we’ll face in a month, much less in 70 days. If a resolution comes before the Senate to extend the governor’s declaration for 70 days, I will be voting no.

I am also very concerned about the governor’s expansion of her executive order. Her orders have already picked winners and losers in Michigan, and I’m afraid this expansion will make that worse.

Schools closed until next school year
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has issued an executive order ending in-person K-12 instruction for the 2019-20 school year. Bringing students back together in a classroom environment poses too many health risks during this public health crisis. Under Executive Order 2020-35, schools will shift to distance learning formats to ensure our students are as fully prepared as possible for the next school year.

Many Michigan students have already been learning at home since the governor initially closed school buildings last month and this new order requires each school district to submit a detailed plan indicating how they will achieve distance learning for the rest of the school year.

I want to thank the many teachers and parents who are doing outstanding work to ensure students continue their education during this unprecedented challenge.

Here is the governor’s press release announcing her decision:

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Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Suspending Face-to-Face Learning at K-12 Schools for Remainder of School Year

Executive Order sets guidelines for remote learning, ensures teachers, school employees will be paid for remainder of school year

LANSING, Mich. — Governor Gretchen Whitmer today signed Executive Order 2020-35, which orders all K-12 school buildings to close for the remainder of the school year — unless restrictions are lifted — and ensures continuing of learning by setting guidelines for remote learning. District facilities may be used by public school employees and contractors for the purposes of facilitating learning at a distance while also practicing social distancing.

“My number one priority right now is protecting Michigan families from the spread of COVID-19. For the sake of our students, their families, and the more than 100,000 teachers and staff in our state, I have made the difficult decision to close our school facilities for the remainder of the school year,” Whitmer said. “As a parent, I understand the challenge closing schools creates for parents and guardians across the state, which is why we are setting guidelines for schools to continue remote learning and ensuring parents have resources to continue their children’s education from the safety of their homes. There is no video chat or homework packet that can replace the value of a highly trained, experienced teacher working with students in a classroom, but we must continue to provide equitable educational opportunities for students during this public health crisis.” READ MORE

Haven’t filed your taxes yet?
If you have not filed your income taxes yet, you now have until July.

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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.

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Senator Jim Stamas
100 N. Capitol Ave., Room S-324.
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

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