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Theis votes to strengthen integrity of state’s elections system

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Sen. Lana Theis supported legislation approved by the Senate on Thursday that would help restore and improve the security and integrity of Michigan’s elections system.

“Michigan voters expect and deserve an elections process that is fair, secure, and accurate,” said Theis, R-Brighton. “As a member of the Senate Oversight Committee, I heard hours of testimony and first-hand accounts that people are losing trust in the election system, and the committee’s election report determined that reforms are needed. The legislation the Senate approved today is a step in the right direction toward strengthening the integrity of our state’s elections system.”

The Senate passed HB 4837 to prohibit unapproved third parties from accessing the Qualified Voter File; HB 4838 to ban voting machines and the electronic poll book from being connected to the internet during Election Day; House Bill 4492 to allow for additional polling place locations to be created at a limited list of specific private locations, such as conference centers, clubhouses, and golf course facilities; and HB 4528 to require training for election challengers and increase training for election workers about the role of challengers.

Senate Bill 280 was also approved to require the Board of State Canvassers to complete the canvass of an initiative petition within 100 days after the petition is filed with the Secretary of State’s office. It would also require any petition filed no later than 160 days from the general election to have its canvass completed no later than 100 days before that election.

Theis highlights DNR mineral rights auction in Livingston County, encourages public comme

State Sen. Lana Theis, R-Brighton, on Wednesday alerted Livingston County residents to an upcoming Department of Natural Resources sealed-bid auction to lease state-owned nonmetallic mineral rights at a former sand and gravel pit in Genoa Township.

The DNR will issue one mineral lease with a goal of using the property in the future as a tree seed orchard to produce seedlings for distribution throughout the state. It was chosen for this purpose due to its proximity to the State Forest Tree Improvement Center.

The department will accept sealed bids from Dec. 13 through Jan. 3, 2022 for three specific parcels at the site. The parcels are:

47 acres of Section 33, T02N, R05E

SE1/4 of NE1/4, excluding a parcel of land containing 3.78 acres; also excluding westerly of the centerline of Chilson Road.

.75 acres of Section 33, T02N, R05E

The part of the SE1/4 of NE1/4 lying westerly of the centerline of Chilson Road.

17 acres of Section 33, T02N, R05E

NE1/4 of NE1/4 except the north 60 feet.

The DNR is also welcoming public comments regarding the auction. Those wishing to submit a comment should do so by Oct. 27 via email to [email protected] or [email protected], or by mailing a letter to DNR, Minerals Management Section, P.O. Box 30452, Lansing, MI 48909.

All commenters should include their name, phone number, and email and mailing addresses with their submission.

For more information on state mineral rights, visit,4570,7-350-79136_79239—,00.html.

Pure Michigan fall color map

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Fall in Michigan is magical. The temperatures drop, local farms and orchards display their bounty and the trees begin to change color. Across the state the leaves transform from green to red, orange and yellow - first slowly and quietly then suddenly in a final explosion of color.

To help you plan your color tour through the state, check out the Pure Michigan fall color map. This interactive tool gives fall color seekers information to find the best locations for fall foliage throughout the state!

Fall Turkey Digest now available

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Fall turkey season is Sept. 15 through Nov. 14, 2021.

Information about fall turkey regulations, management units, hunting hours and more is available in the Fall Turkey Digest.

The digest, provided through the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, is a condensed collection of rules and regulations for hunters’ convenience and is available for download to your smartphone or mobile device.

Find fall turkey season dates, bag limits, hunting regulations and hours, a place to hunt and more.

Michigan's 22nd Senate District

The 22nd State Senate District includes all of Livingston County and western Washtenaw County, including Ann Arbor (part), Bridgewater Twp., Chelsea, Dexter city, Dexter Twp., Freedom Twp., Lima Twp., Lodi Twp. (part), Lyndon Twp., Manchester Twp., Northfield Twp., Saline Twp. (part), Scio Twp. (part), Sharon Twp., Sylvan Twp., and Webster Twp.

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Senator Lana Theis
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Lansing, MI 48909-7536

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