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Dear Friends,

Welcome to the latest edition of my monthly e-newsletter. As always, I hope you find the news and information below helpful. Please feel free to share this newsletter with anyone you feel may be interested.

My staff and I are available should you have any thoughts or concerns about state government. Please feel free to contact my office at [email protected] or at 517-373-1777.


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Kevin Daley
State Senator
26th District

Constituent connections

This month, I was honored to attend the Imlay City Chamber Gala and present state tributes to some outstanding individuals and organizations! Congratulations to Lisa Super for being named Citizen of the Year, the Imlay City Eagles Auxiliary for earning Organization of the Year, and Josh Henley for receiving the Merit Award. Thank you for your dedication and hard work!

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Busy visits at the Capitol!

Thank you to the hardworking potato growers who came to Lansing to learn hands-on about the budget process. I’m committed to advocating for our farmers and agricultural prosperity in our state. Additionally, it was great to meet with representatives from Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works! and Genesee Shiawassee Thumb Michigan Works! to learn more about their workforce development programs aimed at helping employers locate skilled workers and aiding job seekers in finding and retaining employment.

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Surrogacy legislation a misstep in safeguarding individual rights

On March 19, I voted against the commercial surrogacy legislation (House Bills 5207 – 5215) proposed by my colleagues on the other side of the aisle. In-vitro fertilization (IVF) is legal in Michigan, and I oppose any attempt to restrict access to this treatment that helps aspiring families. House Bills 5207 – 5215 would legalize a type of commercialized surrogacy banned in other countries, including Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia because of its ties to human trafficking and exploitation. Furthermore, this legislation eliminates existing felony penalties against the use of minors or developmentally disabled women as surrogates. It is critical that we safeguard the rights of individuals who are susceptible to exploitation, and this legislation failed to meet that mark.

Democrats give away more of your tax dollars to corporations

At a time when families are struggling, Senate Democrats are once again picking winners and losers by choosing to create special tax carve-outs for large corporations rather than work toward real solutions to help Michigan’s ailing economy.

Lansing Democrats have passed yet another partisan bill package that benefits big corporations over struggling families. It’s a clear pattern that began when they repealed Right to Work and resurrected Prevailing Wage. Last year, they raised taxes on small businesses, and now they are making back-room deals with multinational companies using your tax dollars. This money should be returned to the hardworking Michigan taxpayers who need financial relief at a time with high gas and grocery prices.

NFL Draft in Detroit

The NFL Draft is coming to Detroit! For the first time, the city of Detroit and the Detroit Lions will be hosting the 2024 NFL Draft. The event will take place April 25-27 in the downtown area at Campus Martius Park and Hart Plaza.

The three-day event is free to attend but does require registration. The NFL Draft Experience will have interactive games, photo opportunities at exhibits, including the Vince Lombardi Trophy, free player autograph sessions and appearances, and more! To register, visit or download the NFL OnePass App.

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Spring means bear season in Michigan

Springtime in Michigan means trees are budding, birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, and black bears are on the move. During the spring season, black bears leave their dens in search of food and water.

Particularly in the Upper Peninsula or the northern Lower Peninsula, residents should be careful to keep bears from finding food sources near their homes. Once a bear finds an easily accessible source, they can quickly become repeat visitors. They can lose their fear of humans, cause property damage or create dangerous situations for people, livestock, and pets.

Following these simple steps can keep bears safely at a distance and prevent dangerous interactions:

• Remove bird feeders. In place of bird feeders, use birdbaths, nest boxes or bird perches to attract spring birds. Adding native plants will also help bring birds to your garden while bird feeders are stored away for the spring and summer.

• Put away pet food and outdoor grills. Bears have a very strong sense of smell and are highly effective at sniffing out any food that’s been left out.

• Store garbage cans in a garage or another locked facility. Wait until morning to put garbage out for pickup, don’t leave it at the curb overnight.

To learn more about how to peacefully coexist with bears this spring, visit

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Know before you go

Many critical improvements are underway at state parks across Michigan, and many more are ready to break ground. These projects were made possible through the bipartisan, once-in-a-generation $250 million investment plan championed by Senate Republicans in 2022. This investment addresses the infrastructure backlog at state parks and recreation areas across the state.

Visitors this summer will enjoy new and upgraded camping amenities, toilet and shower buildings, electrical and water distribution systems and park roads, as well as visitor center enhancements and historic preservation work.

Before you visit any of Michigan’s 103 state parks and recreation areas, be sure to visit to check for closures, repairs or weather-related events.

ORV and trail permits

The 2024-25 ORV season begins April 1 and runs through March 31, 2025.

In Michigan, an ORV license is required to ride eligible county roads, frozen surfaces of public waters, state forest roads (open to ORV use) and eligible national forest roads. An ORV trail permit is required in addition to an ORV license when operating on state-designated ORV trails and scramble areas.

ORV licenses and trail permits are each valid for one year and grant the holder access to 4,000 miles of state-designated ORV trails and scramble areas, eligible county or national forest roads, state forest roads, and more.

ORV licenses and trail permits can be purchased:

• Online through eLicense.
• In person at a number of DNR license agents and dealers.

Helpful Resources

Celebrating a special occasion?

My office is happy to offer legislative tributes in honor of noteworthy events such as retirement, anniversaries of businesses in our community, awards and public recognitions.

State government resources

Michigan Senate website:
Michigan House of Representatives website:
Michigan Legislature website:
Michigan Citizen’s Guide: Citizen’s Guide to State Government, 102nd Legislature

Senator Kevin Daley
5200 Connie B. Binsfeld Office Building
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

Phone: 517-373-1777
FAX: 517-373-5871

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