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. Let me know if I can assist you in any way or if you have an idea to help move our state forward.

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Rep. Triston Cole and I recently welcomed the Rev. Jon Jenkins to the Michigan Senate. Jenkins is the senior pastor at Grace Baptist Church in Gaylord and delivered the invocation before the start of Senate session on Tuesday. Joining us at the Capitol were the Rev. Greg Ewing, assistant pastor at Grace Baptist Church, and Darren, a student at Grace Baptist College. Thank you for making the trip to Lansing and sharing a blessing with us. It was a wonderful way to start the legislative day.

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I recently had the chance to attend the Whitetails Unlimited dinner in Iosco County with Judge David C. Riffel. It was a great weekend to be out and about in the 36th District and to support an organization that does so much to preserve our national resources and the enjoyment of our great outdoors.

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Honored by public health association
I was recently honored with the Friend of Local Public Health Award from the Michigan Association of Local Public Health in Lansing.

Denise Bryan, health officer for District Health Departments No. 2 and No. 4, nominated me and presented me with the award in recognition of my work on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) found in area groundwater.

I want to thank our public health workers for the important work they do every day in our communities. The district health departments in northern Michigan have been doing an excellent job educating the public about PFAS.

Last summer, I went door-to-door with Denise Bryan to help better inform the local residents about the PFAS issue. I also want to thank Denise for nominating me for this award and for her dedication to the health of Michigan families.

$18.65 million for school safety
Every Michigan child deserves a safe and productive place to learn. That is why I supported a boost in current-year funding to make critical school safety improvements and help prevent school tragedies.

This immediate funding would ensure that all Michigan schools and communities have access to resources and effective safety technology that can best protect our students and teachers.

The funding is included in Senate Bill 601, a supplemental appropriation bill for the current 2018 fiscal year. Grants would be available to public and nonpublic schools to purchase physical security equipment, public address systems, inspection and screening systems, shatterproof glass for exterior doors and windows or a school safety assessment.

Thankfully, many schools in our state already have upgraded security to protect students and teachers. This would provide $15 million for competitive grants to schools that need to make critical school safety enhancements.

This bill would also provide $3 million for a statewide school emergency notification system that would be available to all Michigan schools. The system app would allow authorized users to call 911 while simultaneously providing alerts to school staff and area first responders via text message, email and push notifications. [read more

Encouraging Medicaid workforce engagement
I recently supported Senate legislation to adopt workforce engagement thresholds for certain able-bodied adults on Medicaid.

The goal of this reform is to empower those who can work to realize their full potential in a rewarding career. People are healthier and happier when they are working, and by encouraging people to find work or improve their ability to get a job, we can help them improve their health and better provide for their families.

Senate Bill 897 would require able-bodied adults between the ages of 19 and 64 who are receiving Medicaid health benefits to work, receive job training or get an education (or a combination of any of the three) for an average of 29 hours per week.

The legislation has many important exemptions to focus on encouraging self-reliance and preparing people for good careers and, ultimately, achievement of the American dream.

It would not apply to seniors, pregnant women, a caretaker of a child under age 6, people with disabilities or their caregivers, the medically frail, residents under age 21 who were in foster care, caretakers of incapacitated people, individuals seeking substance use disorder treatment, those receiving unemployment benefits, ex-prisoners released in the last six months, people with medical conditions that impact their ability to work, and full-time students who are emancipated or whose parents qualify for Medicaid. [read more

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Free Pure Michigan travel guide available
The 2018 Pure Michigan Spring/Summer Travel Guide is now available and features warm weather fun all over our great state!

The popular travel publication showcases spectacular sights to see and exciting places to go, including beach towns, island getaways, scenic drives, culinary destinations and much more.

Please contact my office for a free print copy or find it online at

New laws ban possession of ransomware
Ransomware is a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system or freeze files until a sum of money — or ransom — is paid. Some high profile ransomware attacks have targeted hospitals, businesses and utilities.

While Michigan has laws that prohibit the hacking and unauthorized use of computer systems, I recently supported an effort to strengthen the law by prohibiting even the possession or distribution of the software. Under Public Acts 95 and 96 of 2018, violators will be guilty of a felony punishable by up to three years in prison. The tougher penalties will help deter and prevent the growth of this cybercrime.

The new laws take effect July 1, 2018.


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

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