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Dear Friends,

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of my monthly e-newsletter. Summer is in the air, and I hope you are finding ways to enjoy the sunshine and warmer weather.

I want to remind you that my team and I are here for you. I know these are challenging times. I hear you, and I understand your frustrations and concerns with the many executive orders and restrictions we are faced with. My office has received countless calls and emails asking for help understanding all of the governor's executive orders. Since this crisis started in March, Michigan has seen more than 100 executive orders— that’s more than three of our neighboring states combined!

I will continue to fight and be there for the people of the 31st District. I believe that with proper precautions and safety measures in place, we are ready to reopen, and I was happy to see the governor move to begin that process.

I will continue to advocate for you, your communities, and your businesses. If you have any questions or thoughts you wish to share, please contact me at [email protected], 517-373-1777.


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Kevin Daley
State Senator
31st District

Michigan businesses, families begin slow transition to normalcy

Retailers, restaurants and other Michigan businesses will be permitted to open their doors to patrons again with capacity limits and guests adhering to social distancing guidelines.

Yesterday, the governor signed Executive Order 2020-110, rescinding her “Safer-at-Home” order and moving the entire state into phase four of her Michigan Safe Start Plan.

Last week, Michigan residents we’re given the go ahead to begin gathering in groups of 10 people or less, as long as they adhere to social distancing guidance. Retail businesses and auto dealerships were able to reopen by appointment and health care providers could resume nonessential medical, dental and veterinary procedures.

Now, EO 2020-110 will allow retailers to reopen on June 4 and restaurants to reopen on June 8 — both being subject to capacity limits. Day camps for children will likewise be permitted to open on June 8. Effective immediately, groups of 100 or less are allowed gather outdoors with social distancing. Office work that is not capable of being performed remotely can resume, and in-home services, including housecleaning services, can resume operations.

Now that local businesses in our communities can begin accepting customers again, I encourage you to support these businesses whenever you are able. They have faced terrible difficulties in recent months and need our help now more than ever.

Daley supports additional COVID-19 relief funding

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The Michigan Senate recently approved $524 million in available COVID-19 federal funds to help families in need of financial assistance, deliver much-needed supplies to front-line workers and support critical state infrastructure.

Senate Bill 690 would provide $100 million in support pay for first responders such as police officers, firefighters and EMS workers, $50 million for additional testing supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) for front-line workers in hospitals and other settings, $125 million to reduce child care costs for essential workers, and $178 million to increase pay by $3 an hour for direct care workers, including those who provide care for seniors in nursing homes, disabled individuals and individuals with mental illnesses.

The legislation also includes language to provide $11 million to immediately hire an additional 300 temporary workers to the Unemployment Insurance Agency; $12 million for agriculture processors for testing, facility needs and PPE supplies; $45 million for at-home learning, summer education and assessment support for schools; and $2.5 million in assistance to hospitality workers who may not be eligible for unemployment benefits.

It’s important that we quickly put these federal dollars to work and provide additional help to those in need. It is my hope that the House of Representatives and governor take swift action to pass this funding.

New tool: Unemployment Assistance Web Form

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My team has been working hard to get you answers from the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA). Since March, we have submitted countless inquiries to the UIA on your behalf.

Recently, my team launched a new tool to better support you in this endeavor. If you or someone you know is struggling to get answers from UIA, is locked out of your account, or you think you’ve been wrongfully denied benefits, please follow the link below to our website and fill out the required information.

Once your completed form has been received by my office, a member of my staff will reach out to you directly.

Please note that when the UIA does follow up with you, they will call from a phone number with an “866” area code. They will only call twice to the phone number you provided on the form. Their goal is to contact people within 10-14 days. If your claim is resolved before then, please let my office know.

We’re looking forward to helping and getting to work on your behalf. My staff and I will do our best to help any way we can during this difficult time.

Secretary of state branches to reopen June 1

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson recently announced that all secretary of state branches will reopen by appointment only starting June 1.

Branch offices will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday for essential services that cannot be conducted online. These services include transactions like title transfers; seasonal commercial vehicle renewal; and operator, CDL, chauffeur, mechanic and motorcycle testing.

Please note that the reopening of branches does not impact Executive Order 2020-78, which temporarily extends the validity of driver licenses and certain vehicle registrations. Individuals with licenses that expire between Feb. 1, 2020 and June 30, 2020 will now have until July 31, 2020 to renew. This service may also be done anytime online at

To schedule an appointment, visit or call 888-SOS-MICH.

How you can help our friends in Midland

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The historic flooding in Midland has been devastating.

My thoughts and prayers are with the residents that have lost their homes, business owners that have lost their places of work, and with all of the affected communities.

If you are looking for ways to support this community, please visit this link for more information.

Here you’ll find volunteer opportunities, donation lists, and additional resources. With your help, we can support our neighbors and help Midland recover.

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

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• Michigan House of Representatives website:
• Michigan Legislative website:

Michigan's 31st Senate District

The 31th state Senate District includes all of Bay, Lapeer, and Tuscola counties.

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StAY IN touch

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

E-Mail: [email protected]
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