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Dear Friends,

Thank you for subscribing to my e-newsletter on what’s happening in the 14th Senate District and across our state.

If you have any questions or need to get in contact with me, feel free to call my office at 517-373-1636 or email me at [email protected].

All the best,
Sen. Ruth Johnson
District 14

Senate approves Unlock Michigan petition

Two days after the Board of State Canvassers certified the Unlock Michigan signatures, the Senate voted to pass the measure.

Unlock Michigan is a citizen-led petition drive to repeal the 1945 Emergency Powers of the Governor Act, which allowed a governor to declare a state of emergency and keep it in place without input from the Legislature. The group was formed in the early days of the pandemic in response to the governor’s decision to exercise unilateral power. Last October, the Michigan Supreme Court said Gov. Whitmer actions were illegal and declared the 1945 law as unconstitutional.

The Unlock Michigan petition was also approved by the House of Representatives. This action cannot be vetoed by the governor and will formally repeal the 1945 law.

Senate Passes MI Safe Drive plan

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The Michigan Senate this month voted to invest $1.3 billion in federal recovery funding to repair Michigan bridges listed in severe condition.

Senate Bill 529 would use $1.3 billion in federal recovery funds to fix bridges across the state in severe condition through bundling, where the design and construction of multiple projects around the state are contracted at the same time. Of the nearly 12,000 bridges in Michigan, 7,038 are managed by local municipalities. Of that number, over 400 are in critical need of repairs.

SB 529 would fund repairs for the bridges in severe condition. The bill also includes over $195 million to cover local road agency revenue losses and $126 million in federal money to improve safety at several intersections between railways and roadways.

SB 529 has been sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Michigan Hunting Digest now available

The 2021 edition of the Michigan Hunting Digest is now available. This annual publication, made available by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, contains everything hunters need to know including the latest rules and regulations pertaining to hunting and trapping, as well as species-specific information.

Hunters can use the hunting digest to find license information, hunting zones and hours, rules, regulations and more.

The 2021 Hunting Digest is available online by clicking here and can be downloaded to a smartphone or other personal device for use in the field.

July is National Blueberry Month

Did you know? Michigan blueberries are grown, harvested and processed by 575 family farms across the state, with more than 20,000 acres devoted entirely to blueberries.

Michigan ranks third in growing blueberries, producing an average of 92 million pounds with more than 30 different varieties. Michigan blueberry production contributes nearly $132 million to the state’s economy.

Fresh Michigan blueberries are available from July to September.

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COVID-19 resources

Below is a list of resources available to you if you need any type of assistance. Additionally, you can contact my office at any time for more information.

• General information, resources, testing locations and more:
• Up-to-date information about COVID-19 vaccine distribution:
• Coronavirus hotline for health-related questions: 1-888-535-6136 daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: 1-800-232-4636 or
• Michigan PEER Warmline for mental health support and substance abuse challenges: 1-888-733-7753 every day from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
• National suicide prevention lifeline available 24/7: Call 1-800-273-8255, text TALK to 741741 or visit
• Small business resources: or 1-888-522-0103.


Michigan's 14th Senate District

In Genesee County, the 14th Senate District includes the cities of Davison, Fenton and Grand Blanc as well as Atlas, Davison, Grand Blanc and Mundy townships.

In Oakland County, the district includes the cities of Fenton and Lake Angelus as well as Brandon, Groveland, Highland, Holly, Rose, Springfield and Waterford townships.

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Thank you for subscribing to my electronic newsletter! I am honored to represent you in the state Senate. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Please feel free to forward this on to others who may be interested in receiving the 14th District E-news. You may sign up for it also at my website.

Senator Ruth Johnson
7300 Connie B. Binsfeld Office Building
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

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