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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

I had the pleasure of visiting two businesses in the 26th District! First up was Mersino, a nationwide leader in dewatering solutions. It was truly impressive to see firsthand their extensive experience in various dewatering methods and commitment to innovation!

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Second was Vice Armory, a shooting sports company with humble beginnings. They prove that dedication can turn a simple idea into a thriving business!

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Pathfinder: Free tool available to help students make career decisions

Pathfinder is a free online career exploration tool available to every Michigan student, their parents and guidance counselors.

Pathfinder was developed by the Michigan Department of Education’s Office of Career and Technical Education in partnership with the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity as a result of Public Act 88 of 2022. The tool provides valuable information to help students make informed choices about educational and career options, and includes filters to help individuals explore jobs, fields, and schools and choose multiple paths for comparison.

The law requires school districts in Michigan to provide students in grades 8-12 with a post-graduation opportunities informational packet, including information on how to access the Pathfinder tool. This requirement includes intermediate school districts, public school academies, or nonpublic schools.

Walmart Wellness Day offers free health screenings

Walmart invites communities to prioritize their health as they head back to school at Walmart Wellness Day. This community event will take place on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and there will be free health screenings, free and low-cost immunizations and the opportunity to talk with a local Walmart pharmacist. Find a free event near you at

Weigh in on state forest road changes

Each year, the DNR reviews the approximately 11,600 miles of forest roads currently open to the public. Road information is reviewed to make sure digital maps match the landscape and help people identify which roads are open or closed to public use.

Trail users are asked to share their thoughts on the trails they use the most and help the DNR keep its maps of thousands of miles of forest roads accurate. Comments on forest road maps may be submitted at any time, however, feedback received by Aug. 31 will be considered when developing the 2024 maps.

To view the status of forest roads and submit comments on an interactive map, visit or email comments to [email protected].

Free ORV Weekend

Michigan is home to more than 4,000 miles of off-road vehicle trails. On Aug. 19-20, all routes, trails and the state’s six scramble areas are open to riders. During the Free ORV Weekend, trails are open to residents and out-of-state visitors with or without ORV licenses or trail permits. All other ORV rules and laws apply.

Visit the DNR ORV webpage to download the ORV rules and regulations handbook, find ORV-friendly campgrounds, review maps of state-designated ORV trails, and much more!

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August is Family Fun Month

As the summer comes to an end and the kids prepare to head back to school, there is still time for one last Michigan adventure. August is Family Fun Month. Here are just a few ways to celebrate:

• Michigan library card holders have the opportunity to discover and explore participating cultural destinations, parks, campgrounds, and recreation areas around the state at a discounted rate with a Michigan Activity Pass.
• Visit one of Michigan’s water parks or aquatic centers.
• Go to a baseball game — Michigan is home to one major league team and three minor league teams that offer kids days and family-friendly activities.
• Get up close to wildlife or sea life at a Michigan zoo or aquarium.

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Important back to school information

• The Michigan Department of Education has updated A Parent’s Guide to Personal Curriculum: Focus on Students with an IEP. The personal curriculum can support students with an individualized education plan by modifying Michigan Merit Curriculum standards and credits, making it possible to achieve a high school diploma.
• The U.S. Department of Education requires that intermediate school districts and local education agencies, as a condition of receiving funds under any portion of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 as amended, receive an annual certification that it has no policy that prevents or otherwise denies participation in constitutionally protected prayer in public schools. A district’s failure to submit the required certification may result in the district’s loss of funding under ESEA. Certifications are due on or before Sept. 22.
Public Law 108-447 requires all educational institutions who receive federal funds to hold an educational program about the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17. Since Constitution Day falls on a Sunday this year, schools must hold a program immediately before or after Sept. 17.
• All Michigan K-12 schools are eligible to obtain free air purifiers through the MI Safe School Indoor Air Ventilation program. Air purifiers are provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Epidemiology Laboratory Capacity Reopening Schools grants. For more information or to submit a request, visit the MI Safe Schools Indoor Air Ventilation Program Request Form.

Helpful Resources

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State government resources

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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

E-Mail: [email protected]

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