Download images to view this photo

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.


Download graphics to view this image

Kevin Daley
State Senator
26th District

Affordable housing in Michigan

I recently had a very productive meeting with MDL Companies on the future of affordable housing in Michigan. Guaranteeing access to quality, affordable housing is vital for our communities. I’m dedicated to collaborating on innovative solutions that tackle this urgent issue and create more affordable opportunities for Michigan residents.

Download images to view this photo

Agricultural representation is vital for Legislature

Last month, I was given an opportunity to speak to the farming community about the responsibility we must take at each level of government in our state. Michigan Farm Bureau Board of Directors member Doug Darling and I discussed the great impact agriculture has on Michigan’s economy. It is very important to have representation in the Legislature, both the House of Representatives and Senate. Agricultural needs have been a top concern of mine since I entered the Legislature and always will be.

Download images to view this photo

Retirement of beloved head coach

Mike Smith, head coach of Lapeer High School’s Lightning football team, retired from the position at the end of November. He had been coaching for over 26 years. While he no longer will lead young men from the sideline, he will continue to lead and form them as he remains as dean of students at LHS. We thank you, Coach Smith, for your decades of service and profound impact on our community!

Download images to view this photo

MPSC approves Line 5 tunnel permit

The Michigan Public Service Commission approved the permit for Enbridge to build an underground tunnel for the Line 5 pipeline, a critical energy source that currently runs underneath the Straits of Mackinac. The regulatory agency found there is both a public need for the energy products Line 5 carries and to protect the Great Lakes. The commission also recognized that alternatives were both costly and high-risk.

The Great Lakes Tunnel Project, originally scheduled to begin in 2021 and be operational in 2024, is critical to ensuring energy affordability and stability in Michigan. Final approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is still necessary before the project can begin.

Line 5 supplies more than half of the propane Michigan residents use to fuel their cars and heat their homes. The pipeline is also responsible for tens of thousands of jobs in downstream industries such as refineries, manufacturers, airports, and businesses, representing more than $464 million in labor income.

Home heating assistance

With colder temperatures setting in, residents may find themselves in need of help keeping the heat on this winter.

The state of Michigan offers several energy assistance programs to help eligible senior and low-income households keep utilities in service or have service restored. Immediate relief may be available through a network of nonprofit organizations and other financial assistance programs.

• Customers can contact 211 or their utility company to see what programs are available in their area. Dial 211 or go online to for information about available services.
• To apply online for Michigan Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) and the State Emergency Relief (SER) program, visit the MI Bridges website.
• For assistance with county-specific programs, contact the MDHHS county office where assistance is needed.

Download images to view this photo

Avoid holiday scams

The month of December is a busy time for charitable giving as many of us consider our holiday or year-end giving. While there are many legitimate and worthy charities, it is important to be cautious and ask the right questions before making a donation. There are several tools available to help you make safe charitable donations and avoid scams this season:

• Michigan’s nonprofit organizations have partnered with the attorney general to create a guide for Giving Wisely, which outlines ways we can be sure our donations are being used as we intend.
• The attorney general’s office maintains a registry of charitable organizations in Michigan. These reports are searchable and are available online or by calling 517-373-1152.
• You can also verify an organization’s IRS 501(c)(3) status by visiting the IRS Select Check tool.

Download images to view this photo

Snowmobile season is underway

State-designated trails are open to snowmobiles Dec. 1 through March 31. Snowmobile permits for the 2023-24 season are now available. The snowmobile program is 100% funded with your trail permit dollars. A $52 snowmobile trail permit is valid for one year and covers the cost of trail grooming, signage, bridges, culverts, grading, trailhead maintenance, and more.

Snowmobile permits can be purchased:

• Online through eLicense (your sticker will be mailed to you within 7 to 10 days).
• Online with the Michigan Snowmobile ORV Association (MISORVA processes permit orders daily Monday through Friday).
• In person at one of these DNR license agents and dealers.

While riding this winter, keep the following safety tips in mind so you make it home to your family and friends. Always ride at a safe speed, on the right side of the trail and sober. Remember to anticipate and yield to trail groomers.

Michigan-grown Christmas trees

Michigan is home to more than 500 Christmas tree farms that supply nearly 2 million fresh Christmas trees to the national market annually.

With approximately 37,000 acres in commercial Christmas tree production, Michigan ranks third in the nation in the number of Christmas trees harvested, supplying approximately 2 million fresh Christmas trees to the national market each year. For every Christmas tree harvested, Michigan Christmas tree farmers plant three new trees for future harvests.

To find a Christmas tree farm or retail near you, visit the Michigan Christmas Tree Farm Directory.

Download images to view this photo

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

E-Mail: [email protected]

Visit my website at: