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Dear Friends,

To better serve the people of the 30th Senate District, I will now offer this “Week in Review” that I will be sending out every week. I hope you will find it informative about what is happening in Lansing.

I encourage you to contact me with any state issue. You may call 517-373-6920 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.

Working for you,
Roger Victory
State Senator

Session Highlight:

Gave the Senate invocation

On Tuesday, I had the honor of giving the Senate invocation to start the session day. As always, I am truly blessed to be alive, live in West Michigan, have a loving family, and be able to serve the good people of Ottawa County as your state senator.

You can watch my invocation remarks by clicking here or on the image below.

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Committee Update:

Two hearings on police improvement bills

The Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee held two hearings on the 12-bill bipartisan police improvement package. Most of these proposals are based on best practices already found in a number of our local law enforcement agencies. The goal is to put these proven practices into law, provide uniformity and clarity across Michigan, while providing locals the flexibility required to meet the unique needs of their communities.

On Tuesday, we heard from Attorney General Dana Nessel and officials with the Michigan Association of Police Chiefs.

Nessel said the package would go a long way in restoring public trust and ensuring departments have the highest quality officers possible. She began her testimony by saying, “I wholly reject the notion of defunding the police. I think it’s the worst idea I’ve ever heard. I think that if you want the best police officers patrolling our streets as possible - you pay them, you pay them well, you give them good benefits and you give them the best possible training and equipment possible.”

Officials with the Michigan Association of Police Chiefs testified that several of the bills could be acceptable if certain clarifying language and improvements were made, such as providing additional clarification regarding MCOLES’ duties and responsibilities in SB 473. They were also concerned about available funding for many of the improvements, such as sending officers to additional training while maintaining a full force in the community.

Click here to watch Tuesday’s committee hearing.

We held a second hearing on the bills Thursday morning, which mainly focused on access to mental health

Former Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee highlighted improving mental health care access while discussing SB 482, which would require MCOLES to develop implicit bias, de-escalation and behavioral health training for officers and require ongoing training.

He suggested having departments allow for annual or biannual psychological debriefing of officers, noting that mental health was critical in ensuring officers are operating effectively. He said that addressing mental health issues while removing the stigma would be beneficial for everyone.

Click here to watch the Thursday morning committee hearing.

Press conference on elder abuse bills

On Thursday morning, I also participated in a press conference at the state Capitol with Attorney General Dana Nessel and a bipartisan group of lawmakers to announce legislation designed to help prevent elder abuse by bad actors appointed as guardians or conservators for our seniors.

One of the most important roles we have in our society and in state government is to protect our most vulnerable citizens from harm — emotionally, physically and financially.

As the chairman of the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee, I look forward to working with the attorney general and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle on this common goal of ensuring the best interests of our seniors is always the top priority.

The legislation — Senate Bills 503-506 and House Bills 4847-4850 — is the culmination of more than two years of work by the Elder Abuse Task Force, which included members of the state Supreme Court, the governor’s office, county prosecutors, state and federal lawmakers, advocacy groups and 13 people from the attorney general’s office.

To see my remarks at the press conference, click here or on the image below.

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Committee hearing on guardianship bills

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On Thursday evening, I led a Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee hearing in Oakland County on bills to help prevent elder abuse by bad actors appointed as guardians or conservators for our seniors.

Kerri Kasem, founder and president of the Kasem Cares Foundation, was our featured speaker on the guardian and conservator reform measures. She is the daughter of the late Casey Kasem, a Michigan native and legendary radio host of the American Top 40 countdown. Kasem was denied access to her father until winning a legal battle to become his conservator shortly before his death in 2014. She feels his death could have been prevented if stronger protections were in place to allow her to be involved in his care sooner.

“When it’s Casey Kasem, Britney Spears, Glen Campbell or Mickey Rooney it makes headlines, but I want people to know that these abuses are happening every day to thousands of families across our country,” Kasem said. “That is why I started the Kasem Cares Foundation to help protect vulnerable individuals who are often cut off from loved ones, isolated and abused. I applaud Michigan for taking up this important legislation.”

Among other reforms, the bills would require judges to explain the specific reasons for appointing a professional guardian rather than a family member when doing so. Professional guardians would also be required to be certified, and there would be limits placed on the maximum number of individuals that can be placed under the care of a single professional guardian or conservator.

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.

• Information on the COVID-19 vaccines:
• General information, resources, testing locations and more:
• 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 30th Senate District

The 30th State Senate District includes all of Ottawa County.

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Senator Roger Victory
4100 Connie B. Binsfeld Office Building
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

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