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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Welcome to the most recent edition of my monthly e-newsletter. Thank you for allowing me to represent you in the Michigan Senate. I am grateful each and every day to work for the people of the 33rd Senate District.

Updates on other recent news can be found below!


Rick Outman
State Senator
33rd District


Outman to host August office hours

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I will be hosting office hours with constituents throughout the 33rd Senate District on Friday, Aug. 13.

I will be available to answer questions and provide information and assistance, as well as take suggestions on issues affecting communities and businesses in the district.

Please feel free to stop in! No appointment is necessary.

If you are unable to make my office hours, you can always contact my office with any issues or questions you may have with state government.

Friday, Aug. 13
11 a.m. – noon.
Mid-Michigan Industries
1395 N. McEwan St.

1 – 2 p.m.
Mid-Michigan Industries
2426 Parkway Drive
Mt. Pleasant


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. I voted yes!

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 use unilateral power to impose lockdowns. Last October, the Michigan Supreme Court said Gov. Whitmer’s actions were illegal and declared the 1945 law as unconstitutional. By approving the initiative, we can repeal that law and ensure it will never be abused again to deny the people a say in their government.

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


Senate passes MI Safe Drive plan

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The Michigan Senate recently 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.

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.


Federal relief funding for hospitals, public safety, signed into law

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently signed into law a funding measure that uses federal and state resources to provide relief to hospitals and communities affected by flooding, while also dedicating funds to childcare programs and public safety.

Senate Bill 27, which I supported, outlines nearly $385 million in spending, most of which comes from the federal government. Included is $160 million to help hospitals cover increased costs and reduced revenue resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic; $100 million for long-term care facilities; $105 million to increase reimbursement rates for childcare programs; and funds to clean up recent flood damage.

It also includes a boost to the Secondary Road Patrol Program, which allows county sheriffs to assist local departments by patrolling less-traveled roads and is a program that has been especially helpful in the rural communities of the 33rd District.

I’ve spoken to officers from local departments and they’ve said these extra patrols have helped take a major load off of their departments, allowing them to use resources elsewhere in the community.

This program has proven to be successful and has done a great job getting additional first responders out on the streets to keep everyone safe!


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.

Outings with Outman


Kids’ Food Basket tour

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This past month I had the opportunity to tour Kids’ Food Basket in Grand Rapids.

Each day, they pack and deliver thousands of nutritious meals to families and children in West Michigan. Kids’ Food Basket even has their own farm where they plant and harvest fresh vegetables to include with the meals. They also teach young people how to grow their own food, and educate them about the importance of eating right.

Thank you to Kids’ Food Basket for making such a positive impact on so many families in West Michigan and inviting me for a behind-the-scenes tour!


Outman participates in legislative panel

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As chair of the Department of Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee, I often have opportunities to participate in health care-related discussions.

It was an honor to be a part of the legislative panel at the Michigan Association of Health Plans conference in Traverse City last month!


Our District

The 33rd state Senate District includes Clare, Gratiot, Isabella, Mecosta, and Montcalm Counties.

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Senator Rick Outman
4400 Connie B. Binsfeld Office Building
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

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