Senator Jim Stamas E-Newsletter

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Serving the people of the 36th Senate District is important to me, and I encourage you to contact me with any state issues. You may call toll-free at 1-855-347-8036 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 Michigan forward.

Updated COVID-19 figures
On Monday, state health officials reported 576 new cases of COVID-19 and 77 additional deaths, which bring the state’s total number of positive cases to 32,000 and total number of deaths to 2,468. In the 36th Senate District, there have been 182 cases and 14 deaths. On Saturday, the state also announced that 3,237 people have officially recovered from the virus. This information and more is available at

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‘Open Michigan Safely’ proposal
Senate Republicans recently unveiled a new proposal designed to help Michigan workers return to their jobs safely and put the state’s economy back on track.

I was frustrated that the governor didn’t listen to the people when she extended her stay-at-home order and instead made the situation worse for many Michigan families and small business owners. The coronavirus is a serious health issue, and we need to be taking serious steps to fight it. However, those steps should also be responsible and should address both the public emergency and its impact on people’s lives and ability to support their families.

There are many workers in our state who could safely return to work with proper safety measures but are currently being forced to stay home. This proposal outlines a strategic and phased-in approach to opening our state safely.

The “Open Michigan Safely” proposal relies on measurable data points to serve as indicators of decreased risk. The proposal is structured in five phases that outline conditions in the state, suggest safe business operations, and propose guarded levels of public activity. The phases consider testing capability, hospital capacity, availability of personal protection equipment, and a vaccine or similar medical breakthrough to combat COVID-19.

You can read more about the proposal at

COVID-19 news
Below are releases from the governor executive orders extending her previous orders to suspend evictions and enhance restrictions on price gouging and on a new ‘Stay Home, Stay MIndful’ website with free mental health resources.

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Governor Whitmer Extends Executive Orders Temporarily Suspending Evictions & Imposing Restrictions on Price Gouging

LANSING, Mich. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-54 and 2020-53 to extend her previous orders to suspend evictions and enhance restrictions on price gouging.

Executive Order 2020-54 continues to allow tenants and mobile home owners to remain in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic even if they are unable to stay current on their rent.

To ensure front line workers and Michiganders have access to all necessary products during the COVID-19 pandemic, Executive Order 2020-53 extends the restrictions on excessive pricing of goods, materials, emergency supplies, and consumer food items. READ MORE

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Governor Whitmer and Headspace Launch ‘Stay Home, Stay MIndful’ website to Offer Free Mental Health Resources During COVID-19 Pandemic

The website offers meditation and mindfulness content curated for Michiganders at no cost

LANSING, Mich. – Friday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the “Stay Home, Stay Mindful” website in partnership with Headspace, a global leader in mindfulness and meditation, and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to provide a new mental health resource for Michiganders to access for free during the COVID-19 pandemic facing both the state and nation.

Starting April 17, Michiganders across the state can access a specially-curated collection of science-backed, evidence-based guided meditations, along with at-home workouts that guide people through mindful exercises, sleep and kids content to help address rising stress and anxiety. Available at an internet connection is the only thing that is needed to access these tools to while you stay home and stay safe. READ MORE


Senate District 36 Map

The 36th Senate District is made up of 10 counties, which includes: Presque Isle, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Oscoda, Alcona, Iosco, Arenac, Gladwin and Midland counties.

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Senator Jim Stamas
100 N. Capitol Ave., Room S-324.
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

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