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Senator Dan Lauwers supports COVID-19 protections

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Last week, we sent the governor several COVID-19 protection measures in the wake of a Michigan Supreme Court ruling that struck down her coronavirus-related executive orders.

Following the Supreme Court’s restoration of our constitutional balance of power, we must work together to protect our state and its people during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It is what the people expect and how our system of government is supposed to work.

We recently came together to resolve a historic budget deficit and pass a new balanced budget, and we must build on that partnership to find common ground on critical coronavirus protections.

These important measures will preserve critical unemployment benefits, safeguard seniors in nursing homes, protect local government officials and health care workers, and extend the deadline for people to renew their driver’s licenses and vehicle registrations.

Senate Bills 886 and 911 would continue unemployment benefits for up to 26 weeks for eligible workers out of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. SB 1108 would allow boards of local governments and other public entities to meet electronically for a limited time.

SB 1094 would reduce the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes by implementing recommendations of the Nursing Homes COVID-19 Preparedness Task Force. Among other things, this bill requires the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in consultation with LARA to implement a process to create Care and Recovery Centers within nursing homes for individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19.

House Bill 6159 would provide liability protections for health care providers for services related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and HB 6192 would extend expiration deadlines for Michigan driver’s licenses and vehicle registrations until Dec. 31, 2020.

DNR offers interactive map to find nearby nonmotorized trails

Fall in Michigan is the perfect time to hit the trails and enjoy all that Pure Michigan has to offer! Sometimes you need to hit the trails for a walk to enjoy the fall colors, for a run, a bike ride or for a mental or physical reset. However Michigan’s trails call to you, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wants to make it easy to find the perfect trail escapes all over the state.

With more than 4,600 miles of state-managed nonmotorized trails, there are plenty of opportunities for horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, cross-country skiing, and other exploring. Next time you’re looking to lace up your shoes, check out the DNR’s interactive map of nonmotorized trails.

With the interactive map, you can search for a trail by name or location, find campgrounds and other amenities, see satellite imagery, and more. To learn more about the interactive map or all DNR-managed trail resources, visit

Hunting safety reminder

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As fall hunting season takes center stage, it’s time to focus on hunter safety. Many people don’t realize that the majority of deer hunting injuries and deaths involve tree stand falls.

The DNR encourages extra precautions when hunting from a tree stand. Find general safety reminders and safety tips on tree stands, firearm use and hunter orange at Check the 2020 Michigan Hunting Digest for the rules and regulations on hunting from raised platforms and tree stands.

MiSTEM Network and U.S. Math Recovery Council offers free resources

As educators and parents continue to navigate the challenges of online or hybrid learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the MiSTEM Network in collaboration with the U.S. Math Recovery Council is providing access to free resources designed to support PK-5 students, parents, teachers and professional learning facilitators.

Math Recovery empowers educators to use diagnostic assessments and learning trajectories to implement effective teaching and learning of mathematics in elementary grades. To learn more about these resources and how they can help you, visit

COVID-19 resources

While the coronavirus pandemic is improving, it is certainly not over. 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.

General information, resources, testing locations and more on Michigan’s response

Coronavirus hotline for health-related questions, available every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(888) 535-6136

Michigan PEER Warmline, for mental health support and substance abuse challenges, available every day from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
(888) 733-7753

National suicide prevention lifeline, available 24/7
(800) 273-8255
Text TALK to 741741

Small business resources
(888) 522-0103

Office of State Senator Dan Lauwers

Michigan's 25th Senate District

The 25th state Senate District includes the following areas:

Huron, St. Clair, and Sanilac counties, and Armada Township, Memphis, New Baltimore, Richmond, Richmond Township in Macomb County

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Senator Dan Lauwers
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P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

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