Senator Jim Stamas E-Newsletter

Serving You
Summer is here, and July Fourth is just around the corner. I hope everyone has a safe and fun Independence Day.  Serving the people of the 36th Senate District is very 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 our state forward.

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Michigan Townships’ Legislator of the Year
I was recently honored by the Michigan Townships Association (MTA) with one of its 2019 Legislator of the Year awards, which recognize lawmakers who are instrumental in legislation impacting township government and who work diligently with the townships.

MTA Executive Director Larry Merrill presented the awards to me and Rep. Gary Howell, R-North Branch. He said, “Sen. Stamas and Rep. Howell consistently put good public policy before partisan politics. Both have gone above and beyond to not only listen to township input, but also taking what they’ve heard and using it to shape legislation.”

As a former township trustee who now represents 110 townships in the Senate, it’s an honor to be recognized for supporting the important role our townships play in the daily lives of millions of Michigan families.

I look forward to continuing to work with the Michigan Townships Association and all their members to improve our local communities and the entire state for families, workers and job creators.

New state fireworks laws
Many families enjoy fireworks over the Fourth of July holiday. People should be aware that new laws give local communities a greater ability to regulate the use of fireworks.

Public Acts 634-636 of 2018 allow local governments to reduce the number of days and limit the hours fireworks can be set off. Local officials can restrict the use of consumer fireworks except on the following days after 11 a.m.:

• June 29 to July 4, and July 5 if the date falls on a Friday or Saturday, until 11:45 p.m.
• Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend until 11:45 p.m.
• Dec. 31 until 1 a.m. on Jan. 1.
• Saturday and Sunday immediately preceding Memorial Day until 11:45 p.m.

It’s a good idea to check with local authorities to see when it’s legal to set off fireworks in your community. The governor, state fire marshal, Department of Natural Resources or local fire department officials can ban the use of fireworks in dry or extreme fire conditions. Click here for more information on Michigan’s fireworks law.

Senate approves Szymanski memorial highway bill
Marine Lance Cpl. Steven Szymanski was a 2008 graduate of Midland High School who enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 2013 after earning his associate degree in criminal justice. Tragically, he was killed in 2014 while on duty during a training exercise at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

The Michigan Senate recently approved my legislation to permanently honor him and express our deep appreciation for his service and sacrifice. Senate Bill 280 would designate a portion of U.S. 10 from Jefferson Avenue to Bay City Road in Midland as the “Marine Lance Corporal Steven J. Szymanski Memorial Highway.”

Steven was a dedicated Marine who answered the call to service and made the ultimate sacrifice serving our country. The purpose of creating this memorial highway is to honor the memory of a native soldier who never returned home and remind us all about the true price of freedom.

Steven is survived by his parents, John and Dawn, and sister Ashlie. His parents spoke before the Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in support of the bill, which has been sent to the House of Representatives for consideration. SB 280 would have no fiscal impact on the state or local government.

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Log your state park visit
The Department of Natural Resources recently released a new Stamp & Go Guide to help visitors track their state park and fish hatchery visits.

The 6 inch by 4 inch guide features photos and brief descriptions of each state park and hatchery, maps, kid-friendly activities and more.

Guides are available at most Michigan state parks for $5. Visitors can stop by campground offices or check with park staff to find out where guides are being stamped.

Booklets purchased during 2019 — the state parks centennial year — include a special gold commemorative sticker.

Protect your family from rabies
As of the end of May, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) identified rabies in five bats and two skunks. Health officials recommend the following precautions to protect your family and pets from rabies:

• Avoid contact with wild animals;
• If bitten or scratched by an animal, seek immediate medical attention and alert your local health department;
• If you find a bat in your home, safely confine or collect it and contact your local health department; and
• Vaccinate your pet against rabies.

Last year in Michigan, there were 77 cases of rabies in bats and two in skunks. Find more information at

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Fun ideas for a family summer getaway
The kids are out of school and summer is here. Whether you enjoy warm weather fun on the water, in the woods or at the golf course, Michigan has something for you.

The 2019 Pure Michigan Spring/Summer Travel Guide features lighthouses, tiny towns, national forests and Great Lakes shore experiences as well as craft beer and urban destinations. The publication also includes a seasonal calendar of festival events.

Residents can order a printed guide or download a digital version at


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.

Thank you for subscribing to my electronic newsletter! I am honored to represent you in the 36th Senate District of Michigan. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Please feel free to forward this on to others who may be interested in receiving the 36th District E-news. You may sign up for it also at my website or via Facebook.

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

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