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Senate recognizes the role of wildlife management

Millions of residents and visitors enjoy Michigan’s abundant wildlife and natural beauty. Science-based wildlife management and conservation practices help balance our use of natural resources with the needs of Michigan’s wildlife.

As a result of these efforts, Michigan populations of elk, wild turkey, white-tailed deer, lake sturgeon and many other species have rebounded from near extinction. Many people don’t realize that hunters and anglers — among the first conservationists — provide funding for wildlife management projects across the country through the purchase of hunting and fishing equipment. In fact, hunting and fishing licenses, not state taxes, provide tens of millions of dollars each year for wildlife conservation.

Along with funding wildlife management efforts, the Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) estimates that hunters and anglers contribute $11.2 billion to the state’s economy each year and create more than 170,000 jobs. This economic impact benefits families, businesses and local communities across Michigan.

Michigan motorists buckle up!

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Michigan’s seat belt use rate increased slightly higher this year to 94.4% according to a study conducted by Michigan State University. While below the state’s all-time use record of nearly 98% in 2009, Michigan’s current use rate is the highest it’s been since 2016. Every 1% increase in seat belt use translates to an estimated 10 fewer traffic deaths and 100 fewer serious injuries.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports the nationwide seat belt use rate was 89.6% in 2018.

West Nile virus update

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Although no human cases of West Nile virus have been detected so far this summer in Michigan, several birds and mosquito pools have tested positive for the infection. West Nile is transmitted to people, horses and other animals through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus. Outbreaks of West Nile virus have occurred every summer in Michigan since 2002.

While most people who become infected will not develop clinical symptoms of illness or will have a mild illness with fever, a small number of people may become more severely ill. In 2018, there were 104 serious illnesses and nine deaths related to West Nile virus in the state. For more information, including signs and symptoms, treatment and prevention, visit The site also features a weekly summary of West Nile virus activity in the state.

Victory announces August office hours

As your state senator, I am committed to maintaining open communication by holding monthly office hours throughout the distirct.

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

Please feel free to stop in. No appointment is necessary. If you would like to attend, but are unable to make any of the following dates, you can always check my website for next month’s office hours at, or feel free to call my office at 517-373-6920.

Friday, Aug. 16, 2019
9:15 - 10:15 a.m.
Pine Street Café
401 Pine St.
Ferrysburg, MI 49409

Saturday, August 17
8 - 9 a.m.
Sprinkles Donut Shop
6450 28th Ave.
Hudsonville, MI 49426

Monday, Aug. 19, 2019
9 - 10 a.m.
De Boer's Bakery
380 West 16th St.
Holland, MI 49423

Monday, Aug. 26, 2019
9 - 10 a.m.
Murphy's Family Restaurant
4963 Lake Michigan Dr.
Allendale, MI 49401

Michigan's 30th Senate District

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

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Thank you for subscribing to my electronic newsletter! I am honored to represent you in the state Senate. 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 30th District E-news. You may sign up for it also at my website.

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

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