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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I hope you and your family are staying safe and doing as well as possible during these difficult times. By practicing safe habits, we can keep our families and friends healthy, and Michigan can fully recover.

Though Michigan is beginning to reopen, many of our residents are still facing significant challenges. Gov. Whitmer continues to have COVID-19 patients placed in nursing homes with non-COVID-19 patients. Other states stopped this reckless policy, and we have asked the governor to partner with us to develop solutions to protect vulnerable seniors. But the governor insists on continuing to make all of the decisions on her own, and on this particular issue, she says that whoever disagrees with her is “playing political games.” Her dangerous policy lacks any common sense and needs to stop, but the governor refuses to listen and just plows ahead with this disastrous decision.

There are thousands of people throughout our state who lost their jobs through no fault of their own and who are still waiting for their unemployment benefits to pay their bills and feed their families. Unfortunately, many of them are still not able to get a response or assistance from the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA). The problem arose because the governor never gave her UIA director a heads up that she was going to issue an order that put nearly 2 million people out of work, which meant the agency had no time to prepare. We recently learned that Quicken Loans, a top-notch customer service and technology company, offered to help the UIA during these unprecedented times, but the governor’s administration turned them down because they thought the situation was handled. Yes, this situation is unprecedented, but providing advanced notice of a dramatic order that was being seriously considered would have allowed more time for capacity expansion. The state of Michigan should be open to help from the private sector, because Michiganders needed help — and many still do.

We will recover because the people of Michigan are hardworking and compassionate, but we need to review the actions of state government during this crisis so we are better prepared if something dramatic like the coronavirus occurs again. It’s a shame the governor took complete control and would not allow the Legislature to partner with her as our state confronted this crisis. I know that if she would have allowed us to work together, and allowed more perspectives on her decisions, we would have produced better results for the people of Michigan.


Aric Nesbitt


Nesbitt supports legislation to allow police, firefighters to use EpiPens

In emergency situations, quick action by first responders can mean the difference between life and death. Michigan firefighters and police officers are permitted to use Narcan to save lives from opioid overdoses, but unfortunately they’re unable to use an EpiPen to help someone experiencing a dangerous allergic reaction.

It doesn’t make any sense, and that’s why Sen. Nesbitt supported legislation to fix it. Senate Bill 418 would create the Law Enforcement and Firefighter Access to Epinephrine Act and allow trained law enforcement officers and firefighters to possess and administer epinephrine to individuals in situations of anaphylactic reactions.

A companion measure would add law enforcement agencies and fire departments as “eligible entities” allowed to obtain prescriptions for and purchase auto-injectable epinephrine devices, commonly referred to as EpiPens, and distribute them to their officers or firefighters.


DNR announces opening dates for campgrounds, harbors and other outdoor spaces

As we move toward reopening our state, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced official opening dates for state park and state forest campgrounds, state harbors and other DNR-managed outdoor spaces. Some of the announced dates include:

Camping at the state’s more than 140 state forest campgrounds and overnight stays in DNR-managed harbors resumes Wednesday, June 10.
Camping, overnight lodging facilities, day-use shelters and sanitation stations in state parks and recreation areas reopen on Monday, June 22.

For more information, click here.


Senate unanimously passes resolution to denounce violent protests

Last week the Senate unanimously adopted Senate Resolution 122, which denounces the violent actions some have taken in response to the tragic death of George Floyd.

Americans are justifiably upset, and Sen. Nesbitt fully supports everyone’s First Amendment right to protest and peacefully assemble. There have been many recent incidents of Michiganders peacefully demonstrating to make their voices heard, and Nesbitt commends those who have participated in these demonstrations, but he believes we cannot allow violence to overcome the positive message that peaceful protestors are trying to display.


Summer Free Fishing Weekend

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Michigan’s Summer Free Fishing Weekend is right around the corner! All fishing license fees are waived for two days on June 13 and 14. Anglers can fish on both inland and Great Lakes’ waters for all species of fish. All fishing regulations still apply.

The DNR is encouraging everyone planning to participate to follow social distancing guidelines and to check the status online of where they are planning to fish before heading out to enjoy Michigan’s great outdoors.

A Recreation Passport will not be required for entry into state parks and recreation areas during Free Fishing Weekend. This special weekend is also a Free ORV Weekend. Find more information, including the status of state parks and recreation areas, at


Nesbitt cautions residents against throwing away federal stimulus checks, mistaking them for junk mail

While many have already received their federal stimulus checks from the Internal Revenue Service, others are still waiting to receive their payment. But some Americans may have unknowingly thrown away their stimulus payments. Recently the U.S. Department of Treasury and the IRS started sending out economic impact payments in regular white envelopes that could be mistaken for junk mail.

Almost 4 million people — including those for whom the agency does not have bank accounts on file — will be getting their stimulus payments in the form of prepaid debit cards. These debit cards come in envelopes that do not bear any federal markings.

To help taxpayers identify the cards, the IRS said cards will arrive in a plain white envelope from “Money Network Cardholder Services” with a return address from Omaha, Nebraska. When you open the envelope, the card will be issued by MetaBank and will include the Visa logo. Additionally, the envelope will include a letter explaining that the enclosed debit card is the Economic Impact Payment Card.

For more information and answers to other frequently asked questions from the IRS, click here.


Be counted, Michigan!

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Once every decade, the U.S. Census works to count every person living in the United States. Every Michigander needs to be counted because census numbers affect our communities and everyone in Michigan — including our seniors, students, kids, parents and businesses.

Responding to the census is quick and easy, and people can respond by mail, phone or online. The census is 100% confidential and secure, and your information will not be shared with anyone. For more information on how the census affects your community, visit


Reminder of graduation requirements flexibility for current year seniors

Michigan students have been using distancing learning with the closure of all public school buildings in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. But as the school year officially comes to a close, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has been receiving a number of questions from parents and educators about ensuring that students receive the appropriate support to graduate during this unique time.

Many schools have already ended coursework for seniors, but the MDE also recognizes that schools and districts will still work with students through the summer to help them obtain the appropriate credits to graduate. Gov. Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-65 provides districts with the flexibility to remove barriers to graduation due to the COVID-19 school closures.

Read the full memo on the flexibility offered under the executive order, or visit for more information.


Michigan's 26th Senate District

The 26th State Senate District includes all of Allegan and Van Buren counties, as well as the city of Kentwood and Gaines Township in Kent County.

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Senator Aric Nesbitt
6100 Connie B. Binsfeld Office Building
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

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