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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

With the election now over, some are rejoicing, and some are very disappointed about the results. One thing is clear, our elections process is not perfect. There are a lot of people out there saying there is fraud.

The Legislature has an obligation to review concerns raised by our constituents about the possibility of election fraud. The integrity of our elections should be a priority for every citizen and is the responsibility of every legislator. There’s a lot of consternation over this election and a lot of accusations of corruption. While I don’t know if that is the case, I do know we have to have confidence in our elections process.

There was a joint Senate and House oversight committee hearing in Lansing Saturday to look into the continuous accusations and work to ensure the integrity of our elections. We owe it to residents to make sure all situations are reviewed. The Senate Oversight Committee used its subpoena authority to ensure compliance with requests for records from the secretary of state regarding the elections process.

Voting is the foundation of our system of government, and people need to have confidence in the results and that their elections are being conducted fairly and honestly. Election security is not a partisan issue. The people of Michigan deserve to know their ballots are secure and accurately counted and that our state’s voting system is held to the highest standard.


Rick Outman
State Senator
33rd District


Michigan Supreme Court upholds constitutional separation of powers

Last month, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that Gov. Whitmer’s continued state of emergency violated state law and the separation of powers prescribed by the Michigan Constitution.

The high court ruled unanimously that the governor lacked authority under the Emergency Management Act of 1976 to continue a state of emergency or disaster beyond April 30. A majority of justices also held that the Emergency Powers of the Governor Act of 1945, which allows an indefinite state of emergency without legislative approval, is unconstitutional because it infringes on the stipulation that the lawmaking power be vested in the Legislature, not the governor.

This Supreme Court decision affirmed a core tenet of the Michigan Constitution: Our state is governed by laws, duly enacted by the people’s representatives in the Legislature. The legislative power is vested in a body of lawmakers for a reason. Each senator and representative brings to the table their own perspective and the unique needs of their respective constituents. In this way, the diverse viewpoints and interests of the people of our state are fully considered.

Our high court unequivocally upheld our system of constitutional governance in its decision. The judiciary has preserved the important separation of legislative and executive powers, reiterating a principle that countless Michiganders have been emphasizing for months. This ruling properly leaves to the Legislature, in cooperation with the governor, the responsibility of addressing the challenges facing our state.

Most importantly, it is up to the people of Michigan to follow best practices to keep our state safe and healthy, and I encourage everyone to continue taking precautions to keep yourselves and others safe by following health recommendations. I believe residents can be trusted to make responsible decisions to keep our communities healthy.


Firearm deer season opens Nov. 15

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Hunting is a valued way of life in Michigan. Hunters play an important role in wildlife conservation and management while contributing more than $9 billion to the state’s economy and supporting 35,000 direct jobs.

More than 90% of hunters purchase a deer license. Last year, nearly 560,000 deer hunters harvested about 364,000 deer. Good luck, hunters, and stay safe!

Hunting digests, including the 2020 hunting digest from the Department of Natural Resources — with all current state rules and regulations — can be found at On the site, you can also learn about all other hunting seasons and how to get a license.


Grants now available for eligible teachers, support staff

Our teachers and support staff have gone above and beyond this year to ensure Michigan students get the education they deserve while we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s why I supported the Teacher and Support Staff COVID-19 grant programs to support our school employees as they continue to navigate teaching during these challenging times.

Under the programs, eligible Michigan teachers who worked additional time and incurred additional costs during the 2019-2020 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic can receive a grant of up to $500 and staff can receive up to $250.

The Teacher COVID-19 Grant Program recognizes the additional time and additional costs classroom teachers in a school district or nonprofit nonpublic school spent to ensure learning continued when in-person instruction was suspended in the spring.

The Support Staff COVID-19 Grant Program recognizes the additional time eligible K-12 support staff spent outside of normal working hours, hazardous conditions encountered and additional costs incurred to provide services to students when in-person instruction was suspended in the spring.

Grant funding checks are anticipated to be sent directly from the state Department of Treasury to teachers and support staff in February 2021. For more information about the grant programs, visit


Protect yourself and your loved ones this flu season – get your flu shot!

U.S. health officials are urging Americans to get their flu shot this year in the hopes of preventing a winter “twindemic” – a situation in which both influenza and COVID-19 spread and sicken the public. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that everyone six months and older should get a flu vaccine, with rare exceptions.

Flu shots are quick, easy and offered free at many pharmacies, with or without insurance. Additionally, due to COVID-19 concerns, several places are offering drive-through flu shots this year.

To find a provider closest to you, visit the CDC’s Flu Vaccine Finder website and type in your ZIP code, or call your primary health care provider to set up an appointment. For more information on how to protect yourself this flu season, visit


Electric lineworker apprenticeships for military veterans

Consumers Energy is recruiting military veterans with experience working with electricity to join its new Basic Electric Lineworker Apprentice program — earning up to $35 per hour following 10 days of free training.

Military veterans with documented electrical experience are encouraged to get more information and register for the Electric Lines Boot Camp at


COVID-19 resources

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:
• Coronavirus hotline for health-related questions: 1-888-535-6136 daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: 1-800-232-4636 or
• Michigan PEER Warmline for mental health support and substance abuse challenges: 1-888-733-7753 every day from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
• National suicide prevention lifeline available 24/7: Call 1-800-273-8255, text TALK to 741741 or visit
• Small business resources: or 1-888-522-0103.


Our District

The 33rd state Senate District includes Clare, Gratiot, Isabella, Mecosta, and Montcalm Counties.

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Senator Rick Outman
4400 Connie B. Binsfeld Office Building
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

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