Download graphics to view this image

Providing COVID-19-ravaged businesses relief from license fees

Download images to view this photo

Michigan businesses with liquor licenses would not have to pay on-premises liquor license fees this year and an on-premises spirits discount would be increased and extended under legislation I sponsored. It was approved by the state Senate on Wednesday.

Specifically, Senate Bill 230 would waive Michigan Liquor Control Commission license fees for on-premises liquor license holders this year. would also extend the current spirits discount from the state for on-premises licensees to Dec. 31, 2023 as well as increase the discount to 23%.

Michigan’s bars and restaurants were hit hard by the state’s crushing response to the coronavirus. Through no fault of their own, most establishments spent most of the past year closed and their staff out of work. It doesn’t make any sense to further punish bars and restaurants with liquor license fees they can’t afford because they weren’t allowed to conduct business. This bill provides them needed relief at a time when they’re just getting back on their feet.

It is morally wrong for the state to charge someone a fee for a privilege that they are then prohibited to utilize. I find it repugnant and we should have given them their money back months ago. The state took in more revenue from alcohol sales last year than any time in history, more than 20 percent more revenue. We need to provide these businesses with relief from what was basically stolen from them last year while the state benefited from increased sales.

Video of my floor remarks is available on my website at SB 230 now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Honoring former Sen. Tom Casperson, staffer Frank Egeler

Most of you know that we lost former Sen. Tom Casperson last year to cancer after a valiant battle. Tom was my mentor, friend and brother in Christ.

Last year we also lost long time legislative staffer Frank Egeler after a lengthy battle with diabetes. Frank dedicated his life to serving our part of the state and his loving family. He was more than an employee, but a trusted friend and political confidant.

I miss my dear friends every day.

This week we honored the memory of these men with adoption of Senate Concurrent Resolution 15 for Sen. Casperson and a Special Tribute for Frank. And on Thursday, senators, staff and friends gathered for a small memorial in Lansing. You can see video from the event on my website at

Download images to view this photo

Senate adopts resolution supporting mining industry

This week, the Senate adopted my resolution to express support for mining and the mining industry and encourage the governor, state agencies, local governments, members of the public, and labor organizations to support mining by taking certain actions.

Mining has a long, storied and important history in the U.P., and it continues to be an important piece of Michigan's economy and economic future. Within the United States, Michigan remains a leading producer of gravel, sand, limestone, cement, salt, nickel, and iron ore. Mineral resources in the Upper Peninsula, including gold, silver, and zinc, are attracting new interest from a number of national and international companies. An able-bodied workforce is ready and willing to renew the proud heritage of mining in Michigan.

Mining supports local communities and people, often in areas that are in dire need of economic opportunity. Mining companies investing in Michigan create well-paying jobs and give back to their communities. Indeed, a robust mining industry remains an essential part of our goal of achieving a strong, diverse and resilient economy — providing jobs, attracting investments, generating tax revenue for state and local economies, and helping ensure opportunity and a bright future for all Michiganders.

I encourage you to read the resolution in its entirety at the link above and share with others.

Additional circuit court judge needed in Marquette County

Legislation I introduced in the Senate and also introduced in the House of Representatives earlier in April would restore a second seat to the 25th Circuit Court in Marquette County.

The county is currently served by only one circuit court judge, after a second position was eliminated in 2017.

It is past time that the busiest court in the Upper Peninsula have more than one judge to oversee the increasing number of legal cases in the county. There simply is not enough time or resources for one person to manage such an immense workload. Restoring this position will also allow us to work with the Veterans Affairs personnel to create a Veterans and Mental Health Court in Marquette County.

The bills have received strong local support from the legal community and has received letters from numerous officials backing the legislation, including 25th Circuit Court Judge Jennifer Mazzuchi; 96th District Court Judges Karl Weber and Roger Kangas; Marquette County Probate Court Judge Cheryl Hill; Marquette County Board of Commissioners; Marquette County Prosecuting Attorney Matthew Wiese; Marquette County Department of Veterans Affairs; and Marquette Public Defender Patrick Crowley.

Senate Bill 356 was referred to the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee for consideration.

Discussing Oversight Committee findings on elections

Over the last four months, the Senate Oversight Committee, which I serve as chairman, has conducted a series of hearings to investigate the reports of wrongdoing in the 2020 election. I recently gave a series of interviews detailing the findings of the committee’s review of the 2020 election and Michigan’s elections process.

The first interview covers what we learned from the hearings on a number of areas in our system that do require reform. However, it is important to note up front that the committee did not find and does not believe there was widespread fraud. Having said that, through the course of the hearings process, it became clear that some Michigan election laws are outdated and need to be brought up to date.

I also gave interviews on the committee’s actions to Lansing-based WILX, UP TV, and Detroit’s WJR radio. Links to those interviews are below.

Download images to view this photo

Sen. McBroom joins WILX and UP TV to discuss election reforms

Senator Ed McBroom joins WILX and UP TV to discuss proposed election reforms on April 21, 2021.

Sen. McBroom talks election reforms on the Guy Gordon Show

Senator Ed McBroom discusses the proposed Michigan election reforms on the Guy Gordon Show on 760 AM WJR Detroit on April 14, 2021.

Website available to help residents navigate new Clean Slate laws

Last year the Michigan Legislature passed legislation identified as the Clean Slate bills, aimed at establishing an automated process for record sealing and expungement for those convicted of certain low-level nonviolent and nonsexual offenses who haven’t committed a crime for at least seven years.

The attorney general recently announced a new webpage devoted to informing Michigan residents of the state’s new expungement laws, when they go into effect, the eligibility requirements, forms and downloadable checklists.

As of April 11, a person convicted of one or more misdemeanor or local ordinance marijuana crimes may petition the convicting court to set aside the convictions if they were based on activity that would not have been a crime after Dec. 6, 2018 — when a 2018 voter-passed initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in Michigan went into effect. By visiting the webpage, Michiganders can access the filing and service requirements, a checklist specifically designated for misdemeanor marijuana offenses, and frequently asked questions.

Also, as of April 11, a person convicted of one or more criminal offenses, including felonies (but not more than a total of three felonies), may petition the convicting court to set aside the convictions. By visiting the webpage, Michiganders can access the filing and service requirements and a checklist specifically designed for this part of the expungement law. The attorney general has also established the email address [email protected] devoted to answering questions on the new expungement laws.

Call 811 before digging

Spring is the season for tree planting, outdoor projects and more.

The Michigan Public Service Commission reminds homeowners to call 811 before starting an outdoor digging project. Trained workers from local utilities will mark the approximate locations of underground gas, electric, communications, water or sewer lines so people can dig around them to keep buried utility lines safe. More information is available at

Michigan's 38th Senate District

The 38th State Senate District includes the counties of Alger, Baraga, Delta, Dickinson, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw, Marquette, Menominee, Ontonagon, and Schoolcraft in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula.

Download images to view this photo

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 38th District E-news. You may sign up for it also at my website.

Senator Ed McBroom
7200 Connie B. Binsfeld Office Building
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

Visit my website at: