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Dear Friends,

To better serve the people of the 30th Senate District, I will now offer this “Week in Review” that I will be sending out every Monday. I hope you will find it informative about what is happening in Lansing.

I encourage you to contact me with any state issue. You may call 517-373-6920 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.

Working for you,
Roger Victory
State Senator

Hometown Highlights:

Spoke on behalf of Visser Farms

On Tuesday, I spoke up for a local farmer during a Holland Township Planning Commission meeting, in which the panel decided to explore an overlay district specifying areas where farm stands should be allowed – but fell short of following the Right to Farm Act.

Under recent state changes, farm stands can operate on any township land not subdivided into lots or considered a condominium site.

I understand the situation with the township and what they’re attempting to do to make sure we have strong, descriptive language that ensures when we have a farm stand, it lives up to the standard of the community.

I see this as an opportunity to get it right by providing a great experience for the community. I appreciate the work the township is doing on this issue to make sure it’s done right, but the continued delay of approving something that is protected by the Right to Farm Act is deeply concerning. This is something supported by the community, and the township should be acting more decisively to fully approve it. Their denial by delay tactic is disturbing and not the way we should be operating in Ottawa County.

District office hours

This morning and last Thursday, I held two more in-person office hours to meet with the good people of Ottawa County about state issues and talk with them about their priorities. The Thursday meeting was held with Rep. Bradley Slagh at the BAM! Entertainment Center in Holland, and today’s meeting was an outdoor office hour at William Hatton Park in Grand Haven.

We’ve had a great response to these office hours in the past, and I look forward to holding them each month throughout the district. Please stay tuned to these weekly updates for the next set of office hours. If you were unable to attend any of the office hours this month and need assistance, click here to contact my office.

Committee Update:

Testimony in Judiciary committee

The Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee heard testimony on bills to allow someone to set aside one conviction of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and to remove the current sunset of the 0.08g/100ml breath alcohol limit. You can click here to watch the committee hearing.

In 2003, Michigan reduced the legal blood alcohol limit for drunk driving from 0.10 to 0.08. The law includes an Oct. 1, 2021 sunset. If the sunset is not eliminated or extended by that date, the legal limit will automatically increase to 0.10 – endangering Michigan drivers and jeopardizing a large portion of our federal transportation funding.

Last term, the Legislature passed a package of bills allowing more people to set-aside (or expunge) certain convictions – but the governor didn’t sign one dealing with operating a vehicle while intoxicated. The new bills are another attempt at upholding the seriousness of drunk driving while allowing someone who made a mistake (and didn’t hurt anyone) to move on with their life.

Legislative Update:

Affordable housing bills introduced

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On Thursday, I introduced legislation to help address the shortage of affordable housing in West Michigan and spoke at a press conference announcing the measures.

We see stories every day about how high the costs of homes have gotten, and it has made the dream of owning a home unattainable for many Michigan residents.

In West Michigan, wages have increased by nearly 6% since 2015, but the average price of a home has increased by 60% over that same time. This has created significant issues for many of our hardworking families and also for local employers trying to attract talent.

This bipartisan package is an effort to enlist businesses in addressing this problem, help us double our investment in affordable housing and ensure it goes where it’s needed most.

Under Senate Bills 360 and 361, businesses would be able to receive a 50% income tax credit for any investment in a qualified affordable housing project as approved by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, which would determine eligibility for the credits.

Qualified projects would need to support individuals under 120% of the area median income and include investment in a local impact housing trust fund, down payment assistance, reduced-interest mortgages, mortgage guarantee programs, rental subsidies, individual development account savings plans or other similar projects approved by MSHDA.

My measures are two of five bills in the package already introduced, with at least four more bills expected to be introduced later. SBs 362-364 would address certain residential rehabilitation projects, create advisory committees for certain building codes and expand incentives for use of neighborhood enterprise zones.

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.

• Information on the COVID-19 vaccines:
• 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.

Michigan's 30th Senate District

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

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

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