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Dear Friends,

To better serve the people of the 30th Senate District, I am offering this “Week in Review.” 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

Legislative Update:

Calling for U.S.-Canada border to reopen

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The Michigan Senate on Thursday approved my resolution calling on President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to reopen the border between the United States and Canada.

The ongoing bans on travel between the two nations are having a huge effect on our respective economies and on hardworking people throughout Michigan. The bans are hurting our economy by limiting trade and tourism with our closest ally and economic partner. They’re also hurting Michigan families who are currently unable to visit loved ones in Canada. And it’s all completely unnecessary.

Americans who have been vaccinated or have a negative COVID-19 test can travel overseas, but they can’t cross the Detroit River to visit family in Canada. That doesn’t make any sense.

The U.S.-Canadian border has been closed to all non-essential travel since March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic and is scheduled to remain closed until at least July 21.

Senate Resolution 76 says the American Travel Association estimated that the border closure has cost the American economy $340 million per week. Travel restrictions have been estimated to have led to a loss of as many as half a million Canadian jobs.

Shortly after the passage of the resolution, Canada has begun talks about allowing vaccinated individuals to enter the country.

Click here to watch my remarks on this resolution during session.

Citizens’ Initiative Update:

Senate approves Unlock Michigan petition

I was proud to vote yes to Unlock Michigan. Two days after the Board of State Canvassers certified the petition signatures, the Senate voted to pass the measure.

Unlock Michigan is a citizen-led petition drive to repeal the 1945 Emergency Powers of the Governor Act, which allowed a governor to declare a state of emergency and keep it in place without input from the Legislature. The group was formed in the early days of the pandemic in response to the governor’s decision to use unilateral power to impose lockdowns. Last October, the Michigan Supreme Court said Gov. Whitmer’s actions were illegal and declared the 1945 law as unconstitutional. By approving the initiative, we can repeal that law and ensure it will never be abused again to deny the people a say in their government.

The Unlock Michigan petition must now be approved by the House of Representatives. If approved by the House, the 1945 law will be repealed and cannot be vetoed by the governor.

Committee and Legislative Update:

Allowing ORV racing at Silver Lake sand dunes

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After hearing about the reasons for the reform in committee, I supported legislation to allow off road vehicle (ORV) racing activities to continue at designated areas at Silver Lake State Park.

The Silver Lake dunes are the only sand dunes east of the Mississippi River that are open to ORVs, which attracts many visitors from across the country. I have heard from many families in West Michigan who enjoy our state parks and the Silver Lake dunes. Dune racing at Silver Lake has been a huge tourism asset for years, and this measure would allow it to continue for many more.

Silver Lake State Park is an approximately 3,000-acre park along Lake Michigan with about 2,000 acres of sand dunes that can be used for camping and ORV riding. It includes an ORV scramble area where riders can test their equipment.

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently prohibited drag racing at the park’s ORV area after the attorney general determined the drag racing ban in the Michigan Vehicle Code applies to state parks.

House Bill 4980 would amend the Michigan Vehicle Code to exempt drag racing activities at Silver Lake State Park authorized by the DNR from the drag racing prohibition.

You can click here to watch the Senate committee hearing on the bill.

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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