Saginaw County Visitors at the Capitol
At the beginning of October, I had the honor of welcoming Lavern Spolarich to the Capitol. Lavern is a former commander of the American Legion Post 212 out of Chesaning and also the 8th District Judge Advocate for the American Legion Department of Michigan. Lavern was in Lansing to attend an event honoring veterans of the Vietnam War era on the Capitol lawn. Members of the American Legion Post 229 from Blumfield Township in Saginaw County also attended.
Later in the month, I also had to pleasure of hosting Ruth Ann Reinert at the Capitol to celebrate her 50 years of service as a librarian in Saginaw County. Ruth Ann currently serves as the Head of Circulation Acquisition and Technological Services at Hoyt Library. She was joined by several friends and colleagues including Judy Keller Zehnder from my hometown of Frankenmuth. I also declared it Hug a Librarian day in Saginaw County. October office hours in Fenton Township
My upcoming office hours will be held Friday, October 23rd from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. in the first floor conference room at the Fenton Township Office, 12060 Mantawauka Drive, Fenton, MI 48430
. I'll be there to answer questions and respond to concerns any residents of the district may have. No appointment is necessary. I look forward to seeing you! Governor signs new law to allow electronic proof of auto insurance
If you've ever forgotten to put your paper certificate of auto insurance in your car or couldn't find it in the glove compartment, a new law will help you rest easier.
Public Act 135 of 2015 allows motorists to show law enforcement an electronic copy of their proof of insurance on their cell phone or other mobile device. The new law will help properly insured drivers avoid no proof of insurance fines if they didn't put the certificate in their vehicle or it didn't arrive in the mail yet.
Michigan now joins 37 other states that permit motorists to use technology and verify their insurance electronically during a traffic stop. Senate bill increases fines for selling tobacco to kids
The numbers are stark: nearly 9 out of 10 adults who smoke daily started smoking by the age of 18.
I recently supported legislation that would increase the penalties for selling or providing tobacco to minors and for minors who attempt to buy tobacco products. The current fines have not been raised in more than 20 years.
According to the U.S. Surgeon General, more than 1,200 people in the United States die each day due to smoking. More stringent penalties will help discourage the illegal sale of tobacco to minors and deter young people from using this product. Senate Bill 340 has been sent to the House for consideration. Senate passes "Good Samaritan" bill
Someone who steps in to help a victim during an emergency situation shouldn't be worried about potential liability.
Earlier this month, I voted in favor of a bill that extends the protections of immunity to licensed EMS providers or first responders identical to those given to other off-duty licensed health professionals responding to medical emergencies. Senate Bill 427 has been referred to the House Committee on Criminal Justice. Michigan apples are a fall tradition!
Apples are one of nature's perfect foods - nutritious and delicious!
As the third-largest apple-producing state in the nation, there's no better place than Michigan to find this fresh and tasty fruit. Visit www.michiganfarmfun.com
to find a nearby farmers market or U-pick farm, or check your local store for Michigan apples. Don't veer for deer!
October and November are two of the most dangerous months for deer-vehicle crashes. According to the Michigan Deer Crash Coalition, many accidents and fatalities occur when drivers swerve to avoid the deer.
The safety group offers the following tips:
- Always wear your safety belt;
- Stay alert, especially at dawn and dusk;
- If you see one deer, slow down as deer often travel in groups; and
- If a crash is unavoidable, don't swerve, brake firmly, hold onto the steering wheel, stay in your lane and bring your car to a controlled stop.
Find more safety tips and information at www.MichiganDeerCrash.com