Senator Wayne Schmidt

 
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Schmidt to host October coffee hours
Sen. Wayne Schmidt
Since being elected to represent the 37th District in the state Senate, I have remained committed to holding office hours in various communities throughout Northwest Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. 

I will be available to answer questions, provide information and assistance, and take suggestions on issues affecting communities and businesses in the district.

Please feel free to stop in. No appointment is necessary.

For more information, please contact my office at SenatorWayneSchmidt.comor call 517-373-2413.

October coffee hours are as follows:

Monday, Oct. 15
11 a.m. – noon
Bentley’s B-M-L Cafe
62 N. State St.
St. Ignace

Monday, Oct. 15
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
McDonald’s Restaurant
13921 State Highway M-28
Newberry

Monday, Oct. 15
4 – 5 p.m.
Cup of the Day
406 Ashmun St.
Sault Ste. Marie

Friday, Oct. 19
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. 
State Street Coffee Company
211 W. State St.
Cheboygan

Friday, Oct. 19
5 – 6 p.m.
Cafe Sante
1 Water St.
Boyne City

Schmidt supports Blue Star Families license plate bill
Our service members make many sacrifices in service to our country. Many times, their families do as well.

I recently supported Senate legislation to create a special license plate recognizing families of active duty military. Senate Bill 821 would create a Blue Star Families license plate available to individuals currently serving in the U.S. armed forces and their immediate family members. The plate would show the Blue Star Families insignia and “Blue Star Family” beneath the registration number, allowing families to share their pride in their enlisted service member. The bill has been sent to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

A Gold Star Family license plate available to the immediate family of a service member who has died in the line of duty is among current special recognition plates offered by the secretary of state.

Schmidt backs bills to protect judges, law enforcement
Law enforcement and judges who uphold the law must be able to do their jobs without threats or intimidation.

There have been reports about an increasing amount of intimidation and harassment directed at judges and officers, especially on social media. I recently voted in support of Senate legislation to protect public officials from threats intended to interfere with the legal process. Senate Bills 973 and 974 have been sent to the House for consideration.

New unclaimed property website
The Michigan Department of Treasury has millions of dollars in lost or forgotten assets from inactive bank accounts, uncashed checks, valuables left in safe deposit boxes and stock certificates.

An updated, state-of-the art website will make it easier to check on lost or abandoned property. People can go to www.michigan.gov/unclaimedproperty to file new claims or check on claims electronically. Previously, claimants had to file paper claims and send documentation through the mail.

Over the last four years, Michigan Unclaimed Property has returned $400 million to owners or their heirs. Along with visiting the website, claimants can also call 517-636-5320 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays.

Pure Michigan hunt offers exciting hunting opportunity
Sen. Wayne SchmidtThe start of fall hunting season is a good time to remind outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen about the annual Pure Michigan Hunt opportunity. This “hunt of a lifetime” offers three winners the chance to obtain licenses for antlerless deer, bear, elk and spring and fall turkey, and first pick at a managed waterfowl hunt area, along with a prize package valued at over $4,000!

Applications for the 2019 drawing are $5 each and available at license agent locations and online at www.mdnr-elicense.com until Dec. 31. Revenue helps fund Michigan’s wildlife habitat restoration and management. More information is available at www.michigan.gov/pmh.

Organ donor registry surpasses 5 million
The secretary of state’s office recently reported that more than 5 million residents have now joined the Michigan Organ Donor Registry! Senate legislation signed into law has helped increase the number of registered organ donors. Public Act 451 of 2016 — Lauren’s Law — requires the secretary of state’s office to ask whether someone would like to sign up on the organ donor registry when they apply for a driver’s license.

Anyone can join the registry, regardless of age or medical history. Visit www.michigan.gov/sos, call 866-500-5801 or stop by any secretary of state office to sign up.

 
 
 

OUR DISTRICT

 
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The 37th Senate District is made up of 8 counties, which includes: Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Chippewa, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Luce, and Mackinac.
 
 
 
 

Senator Wayne Schmidt

4600 Connie Binsfeld Bldg. P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

Phone: (517) 373-2413

Email: SenWSchmidt@senate.michigan.gov
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Visit my website at: www.SenatorWayneSchmidt.com