Senator Wayne Schmidt
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Pedal Pub bills on to the Governor

My bill to allow pedal pubs, also known as quadricycles, was finalized on July 1 and now awaits Gov. Rick Snyder's signature. The two bill package, Senate Bills 165 and 166, allows patrons to bring their own beer or wine on the pedal pubs with them, as long as the business carries liability insurance.

Expanding the use of pedal pubs is just another way for people to enjoy Pure Michigan. They are becoming increasingly popular throughout our state, helping boost our economy and promoting tourism.

You can read more about the legislation by visiting the Legislature website.

Michigan is the Comeback State

We have done a lot over the past four years to fix the damage of Michigan's lost decade, and the results have been remarkable.

More than 400,000 private sector jobs have been created, unemployment is the lowest it's been in 15 years, home ownership is on the rise as people are moving to Michigan to work and raise their families. For these and so many more reasons, Michigan is a great place to live.

Recently, several national publications have taken notice of Michigan's turnaround.

As Michiganders, it's encouraging to see these national publications finally recognizing what we've long knew.

As you plan your family's summer getaway, why not make it a "staycation" right here in Michigan? Be sure to check out the Pure Michigan events calendar to find the right trip for you.

Bills to protect veterans with service dogs approved

I recently supported Senate bills to protect Michigan military veterans who use service dogs to better manage the effects of post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries.

The legislation would recognize in Michigan law the service dogs that so many veterans rely upon for care, exempt licensing fees for veterans' service dogs and establish penalties for anyone who harasses or injures a service dog.

The bills would help educate people that these service dogs are not pets, but working service animals that help vets and others cope with serious, often invisible injuries, not just physical disabilities.

ICYMI: State budget signed; completed early for fifth consecutive year

For the fifth year in a row, the Legislature delivered and the governor signed a balanced budget in early summer, several months before deadline.

This good news is among the reasons Michigan was recently ranked best in the nation for its budget process in a study released in the publication State Policy Reports. The state received high scores for its Rainy Day Fund reserves, balanced budget requirements and transparency on state expenditures.

Go Fish!

There's no better way to spend a lazy summer day than fishing in Michigan. For regional information on conditions, tips and where anglers are having success, check the weekly fishing report provided by the Department of Natural Resources. Access it at or call toll-free 1-855-777-0908 for a recorded message.

July Coffee Hours

This month I will be holding the following coffee hours in the district. If you have any questions, please contact my office at 517-373-2413.

Monday, July 13
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Murray's Bar and Grill
115 Main St.
East Jordan

Friday, July 17
9 - 10 a.m.
Grand Traverse Pie Co.
101 N. Park St.
Traverse City


SD37 Map
The 37th Senate District

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

820 Farnum Bldg. P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

Phone: (517) 373-2413

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