Senator Wayne Schmidt
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Senate passes Senator Schmidt's SB 153 "Billy's Law"

Billy's Law was passed by the Senate on October 8th to empower law enforcement to administer drug tests and obtain drug test results conducted on at-fault motorists in traffic accidents that lead to death or serious bodily injury that gives the peace officer reason to believe that death is imminent.

It changes existing Michigan law to imply consent for at-fault drivers to allow a blood or urine test be given, and would also make urine test results subject to a search warrant in addition to blood tests.

Billy's Law closes a loophole that has delayed or denied justice from crime victims and their families, and while it may not be able to deliver justice for families who have already been affected by this loophole, enacting it can ensure future criminals receive punishments that fit their crimes and help keep drugged drivers off Michigan roads.

I look forward to the House of Representatives passing Billy's Law soon.

New law allows 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.

"Good Samaritan" bill approved

Someone who steps in to help a victim during an emergency situation shouldn't be worried about potential liability.

I recently supported 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.

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

You're invited for coffee

I will be holding some additional coffee hours in Traverse City, Sault Ste. Marie and Pickford this month, and invite you to join me.

Monday, Oct. 26
1 – 2 p.m.
Grand Traverse Pie Co.
525 W. Front St. (across the street from the fire station)
Traverse City

Friday, Oct. 30
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Cup of the Day
406 Ashmun St.
Sault Ste. Marie

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Big D's Diner
7830 N. M-129


SD37 Map
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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