Senator Wayne Schmidt

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Schmidt supports Youth ChalleNGe program for young offenders

The Michigan Youth ChalleNGe Academy has a proven track record in helping young people change the direction of their lives.

I recently supported Senate legislation that would allow judges to expunge the record of certain juvenile offenders if they complete the Michigan Youth ChalleNGe Academy program. The academy is administered by the Michigan National Guard and offers high school dropouts or potential dropouts the opportunity to earn a high-school degree and college credits. With a focus on self-discipline and physical, mental and moral development, the program can help young offenders change their circumstances and behavior.

Senate Bill 471 would give young offenders a second chance and the opportunity to make a future for themselves. The bill has been sent to the House for consideration.

Schmidt to host October coffee hours throughout 37th District

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, as well as take suggestions on issues affecting communities and businesses in the district.

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

For more information or to contact my office at or call 517-373-2413.

October coffee hours are as follows:

Monday, Oct. 16

11 a.m. – noon

Audie’s Restaurant

314 N. Nicolet St.

Mackinac City

Monday, Oct. 16

1 – 2 p.m.

Roast & Toast

309 E. Lake St.


Monday, Oct. 16

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Café Sante

1 Water St.

Boyne City

Monday, Oct. 16

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.


102 N. Bridge St.


Find the perfect hunting spot

Hunters, visit to find public hunting land, as well as private land open to the public for hunting and trapping in Michigan. The mapping tool allows users to see features such as land topography, trails, aerial photography and more. The Mi-HUNT application works on mobile devices for use in the field.

Breast Cancer Awareness license plate

Download graphics to see this image.Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among Michigan women.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a good time to remind motorists that the Breast Cancer Awareness license plate is one of several special fundraising plates offered by the state of Michigan. The plate features the Pink Ribbon logo and the message “Early Detection Saves Lives.” Proceeds from sales of the plate help support a state program that provides low-income women access to lifesaving cancer screening services and follow-up care, including cancer treatment if needed. Visit and click on “Owning a Vehicle” for more information.

Michigan historical markers website

Download graphics to see this image.A fall color tour or road trip is a great way for travelers to take in a little Michigan history at the same time!

Since 1955, Michigan’s historical markers — the familiar green and gold signs — have told the stories of significant people, places and events in our state’s history. There are more than 1,700 markers across the state, many at highway rest areas or along scenic byways. There are even a few outside of Michigan, including one in Kentucky at the Perryville Battlefield State Park, honoring the Michigan soldiers who aided the Union in this Civil War battle.

A new, interactive website enables travelers or history buffs to easily find the markers and learn about Michigan’s past. Visit and locate these sites by location, theme or word search.

Schmidt hosts Capitol Crunch celebrating Michigan-grown apples

Download graphics to see this image.I recently had the pleasure of joining my colleagues on the Senate floor with freshly harvested Michigan apples as part of Michigan’s fifth annual Apple Crunch Day at the Capitol.

Apple Crunch Day, put on by Cherry Capital Foods in Traverse City, is part of a statewide celebration of Michigan’s apple industry, an important part of the state’s agriculture and economy.

Michigan has an average annual production of over 22 million bushels of apples and is third in the nation for apple production. In 2016 we were able to topple our state’s annual average by harvesting 28 million bushels. I am proud to have hosted this year’s celebration in Lansing. With the growing popularity of Apple Crunch day, I believe we can continue to increase that number.

You can find locally grown apples near you by clicking here or visiting


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

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

Phone: (517) 373-2413

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