Senator Wayne Schmidt

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Schmidt to host November 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.

November coffee hours are as follows:

Wednesday, Nov. 15 9-10 a.m. Shirley's Café 528 S. Williams St. Mancelona
Wednesday, Nov. 15 11 a.m. - noon Café Santé 1 Water St. Boyne City
Wednesday, Nov. 15 1 - 2 p.m. The Whistle Stop 4853 Afton Road Wolverine
Wednesday, Nov. 15 3 - 4 p.m. Roast & Toast 309 E. Lake St. Petoskey
Friday, Nov. 17 10 - 11 a.m. Grand Traverse Pie Company 525 W. Front St. Traverse City
Saturday, Nov. 18 11 a.m. - noon Driftwood Restaurant and Sports Bar 590 N. State St. St. Ignace
Saturday, Nov. 18 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Cup of the Day 406 Ashmun St. Sault Ste. Marie
Saturday, Nov. 18 4 - 5 p.m. Zellar's Village Inn 7552 State Highway M-123 Newberry

Elk license plate available Dec. 1

Download graphics to see this image.Beginning Dec. 1, the specialty Michigan license plate featuring the common loon will be replaced with an elk plate to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the reintroduction of elk in Michigan.

Michigan’s native elk disappeared from the state around 1875. In 1918, seven elk were brought in from the western United States and the population grew steadily. A 2014 survey estimated the herd to number 668.

Funds from the sale of the elk license plate will continue to help wildlife management. For more information on specialty license plates, visit To learn more about Michigan’s elk population, go to

Deer hunting season is here!

Download graphics to see this image.With deer firearm season less than 24 hours away, I wanted to pass along some last- minute, useful information for hunters. 

Hunting guides, including all current Michigan rules and regulations, can be found at On the site, you can also learn about all other hunting seasons and how to get a license.

Hunters can visit to search public hunting land as well as private land open to the public for hunting. The interactive map application also works on mobile devices and contains the most up-to-date information available.

Residents can buy hunting licenses from a local licensing agent or online 24 hours a day at If you want to buy your licenses locally, click on “License Agent Locations” to find licensing agents in each county.

I urge all hunters to keep safety in mind. Most hunting-associated injuries and casualties are preventable. Please follow gun safety rules like wearing “hunter’s orange” and never mixing hunting with drinking alcohol. The last three seasons have been the safest on record since Michigan began tracking hunting accidents in the 1940s and I hope we can continue that trend.

Happy hunting! I hope everyone has a safe and successful season.

Schmidt supports cancer drug coverage legislation

Michigan patients should have access to the most effective chemotherapy treatments to successfully treat their cancer. 
Yet high costs in the way some medications are administered can be a deciding factor in a patient’s treatment decision. If a patient in Michigan needs anticancer medication in pill form, it is often covered as a health insurance plan prescription benefit, requiring a patient to pay for part of the treatment. This out-of-pocket cost can run thousands of dollars a month. Intravenously administered or injected chemotherapy medications are commonly covered as a health insurance plan medical benefit and don’t require the patient to pay an additional fee for the medication.

I recently supported legislation that would require health insurance policies to cover oral cancer treatments in the same way that intravenously or injected anticancer treatments are covered. A patient should not have to worry about the cost of medicine when fighting cancer.

Senate Bill 492 has been sent to the House for consideration. If the legislation is adopted and signed into law, Michigan would join 43 other states with oral chemotherapy parity.

Thanking our veterans

Freedom isn’t free, and our veterans know that better than anyone. Military personnel and their families make unimaginable sacrifices on a daily basis. For this we owe them our gratitude and utmost respect when they return home.

It was my pleasure to spend Veteran’s Day with numerous Northern Michigan veterans serving food and discussing issues impacting their daily lives. For all of the veterans I did not get a chance to speak with on Saturday, I want to thank you for your service and thank your family for the sacrifices they have made as well.

I would also like to point veterans toward various resources that can assist their daily lives as well as their transition back to civilian live. I encourage all veterans with questions to contact the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA). The MVAA provides valuable services for our veterans, including job resources, medical benefits, transition assistance and more.

The MVAA provides numerous resources, along with contact information on their website,

Schmidt receives Civil Air Patrol’s Commanders Commendation Award

Download graphics to see this image.I was honored to recently be awarded the Commanders Commendation Award by officials from Michigan Wing, the state of Michigan’s branch of the Civil Air Patrol.

It was quite a humbling experience to be recognized by such an outstanding group of volunteers. Michigan Wing along with other Civil Air Patrol branches nationwide provide crucial services in numerous fields including cadet education and emergency management.

It was my pleasure to work with Civil Air Patrol leadership to ensure they received adequate funding in the fiscal year 2018 budget to continue providing these services.

Keep an eye out for deer!

Download graphics to see this image.October, November and December are the most dangerous months for deer/vehicle crashes in Michigan. Motorists should take extra care when on the road during the fall season and drive defensively.

The Michigan Deer Crash Coalition recommends that drivers stay alert, especially at dawn and dusk; slow down at the sight of one deer as deer often travel in groups; and watch for deer crossing signs. If a crash is unavoidable, the safety group advises drivers not to swerve and to brake firmly.

For more information, including statistics by county, visit


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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

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