Senator Patrick Colbeck
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Senator Patrick Colbeck

Senator Patrick Colbeck


Senate District 7 Legislative Update

Canton Township, Livonia city, Northville city, Northville Township, Plymouth city, Plymouth Township, and Wayne city.

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Dear Friends,

The legislative session is in full swing in Lansing and we are dealing with a variety of issues from balancing the state’s budget to fixing our roads. In this issue of my e-newsletter I’ve assembled information on some of the most pressing topics before us in order to help keep you informed about what is happening in your Capitol.

Should you ever have any questions about my work in the district or in Lansing, please contact my office at 517-373-7350 or by email at, or visit with me at one of my monthly office hours in the district.

Best Regards,

Patrick Colbeck
State Senator


Local Boy Scouts spur restoration of school bake sales and brownie fundraisers

Schools may once again be allowed to host traditional fundraisers such as bake sales if legislation introduced by Senator Patrick Colbeck becomes law. SB 139 directs the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) to return the decision-making authority back to schools with regard to the types of food they sell at fundraisers. Colbeck believes the Department went too far with its recent ban on non-approved food sales and its actions have hurt the ability of schools to provide extracurricular and social activities for students.

"I have heard from students, parents, teachers and principals about how this new policy is hurting their school's extracurricular activities," Colbeck said. "A Cub Scout came up to me at a recent event in my district to tell me how he was not able to sell brownies at his school to raise money for his troop. This policy is not only hurting our schools but it's also hurting non-profit organizations like the Cub Scouts and is an example of pure government overreach that needs to be addressed."

A new federal law that went into effect this past fall as part of Michelle Obama's plan to make school food healthier allows the MDE to dictate the number of "non-compliant" fundraisers schools may hold during school hours on school property. A non-compliant fundraiser is the sale of any food not on the Federally-approved "Smart Snack" list. Most of the foods traditionally sold to raise money for school activities such as baked goods are not on the approved list.

The MDE decided to allow zero non-compliant fundraisers across the board, severely limiting the ability of students to raise money for school trips, sports teams, and other organizations. In essence, this has meant the end of almost all food sales for fundraising events.

This bill directs the MDE to allow schools to hold up to two "non-compliant" fundraisers per week and puts the control back into the hands of the schools, parents and administrators.

Senator Colbeck meets with members of a local Boy Scout Troop who came up to Lansing to testify in support of SB139 before the House Education Committee

Agent Orange Town Hall to be held in Northville

Vietnam Wall Coming to Northville High School

Office Hours

Senator Colbeck meets regularly with constituents in the district on Mondays and Fridays and at his office in Lansing Tuesdays through Thursdays. If you would like to schedule a meeting with the Senator, please contact Penny at (517) 373-5713 or toll-free at (866) 262-7307 to arrange a time that is convenient for you.

The next two scheduled office hours in the district:

Date: Monday - June 8, 2015
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: Plymouth Library
Address: 223 South Main St., Plymouth, MI

Date: Monday - May 18, 2015
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: Canton Twp. Hall, Lower level room (E)
Address: 1150 S. Canton Center Road, Canton



The Facts about Ballot Proposal 15-1

On May 5, 2015, Michigan voters will decide whether or not to vote in favor of Ballot Proposal 15-1. The passage of House Joint Resolution UU by both the Michigan Senate and the Michigan House of Representatives was the impetus for Ballot Proposal 15-1. HJR UU would amend the Michigan Constitution. There are 10 additional bills that will not go into effect unless the Ballot Proposal goes into effect. In this light, voters will be voting on much more than the provisions of HJR UU. The wording for the ballot proposal is limited by statute to 100 words. The actual laws that would go into effect as a result of the ballot proposal feature over 47,000 words.

The following links provide voters with direct access to the full content of the legislation that would be enacted with an affirmative vote on Ballot Proposal 15-1:

Ballot Proposal 15-1 Overview

A summary of the financial impact that would result from an affirmative vote for Ballot Proposal 15-1 is provided in the following table:

Line Item FY15-16 FY16-17 FY17-18
Michigan Transportation Fund $460.90M $891.00M $1,464.30M
State Road Construction $168.50M $319.40M $521.20M
Local Road Agencies $265.50M $497.50M $811.80M
Comprehensive Transportation Fund (Mass Transit) $26.90M $71.1M $128.3M
Rail Grade Crossing Fund (Subsidy to private entities) $3.00M $3.00M $3.00M
MDOT Debt Service $814.70M $456.20M $0M
Recreation Account $24.80M $25.60M $27.60M
School Aid Fund $336.50M $376.20M $393.80M
Constitutional Revenue Sharing $106.40M $114.00M $118.30M
General Fund $25.40M $33.10M $36.40M
TOTAL $1,768.70M $1896.10M $2040.30M

For more information, including the latest information on how Proposal 15-1 will actually appear on your ballot, please see the Michigan Voter Information Center or read Senator Colbeck's latest column on road funding.

Direct Primary Care Services Forum

Recently, we held a forum in the 7th District to discuss the expansion of Direct Primary Care Services throughout Michigan. Michigan is on the verge of a free market revolution in healthcare in the wake of the passage of Senator Colbeck's healthcare reform legislation that is now Public Act 522 of 2014.

Direct Primary Care Service provider networks will be launching throughout our state over the next few months. Patients will soon have Direct Primary Care Services healthcare options that offer lower prices and better care.

Doctors can now have a better work environment that allows them to avoid the bureaucracy of third party payers and spend more time caring for their patients.

Employers can have high quality health plans for their employees while saving 20%.

Consumers are getting back in the driver's seat for their own healthcare.with or without Obamacare. If consumers demand Direct Primary Care Services, provider networks will follow.

You can watch the forum in its entirety at this link: Health Care Forum Videos

In addition, these experts spoke at the event. Their presentations can be found by clicking on the links below:

Senator Patrick Colbeck
John Blanchard, Premier Private Physicians
David Wilson, Wilson Partners
Tom Valenti, Forthright Health
Dr. Rob Steele, Cardiologist, Docs4PatientCare
Dr. Matt McCord, Anesthesiologist, Care A La Carte, Docs4Patient Care




Help with Unemployment Benefits Claims

Senator Colbeck realizes that constituents often have difficulties claiming their unemployment benefits. The Senator cannot start the process or request benefits for constituents. If there's a roadblock, however, the Senator's office can help!

To speed up the process we need your help. In order for the office to assist with your claim, we need to receive an authorization for the release of information. This form can be found here: Release Form. If all other avenues of help have failed you, call the Senator's office. You will obtain faster results if you email us this form first.

The Senator cannot create claims, but he can help to solve problems with already existing claims. When contacting us, please fill out the attached form and submit it to our office either by email at or by fax at (517-373-9228). After that, let us review your claim and do our best to quickly resolve the problem.


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The 7th Senate District

The 7th Senate District includes Canton Township, Livonia city, Northville city, Northville Township, Plymouth city, Plymouth Township, and Wayne city.
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Senator Patrick Colbeck

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