It's summer in Michigan, and that means getting out and enjoying all the great things our great state has to offer. I have been crisscrossing the district, enjoying the people I meet throughout the Thumb and Northern Macomb County. If you have an event you would like me to attend, please contact my office at 517.373.7708.
I hope you find these short updates from Lansing helpful and informative. Please share it with friends and encourage them to sign up on my website.
District office hoursThese monthly, informal meetings let me hear directly from you and your neighbors about issues affecting your community. I hope you will join me for one of these visits:
Friday, August 7
Marysville City Hall
1111 Delaware Ave.
Marysville, MI 48040
Thursday, August 13
New Baltimore Biggby Coffee
9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
36540 Green St.
New Baltimore, MI 48047
summer reading contest in conjunction with local libraries around the district. A winner from each branch is selected as a "Junior Senator" and visits Lansing one day in the fall for a Capitol tour, mock committee hearing and pizza party.
The 2015 contest runs June 22 - Aug. 21. It is open to all first through fifth graders who have completed their local public library's summer reading program in Huron, Sanilac and St. Clair counties and the communities of Richmond, Armada and New Baltimore in Macomb County.
The students may be enrolled in any public, private or home-based school. Once they have completed the summer reading program, they may fill out a contest entry form at their local public library branch.
Bill to prohibit sanctuary citiesRecently, I co-sponsored legislation that would prohibit local municipalities from forming "sanctuary city" laws, and stop any state funding or other resources flowing to sanctuary cities. Sanctuary city laws prevent local employees from notifying federal authorities of illegal aliens living in their communities. Michigan currently has two such cities, Ann Arbor and Detroit.
Sanctuary cities recently came to national attention after a San Francisco woman was killed on July 1, allegedly by an illegal alien who had been deported five times and later confessed to the crime. Senate Bill 445 was introduced partly in response to that tragedy, to help prevent a similar occurrence in Michigan.
In my past service as a State Representative, I chaired the Michigan Task Force on Border Security and Immigration Reform, which met throughout 2007. Our final report recommended a series of reforms, including sanctuary city prohibitions. Legislation was introduced at that time to ban sanctuary cities, but died at the end of 2008.
Pavlov resolution counters EPA BBQ regulationAs we all know, the federal government loves to find new ways to regulate our lives -- even our backyard picnics! The latest example of federal overreach is an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) study that could lead to regulations on outdoor grills and barbecues.
The EPA has funded a University of California-Riverside student project to develop "preventive technology" to reduce emissions from residential barbecues. In the face of record national debt, recurring budget deficits and other serious problems, surely the federal government can better use our resources than on this frivolous and potentially intrusive project.
In May, I introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 14 to oppose the EPA study. This resolution currently sits in the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and is expected to be taken up for consideration in the fall.
The Michigan Farm Bureau and Detroit News have editorialized against the study as well.
Keeping Michigan's children safeAre your children safe online? Michigan families, especially minors, are being increasingly inundated by alcohol, tobacco, pornography and gambling marketers through various digital means. Texting advertisements is the newest marketing effort from many companies. Thankfully, the State of Michigan offers a free program to stop unwanted adult advertisements from reaching e-mails, mobile phones and instant messenger IDs. The Michigan Child Protection Registry, like the federal Do Not Call List, is a free do-not-contact service. It can be found at www.ProtectMIChild.com.
Thanks for reading. Please contact my office if I can be of assistance. I hope to see you around the district!
Michigan's 25th Senate District