I take great pride in representing you in the Michigan Senate. Here is a brief update on my work in Lansing.
January marks the start of new lawsSeveral new laws passed in 2015 take effect this month. Laws of interest to veterans, motorists and parents include:
- Public Acts 144-147 of 2015 help people with disabilities—including military veterans—and their service dogs access public places like businesses and schools. People can voluntarily register their animals and receive a Registered Service Animal ID card for themselves and a patch for the dog’s vest or harness. Learn more at www.michigan.gov/serviceanimals.
- Public Act 135 of 2015 allows drivers to show law enforcement an electronic copy of their proof of insurance on their cell phone or other mobile device. Michigan now joins 37 other states that permit motorists to use this technology.
- Public Act 165 of 2015 bans the sale, distribution and possession of powdered alcohol. With packaging and flavors that can appeal to kids, this pocket-sized product poses too great a potential for abuse, especially among teens and those too young to drink.
Bills give law enforcement easier access to emergency contact infoIn an emergency, time is of the essence. I recently supported legislation to help make emergency contact information available to law enforcement in a more timely manner. Using voluntary information already provided to the Secretary of State, the legislation would make it easier for emergency personnel to identify family members at the scene of an accident. In turn, that could allow family members to make important medical decisions in a more timely fashion. It could also offer peace of mind to families with loved ones suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s. If the legislation is signed into law, this information would be available to law enforcement by Jan. 1, 2017.
Office HoursI continue to hold office hours around the district. These are the times currently scheduled.
Friday, Jan. 29, 2016
Armada Township Hall
10:30 a.m. – noon
23121 E. Main St
Armada, MI 48005
Mark your calendar for winter fun!Michigan’s free fishing weekend is right around the corner! On Feb. 13 and 14, anglers can fish without a license. All state fishing regulations, except the license requirement, still apply. Visit www.michigan.gov/freefishing for more information, including special activities around the state.
Michigan's 25th Senate District