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Working to lower auto insurance rates

The first Senate bill of the new legislative term addresses the number one problem for many Michigan motorists — the high cost of auto insurance.

Michigan drivers pay the highest car insurance rates in the country, averaging more than 80 percent higher than the national average! While the issue has been debated for some time, new legislation could finally help fix the problem and modernize the system. Senate Bill 1 would reduce the cost of auto insurance, offer more insurance options and ensure accident victims have the medical care they need.

Some of the goals of the Senate auto insurance reform include:

• Allowing drivers to choose the personal injury protection coverage that best meets their needs and budget;
• Reducing medical cost inflation related to auto insurance claims;
• Cracking down on fraud and conflicts of interest; and
• Allowing seniors on Medicare to use that coverage to cover their medical costs.

By making car insurance more affordable, the legislation also aims to reduce the number of uninsured drivers. SB 1 has been referred to the Senate Committee on Insurance and Banking for consideration.

 

Senate pays tribute to Blue Star Mothers

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I recently co-sponsored Senate Resolution 9 to commemorate Feb. 1, 2019 as Blue Star Mother’s Day to recognize their service to our state and nation.

Blue Star Mothers of America was founded in Flint in 1942 to support the mothers of children in active service. Among their many patriotic contributions, Blue Star mothers welcome home returning veterans, visit wounded veterans in hospitals and rehabilitation centers, assist in veterans’ ceremonies and perpetuate the memory of the men and women who have served our country.

New law to make cyberbullying a crime takes effect next month

Nearly 60 percent of U.S. teens report having been bullied or harassed online, including 16 percent who have experienced physical threats, according to a recent report by the Pew Research Center. Cyberbullying can occur through texting and digital messaging or online in social media forums or gaming.

Legislation now signed into law makes cyberbullying a crime in Michigan. Cyberbullying is defined as posting a message on a public media forum about another person with a clear intent to communicate fear of bodily harm or death and knowing it will be viewed as a threat. The new law also provides penalties for the threatening behavior. Public Acts 457 and 528 of 2018 take effect on March 28, 2019.

State Police urges caution on winter roads

Most winter driving crashes are caused by drivers going too fast for the roadway conditions. The Michigan State Police (MSP) reminds drivers that it can take up to 10 times longer to stop in snowy or icy weather. Drivers should be prepared to look ahead and begin braking well in advance of an intersection. The MSP also advises motorists to stay with the vehicle if stranded and wait for help.

Visit the MI Drive website at www.michigan.gov/drive for traffic information on state highways, including traffic cameras, incidents, and snowplow locations.

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The 28th Senate District

The 28th Senate District consists of the cities of Cedar Springs, Grandville, Rockford, Walker, Wyoming city, and the townships of Algoma, Alpine, Byron, Cannon, Courtland, Grattan, Nelson, Oakfield, Plainfield, Solon, Sparta, Spencer, Tyrone, and Vergennes in Kent County.

Contact Me

Serving the constituents of the 28th Senate district is very important to me and I encourage you to contact me with any state issues. You may contact me by calling toll-free 1-855-347-8028 or emailing senpmacgregor@senate.michigan.gov.

I look forward to serving you, and I encourage you to contact me if I can assist you in any way or if you have an idea to help move our state forward.

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Senator Peter MacGregor
S-132 Capitol Building
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

 
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