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MacGregor supports bill to crack down on mail theft

Many people receive checks, prescription medications, packages and other items of value in the mail. Yet theft is an increasing problem. In fact, 2018 appears to be a record year for mail theft in Michigan.

I recently supported legislation to better deter mail and package theft. Although it is a federal crime, the federal government doesn’t have the resources to prosecute unless the value of the stolen items is high enough or it involves identity theft. Senate Bills 23 and 24 would create a state-level mail theft crime with penalties, allowing more options for state prosecution and more consistent enforcement.

The legislation has been sent to the House for consideration.

 

New laws target animal abusers

Family pets can be caught up in domestic violence situations. Some abusers may injure or kill an animal as a way to abuse a victim of domestic violence or keep the victim from leaving.

A new law effective this month addresses this kind of animal cruelty. Public Acts 452 and 652 of 2018 make it a crime and establish stiff penalties for someone to kill or torture the companion animal of another person. Animal abusers should face strong consequences when harming animals to intimidate people.

April is Donate Life Month

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More than 3,000 people in Michigan are waiting for an organ transplant. Often-times, the transplant helps save a person’s life.

Next month is Donate Life Month and a good time to learn about organ donation. Just one donor can save the lives of eight people and better the lives of even more. Motorists can purchase a Donate Life specialty license plant to support and help promote the need for organ, tissue and eye donors. The fundraising plates can be ordered online at www.michigan.gov/sos or at any secretary of state branch office.

Phone scammers posing as health officials

State officials recently cautioned Michigan residents about a new phone scam operating in several areas of the state. Apparently, scammers are posing as public health officials in an attempt to obtain personal information that could be used to steal someone’s identity.

It’s important to remember that local public health and Medicare officials will not call and request personal and confidential information, such as Social Security numbers, over the phone. People can report these calls by contacting the attorney general’s Consumer Protection division at 877-765-8388.

Check Eyes in the Field site to report fish kills

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As spring begins and the ice starts to thaw, people may begin to notice dead fish or other aquatic species, especially in shallow lakes, ponds and streams.

Monitoring the health of aquatic life is an important part of fisheries management. People can report fish kills over 25 fish by completing the Sick or Dead Aquatic Species observation report at www.michigan.gov/eyesinthefield. Most of the time, fish kills are due to natural causes such as weather but they can be related to disease, pollution, chemicals or other non-natural causes.

OUR DISTRICT

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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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