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Friends,

I am extremely humbled to be able to continue to serve as your state senator. To best serve you, I want to ensure you are keeping informed. I hope this monthly e-newsletter will serve that purpose. Thank you for taking the time to review it!

As always, my staff and I are always available to serve you! Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need any assistance.

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March is Reading Month and a great time to reinforce the benefits of reading with young students.

Reading is the foundation for success in school and beyond. I look forward to visiting many local elementary schools in March as a guest reader to share the fun and importance of reading. I also have special bookmarks available to encourage the reading habit! Please let me know if you would like to receive one.

Serving with and for you,

Senate Majority Leader
Mike Shirkey

517-373-5932
SenMshirkey@senate.michigan.gov

 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

EXPANDED “MOVE OVER LAW” NOW IN EFFECT

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Senate legislation signed into law late last year expands the “Move Over Law” to increase road safety and better protect people working on or beside busy Michigan roadways.

Public Act 349 of 2018 (Senate Bill 477) requires drivers to slow down and move over a lane if possible when passing waste collection, road maintenance and utility service vehicles with flashing amber lights — the same as required with police and emergency vehicles on the side of the road. The new law also requires drivers to reduce their speed by 10 mph below the speed limit when passing these vehicles, as well as stationary emergency vehicles.

Violations are civil infractions and subject to points and a fine.

LEGISLATURE.MI.GOV

Please visit www.legislature.mi.gov to view a complete list of current and past bills and resolutions.

 

DISTRICT SPOTLIGHT

I-94 COOPER STREET BRIDGE CLOSED!

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Please take note: The I-94 eastbound exit ramp at Cooper Street will be closed until early June for reconstruction!

While the Cooper Street bridge will be inaccessible, I-94 traffic underneath won’t see major detours. Once MDOT crews are ready to demolish the bridge, I-94 will close for two nights.

 

QUINCY HIGH SCHOOL INDUCTS FOUR ALUMNI INTO HALL OF FAME

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The Quincy Orioles honored their newest members of the Quincy Hall of Fame, as QHS honored 1963’s Richard Hartley, 1978’s Randy Houtz, 1982’s Todd Strane, and 2003’s Joe Weaver during halftime of Friday night’s boys varsity game.

Quincy’s Hall of Fame member and lifelong coach Chuck Cook and athletic director Sherri Hildenbrand presented the inductees with plaques as they were inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Congratulations gentlemen!

 

CONGRATULATIONS MARY HARMAN!

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The Hillsdale Kiwanis Club recently recognized Mary Dorothea Harman, a student at Will Carleton Academy as its student of the month for February.

She was accompanied by her parents, Jerry and Erin Harman and Colleen Vogt, director of the academy. Vogt has been headmaster/director since the founding of Will Carleton Academy in 1998.

 
 

NOTICES

2019 DNR LICENSES ON SALE MARCH 1

Although 2018 fishing licenses, base/small game licenses and ORV permits are valid through March 31, 2019, most 2019 hunting and fishing licenses and permits go on sale March 1, the start of the new license year. Applications for the 2020 Pure Michigan Hunt also go on sale that day.

Sportsmen and women can order the new licenses online at www.MDNR-eLicense.com or by visiting a retailer that sells DNR licenses. For license sales questions, email MDNR-E-License@michigan.gov or call 517-284-6057. Season guides and digests will be posted on the DNR website at www.michigan.gov/dnr as they become available.

TAXPAYER PREPARATION GUIDE

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My office offers a free resource that may be helpful in filling out state income tax forms for the 2018 tax year.

Though not a substitute for the Michigan Department of Treasury tax instruction booklets, the 2019 Michigan Taxpayer’s Guide contains information on the Michigan individual income tax, including state income tax credits, and the property tax. Please visit the Publications page on my website for a link to the tax guide or contact my office for a print copy.

 

Your 16th Senate District Map

The 16th State Senate District includes the counties of Branch, Hillsdale, and Jackson.

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Thank you for subscribing to my electronic newsletter! I am honored to represent you in the state Senate. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Please feel free to forward this on to others who may be interested in receiving the 16th District E-news. You may sign up for it also at my website.

 
Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey
S-106 Capitol Building
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

 
Visit my website at: SenatorMikeShirkey.com