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Senator Mike Shirkey

Autumn Update

Deer hunt

Dear Friend,

We hope this Fall finds you well. We want to give you some information on the upcoming hunting season, recent legislative news, and community events.

Please feel free to share your suggestions and observations about hunting this year after you have a chance to get out. We would like to get any feedback that is important to you so we can share updates with the DNR. Call us at 517-373-5932 or email

As for legislation, Senate Bill 97 is one of our bills that passed through the Senate last week. It gives your senators and representatives a better way to see when some department within the government requests grant funds that could impact your state tax dollars. Knowing about these requests sooner will ensure legislators have the opportunity to track and see if your tax funds are being used responsibly and effectively or not. You can always learn more about a bill on its page, or by visiting our public news site.

Serving with and for you,

Mike Shirkey

Our Dental Bill Would Improve Your Access to Local Care

Senate Bill 1013 would give dentists more flexibility in terms of the services they provide through their employees, which would translate into shorter wait times for you. The bill introduces a new category of dental care specialist, known as a midlevel dental provider. Dentists would have the option of hiring this new category of employee to provide services and free up the dentist for the most complex cases.

A recent article by the Mackinac Center highlighted this piece of legislation, which could have an especially positive impact on rural areas.

"A report published today jointly by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and the Texas Public Policy Foundation recommends the state create a new category of dental care specialists. These providers, called dental therapists, would be hired and supervised by dentists and would focus on providing preventive and routine dental care to underserved populations in Michigan. Senate Bill 1013, introduced by Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, would establish these providers in state law."

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Community Events Happening Now

Check out our list of the upcoming Trick-or-Treat and Trunk-or-Treat opportunities for kids!

Halloween Events

Senator Shirkey in the News

Shirkey, Leutheuser attend Governor Snyder visit to Hillsdale

Update on Energy Bills Currently in Michigan

Dental therapists a way to boost care for those in need

Report: Dental therapists can help Michigan

MLive: Shirkey townhall brings helpful information and discussion

Your 16th State Senate District Map

The 16th State Senate District contains all of Branch, Hillsdale, and Jackson Counties

16th Senate District Map


Senator Mike Shirkey
320 Farnum Bldg.
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

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