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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

We continue working to build a coalition to lower auto insurance rates. I was grateful to appear on Rick Albin’s “To The Point” TV show on WOOD-TV recently to make the case for real changes to significantly reduce rates. Our families deserve much better than a system that causes our rates to be the highest in the nation. I will keep fighting for you.

A few weeks ago, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gave the State of the State address. Many issues were addressed, but details were scarce. I’m glad to work with anyone to move Michigan forward, but that needs to include lowering auto insurance rates, fixing our roads, paying down debt, and promoting freedom to grow our economy.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of assistance on state issues or to share your perspective on issues. Together, we will keep working for West Michigan.


Aric Nesbitt


Nesbitt welcomes Wayland mayor, South Haven teacher to 2019 State of the State

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Sen. Nesbitt welcomed Wayland Mayor Tim Bala and South Haven High School teacher Brian Milliron to Lansing as his guests for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s 2019 State of the State address a few weeks ago.


Nesbitt introduces legislation improving access to broadband services

Nesbitt recently introduced legislation that seeks to improve access to reliable broadband internet by increasing incentives for expanding broadband infrastructure in underserved and unserved areas.

Senate Bill 163 would promote investment in broadband equipment, with the desired result being more high-speed Internet service to underserved and rural areas of the state. The legislation hopes to prompt investors to upgrade their equipment and expand services to areas that currently cannot receive high-speed Internet.

The legislation has been referred to the Senate Committee on Finance for further consideration.


Nesbitt co-sponsors Fraternal Order of Police 80th Anniversary Resolution

Nesbitt recently joined several of his Senate colleagues in introducing Senate Resolution 17 of 2019.

The resolution congratulates the Michigan Fraternal Order of Police on reaching their 80th Anniversary and commends their strong legislative involvement, their considerate and charitable efforts on behalf of officers in need, and their efforts to increase the public’s confidence toward the police. These efforts benefit both the officers who put their lives on the line every day, as well as the public they serve.


Senate pays tribute to Blue Star Mothers

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Nesbitt recently co-sponsored Senate Resolution 9 to commemorate Feb. 1, 2019 as Blue Star Mothers 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.


Home heating credit

Applications for the Michigan Home Heating Credit are now being processed for the 2018 tax year. The credit helps low-income seniors and other residents with their winter energy bills. More information, including forms and instructions, is available at (click on the Credits and Exemptions bar), or call 517-636-4486. Individuals may apply for the credit even if they do not file a Michigan tax return.

According to the Michigan Department of Treasury, 315,000 state residents applied for the credit last year and the average credit was $191. The heating credit is funded by a federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program block grant.


Hunters win the hunt of a lifetime!

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Three lucky hunters from Oakland, Lapeer and Clinton counties were recently announced as the winners of the 10th annual Pure Michigan Hunt by the Department of Natural Resources. Along with elk, bear, spring and fall turkey and antlerless deer licenses to be used in 2019, the winners will also get first pick for a reserved hunt at any of Michigan’s managed waterfowl hunt areas. In addition, each hunter will receive a package of hunting gear donated by Michigan businesses and organizations valued at $4,000!

The 2019 drawing had a total of 57,726 applications, generating more than $288,000 to help fund wildlife habitat restoration and improvements in Michigan. Applications for the next Pure Michigan Hunt drawing will be available starting March 1. More information is available at


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 or by visiting a retailer that sells DNR licenses. For license sales questions, email or call 517-284-6057. Season guides and digests will be posted on the DNR website at as they become available.


February events in the 26th District


Local World War II hero celebrates 100th birthday

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Nesbitt recently joined friends, family and members of the Paw Paw community in wishing Sgt. Jim Hackenberg a happy 100th birthday.

Sgt. Hackenberg landed on Normandy during World War II and fought his way through Europe. Medal of Honor recipient James McCloughan attended the ceremony and commended Hackenberg’s military service and life.


Allegan County couple celebrates 65th wedding anniversary

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Earlier this month, Nesbitt joined the celebration and congratulated Allegan County couple Vern and Esther Van Dyke on their 65th wedding anniversary.

The senator presented the couple with a special legislative tribute commemorating their truly special milestone.


Nesbitt, local business leaders serve dinner at Wayland VFW

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Nesbitt recently joined local business leaders for an evening of conversation and serving up dinner to veterans at the Wayland Veterans of Foreign Wars.


Nesbitt speaks to local business owners at Wayland Chamber of Commerce

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Nesbitt visited local business owners and members of the community at the Wayland Chamber of Commerce annual kickoff luncheon.

The senator spoke to the crowd about West Michigan’s booming business climate and discussed ways we can keep this momentum going and continue Michigan’s comeback.


Nesbitt tours Hungry for Christ in Hamilton

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Nesbitt stopped in for a visit with volunteers at Hungry for Christ in Hamilton earlier this month.

He spoke with volunteers about the organization’s mission and discussed their important roles in assisting the needy in West Michigan.


Allegan County Emergency Management Volunteer of the Year

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Nesbitt joined Allegan County officials in offering congratulations to Randy McNeill on earning the Allegan County Emergency Management Volunteer of the Year award.

Nesbitt presented McNeill with a special legislative tribute honoring his dedication to the community.


Local resident graduates from West Michigan Veterans Court

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Nesbitt participated in a congratulatory ceremony for Michael Bone celebrating his graduation from the West Michigan Veterans Court.

The court serves West Michigan communities by connecting veterans with treatment they need. The court also provides the tools required for them to lead normal, productive lives.


Michigan's 26th Senate District

The 26th State Senate District includes all of Allegan and Van Buren counties, as well as the city of Kentwood and Gaines Township in Kent County.

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Senator Aric Nesbitt
6100 Connie Binsfeld Building
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

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