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Dear Friends,

It has been a busy first month for me as your newly-elected State Senator from Macomb County.

My Senate colleagues have elected me to serve in the Senate leadership position of Majority Whip, and the Senate Majority Leader has appointed me to serve as the chairman of three policy committees, vice chairman of a fourth, and majority member of a fifth.

I recently presided over the first meeting of the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety, and, as the Chair of the Committee on Advice and Consent, I have begun meeting with the Governor’s cabinet appointees in anticipation of conducting formal Advice and Consent hearings for each of them.

Though my office is a very busy place, I have organized and staffed it to be “user friendly,” so please do not hesitate to contact me at SenPLucido@senate.michigan.gov or via my toll-free number, (855) 347-8008 – and if you happen to be in Lansing, please stop by my office in suite 3100 of the Binsfeld Senate Office Building.

Sincerely,

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Peter J. Lucido
State Senator
8th District

Lucido sworn in as senator of 8th District

 

I was honored to have Michigan Supreme Court (and Macomb County native son) Chief Justice Pro Tem David Viviano administer my oath of office during the Michigan Senate’s formal swearing-in ceremony.

At the ceremony, I was accompanied by my lovely wife, Ann Marie; my sister Diane Di Ponio and her husband Jake; my sister Jenny Laethem and her husband Jim; and my sister Antoinette Anderson and her husband Gil.

I am honored and humbled that Macomb County residents have placed their trust and confidence in me to serve as their state senator. Our district, and state, have many opportunities to continue the growth we have seen over the past several years, but we also face challenges that we must overcome in order to make Michigan the best possible place for families, talent, and jobs, and I look forward to all we will accomplish together.

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Lucido receives committee assignments for 100th Legislature

 

I am excited to have been appointed to three Senate policy committees, Vice-Chairman to another, and as a majority member to a fifth.

I am chairing the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety, the Senate Committee on Advice and Consent, and the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules.

I am also serving as the Vice-Chairman of the Senate Committee on Government Oversight, and as a majority member of the Senate Committee on Elections.

I could not be more pleased with the appointments I received, and I look forward to leading and contributing to the work of each of these committees.

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Senator Peter J. Lucido chairing the first session of the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety in the 100th legislative session.

Lucido bills bring local control to road funding

 

Two of my initial bill requests as your state senator return more of the taxes and fees, which Macomb County residents pay in fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees, to Macomb County in order to establish greater local control over funds intended for construction and maintenance of our roads.

Senate Bill 27 would amend Public Act 51 to require all vehicle registration fees collected by the Secretary of State to go to the county in which a vehicle is registered. Similarly, Senate Bill 28 would require all motor fuel taxes be returned to the county in which the fuel was pumped.

My legislation provides a solution to ensure that Macomb County isn’t subsidizing the roads in other counties. Counties with more vehicles and drivers and, therefore, with greater need of road repair and maintenance, a fairer level of funding to ‘fix the damn roads,’ without increasing fees or taxes.

Lucido introduces bills to reduce auto insurance rates

 

I am proud to be a part of the Senate’s legislative package to make auto insurance more affordable in Michigan.

I have sponsored Senate Bills 4 through 9, which would require the disclosure of the actuarial computation used to set rates within the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association, as well as create a fraud prevention authority, to investigate fraudulent claims that cause the cost of insurance to skyrocket. These bills would also increase penalties for driving a motor vehicle without a valid driver license, establish the vehicle insurance verification act, and require an online system to enhance coordination between the Office of the Secretary of State and the Department of Insurance and Financial Services.

This package will help to lower rates by giving insurance customers more options and cost protections, while increasing competition and reducing fraud. Most importantly, this package will ensure that drivers still get the medical coverage they need.

Senate Bill 2 to reform civil asset forfeiture approved by Judiciary Committee

 

Senate Bill 2, of which I am the sponsor, received unanimous support by the Senate Judiciary Committee, late last week, and has been forwarded to the Senate floor, where it awaits consideration and passage by the Senate.

Senate Bill 2 is a commonsense reform to protect the due process rights of property owners who have not been found guilty, while still empowering law enforcement to be tough on crime.

Under current law, law enforcement agencies can take and keep the property of individuals who haven’t even been charged, let alone convicted of a crime. Senate Bill 2 would require that an individual be convicted of - or plead guilty to - a crime, before law enforcement could take ownership of his or her personal property, through the civil asset forfeiture process. Seized property of a person not convicted of a crime would have to be returned to the owner.

Prepare for tax filing season

 
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While Michigan’s individual income tax season begins in late January, taxpayers can get a head start on viewing and downloading the state 2018 tax year forms and instructions at www.michigan.gov/taxes.  

Taxpayers can e-file their state returns when tax season begins at the end of the month at www.mifastfile.org. The Department of Treasury reports that 84 percent of all Michigan taxpayers choose to e-file. Tax officials also note that commonly used paper forms will continue to be available at Treasury offices and most public libraries.

 

Our District

 

The 8th State Senate District is located in Macomb County and includes: Bruce Township, Chesterfield Township, Harrison Township, Lenox Township, Mt Clemens city, Ray Township, St Clair Shores city, Shelby Township, Utica city, Village of Grosse Pointe Shores.

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Senator Peter J. Lucido
3100 Connie Binsfeld Building
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

 
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