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Dear Friends,

Since my last e-newsletter, I have presided over numerous hearings of the Senate Advice and Consent Committee on gubernatorial appointments, chaired several very productive Judiciary and Public Safety Committee meetings, participated in Oversight Committee hearings on Executive Order 2019-02, attended another month of Senate sessions, and succeeded in having Senate Bills 2 and 3, of which I am the sponsor, passed by the Senate as the first and second bills reported out of the chamber in Michigan’s 100th legislative session.

I have been busy “back home in Macomb,” as well. I had the opportunity to speak with the students, staff and families at my alma mater, De La Salle Collegiate High School, about how my education and experiences as a student laid the foundation on which I would build my life. I also: presented a legislative update to the members and guests of the Macomb County Chamber of Commerce; served as a panelist for a discussion on the potential impact of recreational marijuana in Michigan; and appeared as a special guest on Let It Rip (WJBK/Fox 2) and Spotlight on the News (WXYZ/ABC 7).

These events represent just a portion of the many meetings, discussions, events and activities in which I am blessed to have the opportunity to participate, as your state senator. If you would like to follow more of my day-to-day activities you can follow me on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or my website.

You can also call my office toll-free at (855) 347-8008 or send an email to SenPLucido@senate.michigan.gov. I have organized and staffed my Lansing office to be a “user friendly” source of information and assistance for the Eighth Senate District.

Sincerely,

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Peter J. Lucido
State Senator
8th District

Senate approves Lucido’s civil asset forfeiture reform

 

Senate Bill 2, of which I am the sponsor, was approved with bi-partisan support by a 36-2 margin by the Senate.

Senate Bill 2 would require a person to be convicted of or plead guilty to a crime before the seized property can be sold-off by law enforcement. An individual’s personal property would be returned if they are not charged or found not guilty.

Law enforcement in Michigan seized about $13 million in assets in 2017, according to a Michigan State Police report. Out of the 1,700 forfeiture proceedings, only 43 percent of those whose property was seized and forfeited were charged and convicted of a crime.

The legislation has been passed by the Senate and forwarded to the House of Representatives, where it has already received a hearing and been reported out of the House Judiciary Committee. It currently awaits action on the House Floor.

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Senator Peter J. Lucido gives an update on Senate Bill 2.

Lucido welcomes guests for State of the State

 

I was honored to have Ms. Maggie Varney and her husband, Mr. Robert Bielet, of St. Clair Shores, as my guests for Governor Whitmer’s first State of the State address. Maggie is the founder and CEO of Maggie’s Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan, which provides free wig services for children struggling with health challenges that result in hair loss.

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It was also my honor to have Chesterfield Township Trustee David Joseph as my guest for this year’s State of the State address. David is a good friend and great public servant.

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(L to R) David LeDuc, Judge Denis LeDuc, Senator Peter J. Lucido, and Trustee David Joseph

Lucido leads review of Governor’s Appointees

 

As the Chairman of the Committee on Advice and Consent, I recently presided over hearings on the MDOT director, Michigan State Police Director, State Treasurer, director of Michigan’s Department of Technology, director of the Department of Management and Budget, director of MDHHS, director of the Department of Insurance and director of the Department of Agriculture.

Senate committee meetings and hearings can be live-streamed or viewed on-demand from the Michigan Senate website, at https://misenate.viebit.com/.

Lucido reacts to State of the State

 

Here is are my initial thoughts, following Governor Whitmer’s first State of the State address, in a quick, one minute video.

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Lucido’s Senate Bill 3 to clarify eviction procedures approved by Judiciary Committee

 

A bill I sponsored, Senate Bill 3, was recently voted out of committee with unanimous support and is expected to be taken-up before the full Senate in coming days.

Senate Bill 3 would clarify the eviction process to better the rights of tenants and landlords. My bill would allow eviction notices to be executed only by a court officer, bailiff, or deputy sheriff in order to ensure that the eviction process is carried out by trained professionals. This will better protect the rights, premise and property, as well as the safety, of all involved.

Raise the Age

 

Michigan is one of only four states that currently prosecutes all 17-year-olds as adults. Seventeen-year-olds are unable to enter into a binding contract, buy a lottery ticket, or vote, yet, they are legally considered adults in the eyes of the criminal justice system.

Senate Bills 84 and 90-102, would raise the age of juvenile jurisdiction from 17 to 18 years of age in order to bring the criminal justice system in Michigan into line with the vast majority of other states, and aspects of Michigan's laws.

The 14-bill ‘Raise the Age’ plan would amend Michigan’s Probate Code, the Code of Criminal Procedure, the Juvenile Diversion Act, the Youth Rehabilitation Act, the Mental Health Code, and the Indigent Defense Commission Act, and formally recognize that a 17-year-old should be considered a juvenile for purposes of adjudication or prosecution of most criminal offenses, while giving prosecutors the ability to charge individuals as adults in cases involving more serious crimes.

This is a bipartisan and bicameral package that has broad support in the legislature.

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You may watch the press conference announcing the Raise the Age bill package here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bN6idrcOZfM.

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Home heating credit application process underway

 

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 www.michigan.gov/incometax (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.

 

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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