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Dear Friends,

I’ve enjoyed the longer daylight hours, and I’m looking forward to spring. Daylight saving time begins on Sunday, March 10; spring begins on March 20 and Easter will be here in several weeks. I hope you’re enjoying your 2019.

I’m settling into my new role in Lansing as your senator. In this month’s newsletter, I’ve got some legislative updates to discuss and I’d like to highlight some things happening in the district.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 517-373-2426 or by email at senjbizon@senate.michigan.gov. If you are in Lansing, please feel free to stop by my office, room 3400 in the Binsfeld Office Building.

Sincerely,

John Bizon
State Senator
19th District

 

Upcoming District Office Hours

It’s extremely important that I am able to connect one-on-one with my constituents on a regular basis. Please join me for a conversation on state government, an issue you’re having with a state department or just to say hello. Throughout the year, I’ll host office hours in various communities in the district.

HASTINGS
10 to 11 a.m.
Friday, March 8
Hastings City Hall
201 E. State St.

 

Bizon welcomes guests to State of the State

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I had the honor of welcoming guests to the Michigan State of the State Address on Feb. 12.

Many thanks to Andrea Boughton, Calhoun County Farm Bureau president, and Fred Jacobs, publisher of J-ad Graphics, for attending.

 

Bizon pays tribute to Blue Star Mothers

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I 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 available to seniors, others

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 near the bottom of the page), 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.

 

Bizon coffee hour in Marshall hosts nearly 20 residents

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One of my February coffee hours was held in Marshall at Outside the Box Functional Medicine and Wellness Café, where Dr. Lori Zettell is the owner.

I met Eleanor Mrak, a Marshall High School student, whose goal is to build a Girl Scout monument in Washington, D.C. She is pictured here with her parents, Jodie and William Mrak III.

My office has connected Eleanor with some key people in Washington to help make her dream a reality. Good luck to Eleanor in her endeavors!

 

Calhoun County residents attend Farm Bureau reception

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Calhoun County farmers Barb Frederick (left) and Kim Kerr (right) attended the Michigan Farm Bureau Legislative Reception on Tuesday, Feb. 26.

The reception was filled with Michiganders who are passionate about Farm Bureau policy issues affecting agriculture.

They spent their day hearing from expert speakers, having conversations with legislative and regulatory leaders about Farm Bureau policy and meeting with other Farm Bureau members with shared interests.

 

Bizon’s sponsored bill part of feature article on pregnant mothers

If you get a moment, please read this article published by the Pew Research Center. It highlights the growing concern regarding opioid and methamphetamine use and how stimulants such as these promote risky sexual behavior, increasing the likelihood of women contracting sexually transmitted diseases while pregnant.

My bill that was signed into law in 2018 addresses pregnant women being tested for STDs in the third trimester, significantly reducing the chances of babies being born with syphilis or HIV.

 

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Michigan's 19th Senate District

The 19th State Senate District includes all of Barry, Calhoun, and Ionia counties.

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Thank you for subscribing to my electronic newsletter! I am honored to represent you in the 19th Senate District of Michigan. 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 19th District E-news. You may sign up for it also at my website.

 

 
Senator John Bizon, M.D.
3400 Connie Binsfeld Building
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

 
Visit my website at: SenatorJohnBizon.com