Inaugural "Hansen Hotspots" Tour concludes in Muskegon County
I recently completed the final leg of the inaugural "Hansen Hotspots" tour through the 34th state senate district which ended in Muskegon County. As chairman of the Senate Committee on Outdoor Recreation and Tourism, it was an honor to help promote all of the wonderful amenities and local businesses who are contributing to the success of our local economy.
We began the day at the Causeway Rehabilitation Site near Goodrich Park in Whitehall, and traveled to: Duck Lake State Park; the LST 393 in Muskegon; Heritage Landing; stopped at the Culinary Institution of Michigan, West Michigan Symphony, The Russell Block, and Downtown Farmer's Market; Pere Marquette Park; Mona Lake City Park; Ryke's Bakery; Muskegon County Fairgrounds; and concluded in Ravenna at Jawors Brothers Blueberries.
Thank you to everyone for their gracious hospitality in allowing us to spotlight their local "Hotspot" this summer!
Senate Committee visits Muskegon Community College to take up Hansen bill that would clarify state's Promise Zone scholarship program.
As a member of the Senate Economic Development Committee, I was honored to have my fellow colleagues come to Muskegon to discuss a bill I've authored that would strengthen Muskegon's scholarship program. We received great testimony from a variety of local stakeholders who support making improvements to this statewide scholarship program. Senate Bill 312 would clarify the requirements of Michigan Promise Zone scholarship programs throughout the state.
The Promise Zone scholarships, made possible by the creation of 10 promise zones across the state under the Michigan Promise Zone Authority Act of 2009, are intended as additional financial resources for eligible students to use toward a post-secondary education. Senate Bill 312 would help school districts and other eligible entities generate the money necessary to fund the scholarships.
Hansen pharmacy bill sent to House
The state Senate recently approved a measure that could pave the way for new approaches to the way medical prescriptions are delivered. Senate Bill 373 would enable pharmacies to conduct pilot projects that could utilize new or expanded technology or processes to provide patients with better pharmacy products in a more efficient manner. HomeTown Pharmacy initially brought the issue to my attention as they have innovative ideas that could enhance the level of pharmaceutical services to residents in our area and across the state.
In the pharmacy industry, new technologies and practices have the potential to improve access to products and services for the consumer. Currently, automated machines are allowed to dispense prescription drugs in limited designated facilities, such as hospitals, hospices and nursing homes. Michigan pharmacists are required to be available for questions from customers each time a new prescription is dispensed, regardless of the location. However, Michigan law does not take into consideration technology that would allow the customer to communicate with a pharmacist via a video screen. By authorizing the Michigan Board of Pharmacy to conduct a pilot project, dispensing machines could be installed to allow customers to have access to pharmacists via video.
Authorizing pilot projects, such as the use of video technology, gives pharmacies the ability to explore innovative ideas on a small scale under controlled conditions. If these ideas are successful, they could then be offered across Michigan. Doctors will still be the ones prescribing the medication. Pharmacies will simply fill those prescriptions. A patient's relationship with his or her doctor remains vital to ensure patient safety and effective health care.
Highlights from Senator Hansen's Recent Schedule
I continue to be honored to represent the constituents of the 34th district. I've had the opportunity to recently visit with many different groups and participate in various district events taking place in our communities.
| Volunteered at the Newaygo County Habitat project in Fremont
| Participated in the Senior Marketing Group's (SMG) Senior Community Day at Baker College.
It was a privilege to honor our veterans at the recent Hospice of Michigan Veterans Pinning Ceremony at The Village at Park Terrace Senior Community in Muskegon. Military families deserve our heartfelt gratitude every day!
| Partnered with at&t to support the United Way of the Lakeshore
| Mission for Area People
Volunteered at the "Backpacks for Kids" event at Mission for Area People in Muskegon.
Toured the Michigan Agricultural Commodities, Inc. facility in Newaygo.
| I recently hosted officials from the MI Unemployment Insurance Agency who came to the Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center and offered a free seminar for area employers to acquaint them about the unemployment insurance system in Michigan. Anyone who missed it can call the Office of the Employer Ombudsman at 1-855-484-2636 or email OEO@michigan.gov.
| Toured the Ravenna Ductile Iron Foundry
| Farmer's Market Day at the Capitol