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I am extremely humbled to be able to continue to serve as your state senator. To best serve you, I want to ensure you are keeping informed. I hope this monthly e-newsletter will serve that purpose. Thank you for taking the time to review it!

As always, my staff and I are always available to serve you! Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need any assistance.

Serving with and for you,

Senate Majority Leader
Mike Shirkey




Several new laws impacting schools, health care and veterans that passed late last year take effect in March, including:

Public Act 418 of 2018 allows individuals with certain skills, certification or professional experience to substitute teach. There is a serious shortage of substitute teachers in Michigan. The new law makes more qualified individuals available to substitute teach in difficult-to-fill areas.

Public Act 463 of 2018 opens more access to dental care by creating a new class of health providers, called dental therapists, to give routine dental care under the supervision of a dentist. A dentist can choose to employ a dental therapist in their practice to provide preventive and basic restorative care. More than 90 percent of Michigan counties contain a dental shortage area.

Public Act 669 of 2018 waives the fee for veterans who want to get a state identification card. Many veterans are on a fixed income and every little bit helps. A state ID with their veteran designation as proof of service can help someone obtain discounts and other benefits that many businesses provide to veterans.



Please visit to view a complete list of current and past bills and resolutions.





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Thank you to all of the great schools in our district that celebrated March is Reading Month!

I love the privilege of going into schools and helping teachers impress upon their students the importance of “learning and loving to read.”

This year we adopted a Paul Bunyan theme, outfit and book, and we directly reached about 600 kids in classrooms and assemblies.



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On March 7 the Camden-Frontier Fourth-Grade Choir visited the Capitol. Many stopped and listened to these awesome voices fill the halls of the people’s building. What a great group of young people! Our future is bright in their hands.



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Eight students from Reading High School Youth in Government participated in the four-day Youth in Government Experience at the Michigan Capitol. We are all so proud to have these young people from our district get involved and learn about the legislative process. We hope to see you back next year!





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My office offers a free resource that may be helpful in filling out state income tax forms for the 2018 tax year.

Though not a substitute for the Michigan Department of Treasury tax instruction booklets, the 2019 Michigan Taxpayer’s Guide contains information on the Michigan individual income tax, including state income tax credits, and the property tax. Please visit the Publications page on my website for a link to the tax guide or contact my office for a print copy.


Coffee hours

We will be hosting two coffee hours this month, both on April 29. Please take a look at the information below. We hope to see you there!

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Your 16th Senate District Map

The 16th State Senate District includes the counties of Branch, Hillsdale, and Jackson.

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Thank you for subscribing to my electronic newsletter! I am honored to represent you in the state Senate. 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 16th District E-news. You may sign up for it also at my website.

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey
S-106 Capitol Building
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

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