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Dear Friends and Neighbors:

As I visit with people throughout West Michigan, I hear repeatedly and know firsthand about the need to lower auto insurance rates. I’m very glad to share with you that our top priority, Senate Bill 1, is to reduce auto insurance rates.

I look forward to working on your behalf to strengthen our economy, lower auto insurance rates, fix our roads and defend our West Michigan values. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any ideas or if I can be helpful with state government issues.


Aric Nesbitt

Nesbitt sworn in as state senator for the 26th District

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Sen. Aric Nesbitt, R-Lawton, was recently sworn in to his first term as a Michigan state senator.

With his wife and family members by his side, he was sworn in using his great-great-great-grandfather Thomas Nesbitt’s Bible, printed in 1834.

Nesbitt was sworn in by Michigan Supreme Court Justice Stephen J. Markman, who was his constitutional law professor at Hillsdale College.

Nesbitt announces additional committee assignments


Committee hearings are one of the most important things legislators do in Lansing. The committee process is where the people who are affected by changes in the law have a chance to come voice their support or opposition or simply share their thoughts on an issue affecting the state.

Nesbitt has been appointed to serve on the following committees during the 100th Legislature:

• Committee on Regulatory Reform (chair);
• Appropriations Subcommittee on Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (chair);
• Committee on Finance (vice chair);
• Committee on Appropriations;
• Committee on Advice and Consent;
• Committee on Energy and Technology;
• Committee on Insurance and Banking; and
• Committee on Government Operations.

Nesbitt will also serve as Senate president pro tempore and lead the Senate in its day-to-day business.

You can view a full list of Senate committees and their memberships online at Click on the Committees tab.

Nesbitt sponsors legislation to reduce auto insurance rates


Nesbitt recently introduced Senate Bill 1 to reduce Michigan’s highest-in-the-nation auto insurance rates.

SB 1 would provide relief for consumers by addressing the root causes of Michigan’s excessive car insurance rates. The bill would allow drivers over the age of 62 the option of allowing Medicare or their other lifetime health care benefits to cover medical costs. It would also give younger drivers the ability to choose an amount of coverage that suits their needs and budget. Savings would correspond to the chosen benefit level.

The bill also aims for greater transparency and equity in health provider billing practices. Auto insurers pay significantly more to hospitals and other health care providers than do other insurers for the same treatments and services, resulting in costs that are ultimately passed on to Michigan drivers.

The legislation has been referred to the Senate Committee on Insurance and Banking for further consideration.

Nesbitt: Budget bill funds key projects


Higher-than-expected tax revenue generated by Michigan’s healthy economy allowed the Legislature to direct additional funds to some important projects late last year.

The supplemental budget bill allocated extra money for many of our priorities, including:

• Another $114 million in road funding;
• $52 million to help upgrade the Soo Locks;
• An added $20 million to tackle PFAS contamination;
• $25 million more for school safety grants; and
• $20 million to hire more Child Protective Services workers.

Another $100 million was added to the “rainy day” fund to beef up the state’s savings account. The new investments in transportation, public safety, schools and other areas will help improve the lives of all Michigan families.

The spending bill is now Public Act 618 of 2018.

January Events in the 26th District


Nesbitt visits Kentwood Candied Yam for reopening celebration

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Nesbitt recently stopped in to Kentwood Candied Yam to congratulate Jessica Ann and the Candied Yam crew on their grand reopening after expanding their operations.

Nesbitt, local officials honor Van Buren County treasurer

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Nesbitt joined local officials from Van Buren County in awarding Karen Makay with a special tribute commemorating her 22 years of service as Van Buren County’s treasurer.

Area legislators visit Wyoming-Kentwood Chamber

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Nesbitt recently visited the Wyoming-Kentwood Chamber of Commerce to discuss local and state issues with fellow area legislators.

Legislators updated local leaders on current issues in Lansing.

Plainwell celebrates 150th Anniversary

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The city of Plainwell recently celebrated their 150th anniversary.

Nesbitt joined the celebration and presented local leaders with a legislative tribute on behalf of himself and state Rep. Mary Whiteford.

Nesbitt visits Michigan West Coast Chamber, WHTC

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Earlier this month, Nesbitt sat on a legislative panel at the Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce and then provided a legislative update to listeners on WHTC radio.

He discussed lowering the cost of auto insurance and passing a balanced state budget, on time, while prioritizing paying down debt and investing in roads.

Reserve campsites online

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Warm, sunny weather may seem far away in January, but it’s not too early to think about booking a campsite at a Michigan state park!

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds campers that many popular sites fill up early, especially those closer to the water. Campsite reservations can be made up to six months prior to the date of arrival online at

2019 is the 100-year anniversary of Michigan state parks. Find more information on our natural and recreational treasures at A state recreation passport is needed for park entry; campsite fees are extra.

Prepare for state 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

Taxpayers can e-file their state returns when tax season begins at the end of the month at 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.

Michigan's 26th Senate District


The 26th State Senate District includes all of Allegan and Van Buren counties, as well as the city of Kentwood and Gaines Township in Kent County.

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Senator Aric Nesbitt
6100 Connie Binsfeld Building
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

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