MI State Senate District 34

Car insurance Fee to Drop by 55% for Some, Be Eliminated for Others

bumsteadEarlier this year, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 1. The bill reformed Michigan’s auto insurance law, seeking to reduce our highest-in-the-nation rates.

As a result of this new law, the annual Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA) fee of $220 will be reduced to $100 in 2020 for drivers selecting unlimited, lifetime coverage. Drivers who choose other levels of coverage will pay no annual fee at all.

SB 1 will for the first time allow Michigan drivers to determine the appropriate amount of coverage they need and will require lower rates for drivers who select limited coverage.

HEARTSafe Schools Named

from Senator Jon Bumstead’s November 1st Legislative Update

heartsafeRecently, 154 schools earned the MI HEARTSafe School designation for the 2018-19 school year.

Schools within our district that have earned the MI HEARTSafe designation include North Muskegon, Holton, Montague and Big Rapids.

To receive this designation, schools must be prepared to respond to cardiac emergencies by having:
• A written medical emergency response plan and team;
• Current CPR/AED (automated external defibrillator) certification of 10% of staff and 50% of coaches, including all head varsity coaches and physical education staff;
• Accessible and maintained AEDs;
• Annual cardiac emergency response drills; and
• Pre-participation sports screening of all student athletes.

Currently, 490 schools are designated as MI HEARTSafe Schools. For more information about the program, including a list of participating schools, visit www.Migrc.org/miheartsafe.

Senator Jon Bumstead Backs Autism Awareness Legislation

from Senator Jon Bumstead’s November 1st Legislative Update

I recently supported bipartisan legislation to help bridge the communications gap between law enforcement and people on the autism spectrum. The legislation will help officers improve their interaction with drivers with autism during a traffic stop or similar interaction.

Senate Bill 278 would allow a vehicle owner to choose to put a “Communication Impediment” designation on their vehicle registration, driver’s license or both through the Law Enforcement Information Network (LEIN) system if they or a family member is on the autism spectrum, is deaf or has hearing loss. This voluntary designation would let law enforcement know that the owner or a family member who may be in the car has autism or a hearing issue. Police officers often access the LEIN system during traffic stops; it is not available to members of the public. SB 279 would apply to a driver’s enhanced driver’s license or state ID card.

The bills have been sent to the House for consideration.

Muskegon County Superintendents Testify for Bumstead’s Education Reforms

bumsteadsuperintendentsLast month, I welcomed Fruitport Public Schools Superintendent Bob Szymoniak and Oakridge Public Schools Superintendent Thomas Livezey to Lansing to testify in support of my legislation that would reform the Michigan Merit Curriculum (MMC).

Our current requirements don’t always allow students to focus on something they find interesting or excel at.

The MMC went into effect in 2006 and created statewide requirements for all high school students. Prior to the MMC being adopted, graduation requirements were left up to the local school districts.

Senate Bills 600 and 601 would eliminate some specific merit curriculum requirements and once again place control of these decisions in the hands of local districts. Specifically, the bills would eliminate the algebra II requirement, giving students the chance to take other classes that might better prepare them for their future.

For years, a four-year degree was pushed as the only avenue to success, and that is simply not true. There are countless available careers in the trades, and many companies are desperate for qualified workers. Allowing for more flexibility in a student’s graduation requirements would provide more opportunities for students to succeed.

I want to thank superintendents Szymoniak and Livezey for making the trip to Lansing and supporting these reforms. This needs to be an effort that involves educators, administrators, parents and students, and I am happy they lent their time and were willing to be a part of this process. I look forward to hearing more input from folks in my district and across the state.

Senator Jon Bumstead Announces Upcoming Office Hours

from Senator Jon Bumstead’s November 1st Legislative Update

As your state senator, I remain committed to maintaining open communication by holding monthly office hours in various communities throughout my Senate district.

I will be available to answer questions, provide information and assistance, and take suggestions on issues affecting communities and businesses in the district.

Please feel free to stop in. No appointment is necessary. If you are unable to make it to the following dates, please contact my office at SenatorJonBumstead.com or call 517-373-1635, and we will get something set up for you.

Upcoming office hours are as follows:

Friday, Dec. 13
9 – 10 a.m.
Sullivan Township Hall
8138 Heights Ravenna Road

11 a.m. – noon
Ravenna Village Hall
12090 Crockery Creek Drive

Bumstead Supports New Laws in the Fight Against Opioid Abuse

jbumsteadThe opioid crisis continues to impact families and communities. In 2017, there were more deaths from drug overdoses than car accidents in Michigan. Over 70% of these deaths were opioid-related.

I recently supported legislation — now law — to allow governmental agencies to possess and administer what’s called an opioid antagonist to someone suspected of suffering an opioid overdose. The drug reverses the effects of an overdose and can help save lives, especially if it is available before emergency medical help arrives. The new laws will allow employees in public places, such as libraries and universities, to be properly trained and granted civil immunity to administer anti-overdose drugs in good faith.

More information for families and individuals about the opioid crisis is available at www.michigan.gov/opioids. The site features information on finding and getting help, including maps showing the location of licensed treatment centers and takeback sites for disposing of unneeded medication.

Hansen Named Michigan Trails Legislator of the Year

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, (left) on Thursday received the Michigan Trails Legislator of the Year Award at the Capitol for his work advancing Michigan trails policy.

The Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance honored Hansen for his sponsorship of the Pure Michigan Trails legislation and legislation updating the state’s railbanking program; for providing for volunteer liability protection; and for his work to affirm the role of trail councils and the value of trails as a public good in a community.

“Michigan’s unmatched system of non-motorized trails offers a marvelous opportunity for those interested in exploring the natural beauty of Pure Michigan,” said Hansen, chairman of the Senate Outdoor Recreation Committee. “It has been a delight to work on legislation promoting our trails, and receiving this award is a great honor.”

Michigan Trails also recognized Hansen as a key proponent of renaming the Hart-Montague Trail in honor of William Field, who purchased the former railroad and donated it for trail use to the state of Michigan.

Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague, also received the Legislator of the Year Award for her work as chairwoman of the House Outdoor Recreation Committee; for being a vocal trail advocate for the Muskegon area; and for being a main sponsor of the e-bike bills and bike safety package.

This is the first year of the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance’s annual award program recognizing the exemplary leadership of trail advocates across the state who have helped Michigan become the number one trails state in the nation.