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For seniors and their families. To enhance senior living, this booklet describes state programs and services related to tax credits and additional taxation issues, Medicare and Medicaid, nursing homes and other long-term care options, consumer protection, housing, transportation, employment, and senior discount programs.Posted October 19th 2022
For Michigan veterans and their survivors and dependents. This booklet provides information about obtaining veterans benefits and services available through federal, state, and local agencies. Topics range from acquiring a home mortgage, education, employment and insurance to medical treatment and death benefits. Listings include U.S.D.V.A. medical facilities in Michigan and veterans service organizations.Posted October 17th 2022
For elementary-age children. Learn how to keep Michigan beautiful with the three Rs: reduce, reuse and recycle. Posted October 12th 2022
This publication is a resource guide to your child?s health and safety. Topics include suggestions for choosing a child care provider, common developmental milestones from birth to age 5 years, and information on SIDS, SUID and shaken baby syndrome. Basic tips for home safety and emergency preparedness are also discussed as well as a section that promotes healthy living and good nutrition habits for the entire family. I have also included information on child abuse and neglect prevention and excerpts from the Michigan Child Protection Law, as currently amended.Posted July 25th 2022
For mature adults. This booklet provides information about making a will and designating medical care preference in case of incapacity. This booklet contains forms for organ donation, the Michigan Statutory Will, and the Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, as well as a personal records form to allow family to locate important legal and personal documents.Posted May 2nd 2022
For tenants and landlords. This booklet provides a basic explanation of what happens when a rental agreement is made and serves as a helpful and informative reference tool concerning the rights and responsibilities of the tenant and the landlord.Posted October 18th 2021
For divorced parents and others interested in child welfare. The Friend of the Court oversees the welfare of children whose support, custody, and parenting time are the subject of court order because the parents are separated or divorced or they never married. This handbook describes the procedures available for all FOC offices to enforce the court’s orders to ensure protection of children’s rights to economic and emotional support.Posted October 10th 2021
For high school students and interested citizens. How do people legislate laws to govern themselves? How does an idea become a bill? What happens in the legislative process? In addition to lawmaking, what other responsibilities does the Legislature have? Answers to these and other questions are presented in this informative publication.Posted July 16th 2021
In addition to state statutes concerning firearms, this publication includes selected Michigan Attorney General Opinions that
interpret various firearms laws. Also included is a listing of selected state administrative rules that regulate the use of firearms.Posted April 28th 2021
For crime victims and adults who wish to prevent crime. In this booklet, you will find Michigan’s William Van Regenmorter Crime Victim’s Rights Act, a hierarchy of Michigan’s court system, and basic information about criminal proceedings. You will also learn how to file an application for crime victim compensation and how to join a victim notification network. For your convenience, a compilation of victim advocates and assistance organizations is listed in the back of this booklet.Posted April 1st 2021
The intent of this Citizen’s Guide is to provide the public with some of the specific information that is necessary to influence public policy. This guide contains an overview of state government, contact information for state departments and state and federal lawmakers, information about how the lawmaking process works in Michigan, and guidance about how to ensure your message reaches policymakers in the most constructive way.Posted March 30th 2021
This booklet contains information for your 2021 Michigan property taxes and 2020 individual income taxes, homestead property tax credits, farmland and open space tax relief, and the home heating credit program.Posted February 16th 2021
Michigan’s Constitution and all amendments.Posted January 10th 2021
On Tuesday, Nov. 3, you will be able to play an important role in establishing Michigan public policy. Along with the opportunity to select candidates for public office, two statewide ballot proposals will be presented for your consideration. To help familiarize you with the proposals, this mailer contains the actual language that will appear on the ballot, although it may be presented in a different format. There may be other local or regional ballot questions as well, depending on where you live. Please do not hesitate to contact my office if I can be of further service to you.Posted October 5th 2020
This report highlights some of the work we have been doing in the Senate to address these unprecedented circumstances, including help for our schools, initiatives to protect our most vulnerable residents in nursing homes, and additional support for our frontline health care workers. It also features some of the legislation I have been working on to protect the safety of residents across our state.Posted September 10th 2020
During this important election year, I wanted to give you an update on my work as Chair of the Senate Elections Committee to protect the safety and security of Michigan’s elections. I am very concerned by recent actions of the secretary of state and their potential impact on the integrity of our elections. My committee continues to investigate the unsolicited, statewide mass mailing of absentee ballot applications by the secretary of state earlier this year. We have already received hundreds of examples of applications sent to individuals who are dead, moved to other states, are noncitizens, or not of legal voting age.
Posted September 9th 2020
For parents and early elementary-age children. The message of this coloring book is . . . Be smart and be safe . . . On your bicycle, in your home, and in public. This booklet makes a proactive effort to help children to be aware of potentially harmful situations and to avoid them.Posted September 26th 2019
For younger Michiganians in grades 2 to 4. An informative coloring book for kids, it gives interesting tidbits about Michigan’s history, colorful folklore, and state symbols. Posted September 19th 2019
For the People… By the People… How State and Local Governments Operate For all citizens. To help citizens understand the organization of state and local government, this booklet gives brief descriptions of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of state government, and describes the functions of county, city, township, and village entities of local government. Additional information is provided about local financing and taxation issues.Posted September 18th 2019
For young adults. This handbook contains information for young adults graduating from high school. It discusses important topics such as establishing credit, seeking a higher education, voting, renting, and job search and career planning.Posted September 8th 2019
This publication contains information and prevention resources for any individual affected by domestic and sexual violence. Specific topics covered include myths and warning signs of domestic violence and teen dating violence, information regarding date rape drugs and sexual assault prevention, facts on stalking and cyberstalking, abuse reporting procedures, a parent or guardian?s section, suggestions for helping a friend in an abusive situation and what to consider when it?s time to leave an abusive relationship. Throughout this publication, many national, state and local crisis hotlines, professional domestic violence organizations and shelter information have been compiled for your quick reference.Posted December 7th 2018
Of general interest to all consumers. Everything you need to know about consumer rights and Michigan law: how to protect yourself from consumer fraud and how to take legal action.Posted April 23rd 2017
Today Michigan’s Capitol is nationally recognized for its extraordinary architecture and art. It stands as Michigan?s most important historic building and a proud symbol of the state.Posted November 7th 2015
An overview of Michigan’s involvement in the Civil War.Posted October 10th 2015
For teachers and junior/senior high students. Portraits of Michigan offers a fun way for you to learn about the state in which you live. With this booklet, we hope you enjoy reading about and gain pride in your home state and that you will love Michigan a little more.Posted May 20th 2015
This booklet contains the text of the Constitution of the United States with all amendments, as well as the Declaration of Independence.Posted April 1st 2011