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LEGISLATIVE UPDATES
I hope this message finds you doing well and in good spirits for the holiday season. The Michigan Legislature is winding down for the year, although there is still much to be discussed and voted on both in the House and the Senate.
Recently, I am pleased to say that a bill I sponsored in the House passed in October. It is a bill that gives youth of the Michigan Youth Challenge Academy a fresh start if they successfully complete the program. The MYCA, located in Fort Custer, is a 22-week residential program that gives teens from across the state a chance to be in a structured, military- style environment.
The bill simplifies the process gradu- ates of the program use to have their juvenile court convictions set aside. Some of these same students are eligible to receive their diploma from Marshall Schools, and it sets this next generation of youth on a course to achieve great things in life.
Do you have any family members who are currently dealing with having to pay driver’s responsibility fees? In November, a bipartisan bill package to put an end
to driver responsibility fees and forgive outstanding debt in Michigan was passed by the House. The fees resulted from legislation passed by a previous admin- istration in 2003 scrambling to fill a hole in the state budget. Instead of responsibly
budgeting available funds, the Legislature established the burdensome fees that have left many Michiganders at or near the poverty level.
Fees range from $100 for having seven or more points on one’s license to $500 for two years for drunken driving offenses, to a $1,000 fee for each of two years for the most serious driving offens- es causing injury or death while driving. Those fees are on top of normal fines and court costs imposed by judges.
These fees don’t make anyone a better driver. They simply force people to live under a cloud of debt relying heavily on public assistance. It’s a nonsensical law that never should have been enacted.
Under the newly passed legislation, the fees will end Oct. 1, 2018 and all out- standing debt will be forgiven. The bills now go to the Senate for consideration.
My hope in 2018 is to get some trac- tion in the House on another one of my bills, regarding biosimilar medications, substitute medications at a lower cost to citizens. There are about 36 other states in the country that have legislation on this topic, and I hope Michigan can move for- ward with this conversation, too.
Have a great holiday season, and please reach out to my office with any concerns at (517) 373-0555. Lastly, my coffee hour in Albion will be from 9:15- 10am December 15 at Albion City Hall and from 8-9am December 23 at Lux Café in Battle Creek.
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STATE CAPITOL
State Rep. John Bizon, M.D., District 62
Look Your Best
for the Holidays
By: Troy Huggett
I do have an extremely effective two- step method for losing belly fat faster than ever. Utilize it to look and feel your best this holiday season.
This deadly, fat-incinerating method fights fat simultaneously on two sepa- rate fronts for maximum effectiveness: your sugar intake and your high inten- sity workouts.
First: Stop consuming refined sugar.
This means no sodas, no desserts, no packaged snacks, no candy, no mocha lattes... No refined sugar at all!
When you stop to evaluate your diet,
it may be shocking to find out how much refined sugar has crept in. Nothing will contribute to fat gains as swiftly as con- suming sugar, so it makes sense that cut- ting sugar out is the top must-do for shed- ding those unwanted pounds.
It’s not necessary, or beneficial, to starve yourself during this time of rapid
fat loss – you should fill in your diet with lean meats, vegetables, nuts, and seeds as you cut out the refined sugar. Keep your metabolism high by fueling up on high protein, high fiber, low carb, and zero sugar foods whenever hunger strikes.
Second: Crank up the intensity of your workouts to a whole new level.
If you can comfortably hold a conversa- tion, hardly break a sweat, or feel the same when it’s over as you did when it began, then you’re simply not pushing yourself hard enough while you exercise.
I’ve got some news for you... if you still have belly fat to lose then the job isn’t getting done.
Increasing the intensity of your work- outs requires focused intent. You must go into the session with the goal of pushing your body to the limit. Remember, it’s
a contained time frame that will be over shortly, so bear down and deal with the discomfort. With practice you will learn to embrace the burn.
BARRY COUNTY COMMISSION ON AGING
Friendship Center Locations:
Hastings COA Building:
(269) 948-4856 Mon-Fri 10 am-2pm
Main St. Banquets:
(517) 213-9212 Mon-Fri 10:30am-1pm
Delton Faith United Methodist Church
(269) 579-3918 11:00am-1pm
Woodland Eagles Club:
(269) 367-4041
Mon, Wed & Fri 10:30am-1pm
• Home Delivered Meals. For homebound seniors that are unable to pre- pare meals, can receive delicious meals at home. Special diets available.
• Senior Center Activities including line dancing, card making, beading,
cards, bingo, and many others.
• Senior Meal Choice Dining. Restaurant-based senior dining program.
• Chore Service provides minor home repair for seniors.
There are many more activities and opportunities to volunteer your time and talents! Just Call Barry County Commission on Aging for more information.
320 West Woodlawn Avenue, Hastings, MI 49058 Phone: (269) 948-4856 | Fax: (269) 948-3336 E-Mail: bccoa@barrycounty.org | www.barrycounty.org
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