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The first Senate bill of the new legislative term addresses the num- ber one problem for many Michigan motorists – the high cost of auto insurance.
According to the Michigan Department of Treasury, 315,000 state residents applied for the credit last year and the average credit was $191. The heating credit is funded by a federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program block grant.
23,000 SQUARE FEET OF QUALITY arrangements
Michigan drivers pay the highest car insurance rates in the country, averag- ing more than 80 percent higher than the national average. While the issue has been debated for some time, new legislation could finally help fix the problem and modernize the system. Senate Bill 1 would reduce the cost of auto insurance, offer more insurance options and ensure accident victims have the medical care they need.
Some of the goals of the Senate auto insurance reform include allowing drivers to choose the personal injury protection coverage that best meets their needs and budget; reducing med-
As always, if you have any issues navigating the state offices in Lansing, please call my office at (517) 373-2426 and we would be glad to assist you.
This first real time I'd invited Calhoun County Sheriff's Detective Jon Pignataro as my State of the State guest. Detective Pignataro accompa- nied me on the House floor and to sev- eral receptions around the Capitol.
Delton Faith United Methodist Church
(269) 579-3918 11:00am-1pm
Governor Whitmer spoke of many plans she has for road and water infra- structure, K-12 education, and higher education reform. It was remarkable who stood and applauded and who didn't during her speech.
Hastings COA Building:
Following the speech I was herded into a pressroom and directed to com- pete with other lawmakers to get the attention of Lansing journalists. Mostly the legislative upperclassmen got the first chance at the TV cameras, and
we rookie lawmakers were left to wait until next time.
(517) 213-9212 Mon-Fri 10:30am-1pm
(269) 367-4041
Mon, Wed & Fri 10:30am-1pm
Finally there was the drive home - I couldn't see much of anything through the blowing snow on M-78, but I made it to Bellevue, and then to Battle Creek,
State Rep. Jim Haadsma (D-Battle Creek) joined by Calhoun County Deputy Sheriff Jonathan Pignataro for Gov. Whitmer's first State of the State address in the Capitol in Lansing on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. (Photo courtesy of House Democrats.)
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: |
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State Senator John Bizon, M.D., District 19
My hope is that you’ve been able to remain warm during our wintery, blustery cold couple of months. The Michigan Legislature had a couple of days of weather-related closure due to the Governor’s State of Emergency declaration in February. That rarely happens – so many businesses were closed for multiple days and many events were canceled.
ical cost inflation related to auto insur- ance claims; cracking down on fraud and conflicts of interest; and allowing seniors on Medicare to use that cover- age to cover their medical costs.
Complex Medical
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If you need help with any of these conditions, you may benefit from an inpatient skilled nursing rehabiliatation stay.
Heartland Health Care Center – Battle Creek
 Antiques & collectibles  Homemade jams, honey
& maple syrup
 Silk & dried floral
If you are an essential worker and worked during our recent polar vortex, thank you for serving the people of Michigan. We appreciate the work you do to keep the public safe. Hopefully March will bring us warmer temperatures.
By making car insurance more affordable, the legislation also aims to reduce the number of uninsured drivers. SB 1 has been referred to the Senate Committee on Insurance and Banking for consideration. I will keep you posted on any movement of this bill in the future.
What’s happening in Lansing in the Michigan Legislature?
Finally, for those who are eligible for the Michigan Home Heating Credit, applications are now being processed for the 2018 tax year. The credit helps low-income seniors and other resi- dents with their winter energy bills. More information, including forms
and instructions, is available at www. or call (517) 636-4486. Individuals may apply for the credit even if they do not file a Michigan tax return.
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State Rep. Jim Haadsma, M.D., District 62
Tuesday evening, February 12, was my first experience on the Michigan House floor for a Michigan governor's State of the State address.
Please contact me in Lansing at (517) 373-0555, or by jimhaadsma@ I'm here in Lansing to work for you!"
Someone asked me, "Is this your first State of the State?" I answered, not unlike a lawyer, "Kind of," because technically I'd attended a State of
the State address back in 1997, as then-Representative Mark Schauer's guest, but it was long ago, and I was up in the balcony back then, so I didn't think that ought to count.
My in-district office hours are coming up soon near your community. Please visit my website, www.senator-, for more information. My next in-district office hour is from 10-11am Friday, March 8, at Hastings City Hall, 201 E. State Street, in Hastings.
Open 7 Days A Week, 10am - 5pm  Braided rugs Gift Certificates & Layaway Available  Yarn shoppe
and back to Lansing for more the next day.
100+ SHOPPES UNDER ONE ROOF!  Primitive giftware  Amish log furniture
Call For Dealer Space Availability  Baby giftware
RV & Bus Parking  Hand built furniture
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Friendship Center Locations:
(269) 948-4856 Mon-Fri 10 am-2pm
Main St. Banquets:
Woodland Eagles Club:
• 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,
 18” Doll clothes  Country decor

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