Summer is just around the corner! As I prepare new legislation, I want to hear about your priorities. Tomorrow, Saturday June 1st, I will be hosting a Coffee Hour from 10-11 a.m. at the Manchester Library and would love to see you there. We will be discussing auto insurance reform, the budget and any other issues you would like to hear about.
My office is reachable by phone at (517) 373-0828, email or by coming to one of our District events. Upcoming coffee hours, celebrations and town halls are listed below – hope to see you there!
Ending Payroll Fraud
Despite the hard work and long hours Michiganders put in to get ahead, thousands fall victim to payroll fraud each year. The laws on our books haven’t been updated in almost 40 years, which allows bad actors to take advantage of loopholes and shortchanges our state’s working families of their hard-earned money. New legislation will require companies committing payroll fraud to be subject to an audit at the violator’s expense. It will also require employers to pay employees back for wrongfully withheld wages and overtime. I am proud to stand up for workers’ rights so that every man and woman in Michigan can keep the paycheck they worked for.
Auto Insurance Reform in Michigan
This last week, Gov. Whitmer signed Senate Bill 1 into law at the Mackinac Policy Conference. As the first reform bill for Michigan’s Auto Insurance Law in decades, this bill makes sweeping changes to Michigan’s Auto Insurance System. It moves drivers onto a tiered system of insurance coverage where individuals select their level of coverage. It also provides more consumer protections by prohibiting insurance companies from using non-driving rating factors like gender, marital status, and credit score. As we move forward on this issue, I will continue to fight for the protections and care that Michigan drivers need to stay safe on our roads.
Preventing Drug Abuse
The House of Representatives passed a bill to keep cough medicine containing dextromethorphan (DXM) out of the hands of children. I voted in support of this bill because the over-the-counter cough medicines can be abused as recreational drugs. Keeping our kids safe and healthy is one of my top priorities. I will continue to vote for policies that prioritize youth safety in Michigan.
Upcoming Time with Donna
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Coffee Hour at Manchester Library
When: Saturday, June 1, from 10-11 a.m.
Where: Manchester Library
912 City Road in Manchester
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Coffee Hour in Scio Township
When: Saturday, June 22, from 10-11 a.m.
Where: Joe and Rosie Coffee and Tea
8074 Main St. in Dexter
I love meeting constituents at coffee hours. Just recently, we got together at Carrigan Coffee in Saline to talk about the budget, mental health and education. We have a coffee hour on June 1 and more coming up throughout the summer – I would love to see you there!
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What to Do in 52
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Book Reading at Saline Library
Through the Eyes of Rose: A Mother’s Flight to Freedom in a Memory Mosaic is John Kozak’s emotional retelling of his mother’s struggle to feed her family during the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia, and an escape from the Communist takeover of their native country. Join John Kozak as he discusses his book.
When: Tuesday, June 4, from 7-8 p.m.
Where: Saline Public Library
555 N. Maple Road in Saline
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Chelsea Painter’s Art Fair
Join artists and collectors from across the Midwest for the 39th annual Chelsea Painter’s Art Fair! Every year, Chelsea hosts artists who range in design from painting to sculpture to pottery. Get your next favorite piece or window shop your way around the fair.
When: Saturday, June 8 to Sunday, June 9
Where: In the Silver Maples’ Courtyard
100 Silver Maples Dr. in Chelsea
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Manchester Farmer’s Market
The Farmers’ Market in Manchester is open again for the Summer. Visit your favorite local farmers and pick up some great produce while you’re at it. Swing by on June 6 to see the fantastic Mastodon Farm Goats among the market goers.
When: Thursdays from 3:30 – 7 p.m.
Where: Chi-Bro Park
209 Ann Arbor St. in Manchester
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Library of Michigan’s Summer Reading List is out!
Keep up to date with the latest books and interesting reads over the summer with the Library of Michigan’s Summer Reading List. They’ve selected books with the theme, A Universe of Stories, for all reading levels. Most public libraries support the Summer Reading Program where you can win prizes and join in discussion groups.
Website: Summer Reading Program
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The Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service (MPAS)
MPAS is an organization dedicated to helping individuals living with disabilities. In the vast network of service providers and care specialists, MPAS is a nonprofit that can help you navigate resources to find the best care program for yourself or a loved one. They work with adults and minors to provide referrals, group training and selected legal representation. With an extensive knowledge of the resources available in Michigan, they can help you craft a plan that’s right for you.
Phone: (517) 487-1755
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Need to Safely Dispose Unused Medications?
If you have old pills sitting in your medicine cabinet, you can safely and anonymously dispose them at Michigan State Police Posts through their Big Red Barrel Project. There are locations for participating Police Posts listed on their website where you can drop off any unused pills.
I hope that this information has been helpful and that we will see you at future events.
State Representative Donna Lasinski
House District 52