Dear Neighbor,

Here is some information that I hope you will find helpful, including some updates and news from your state government.

CDC Recommends Indoor Masking in 33 Michigan Counties Including Ingham

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that vaccinated individuals wear masks indoors in areas with high or substantial COVID-19 transmission rates. Ingham County is one of 33 counties in Michigan where indoor masks are now recommended. Getting vaccinated remains the best way to protect yourself from COVID-19, including the hyper-transmissible delta variant. You can find a vaccine appointment in your area here.

MI Residents Get 120 Day Extension on Drivers License, State ID Renewal

Residents whose driver’s license or state ID card expired between April and July will have an additional 120 days to renew without being charged late fees. The bills (Senate Bills 507508 and 509) enacting this grace period were signed into law by Gov. Whitmer on Thursday, July 29.

SOS offices are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday and Thursday, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Although the Secretary of State is open by appointment only, greeters are on hand at each branch office to help people schedule appointments. Appointments can also be scheduled online or by calling (888) SOS-MICH.

Community Hall Renamed After Longtime Fair Director Terry J. Brail

Last night, I attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly named Terry J. Brail Community Hall on the Ingham County Fairgrounds. Terry served for 15 years as the executive director of the Ingham County Fair. Under Terry’s leadership, significant improvements were made to the grounds while increasing fair revenue. He passed away last year, but his dedication and passion for our community will be remembered.

Upcoming Event: In-Person Coffee Hour

Please join me for an in-person coffee hour this Monday, Aug. 9, from 10-11 a.m., at the Sam Corey Senior Center (2108 Cedar St. in Holt). I will give a legislative update and answer any questions you may have. Please email with any questions or topics you would like covered. I look forward to speaking with you all soon.

Please don’t hesitate to contact my office at (517) 373-0587 or by email at if we can help.


Kara Hope

State Representative

House District 67