The past few weeks have been busy in the House of Representatives. I have been working on passing a variety of legislation that supports all Michiganders and interacting with constituents across the 52nd District. I look forward to seeing many of you at my upcoming district events in the next few months.
Child Care Stabilization Grant
On Nov. 8, Gov. Whitmer announced the launch of the Child Care Stabilization Grant, which totals $350 million and will provide $1,000 bonuses to every full-time child care professional in the state. Child care businesses and professionals have faced many difficulties and hardships during these unprecedented times, and they have consistently been at the forefront of providing an essential service to so many Michigan families.
Licensed child care providers are eligible to apply by visiting Michigan.gov/childcare. Child care professionals will be awarded bonuses directly from their employers and should not apply individually.
Rejecting the Legitimization of Private Prisons
Last week in session, I voted NO on House Bill 4033, which would extend certain state prison policies to private prisons. I voted no because introducing cellular or wireless communication devices in the type of correctional facility covered in this bill is a violation of federal law, and additionally, legitimizing private correctional facilities in the law may result in an increase in their use throughout the state. I hope you support me in my decision to vote no on HB 4033. On Nov. 9, it passed the House 75-29 and has been referred to the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee.
Protecting Medical Patients from Abuse
Last week in session, I voted YES on House Bills 4853 and 4855 to require medical records referencing treatment of an individual that involves sensitive medical procedures by a health professional to be retained for 15 years by the health professional and health facility or agency, with violations subject to criminal sanctions. These bills will allow survivors to pursue a case and seek justice if needed. The bills passed the house 104-1 on Wednesday, Nov. 10, and are waiting to be referred to the proper Senate committee.
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Keeping You Informed
You may wish to sign up for committee notices in order to receive the most up-to-date information on bills. By doing so, you will receive notifications as soon as the committee chairs post the next meeting’s date and time, making you among the first to know when committees will be meeting and what legislation is placed on the agenda for debate. For your convenience, the link to the sign-up page is here.
Washtenaw County Health Department COVID-19 Vaccine & Flu Shot Clinic
The Washtenaw County Health Department hosts a COVID-19 vaccine clinic every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at its offices in Ypsilanti. Pizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines and boosters are available. If you would like to also receive the flu shot, you can request it at the same time. You can find more information here.
Where: Washtenaw County Health Department, 555 Towner St. in Ypsilanti
When: Tuesdays from 9-11:30 a.m. 1-3:30p.m. and 5-7 p.m.; Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m.
*Please note that the vaccine clinic will be closed Nov. 23-26, and normal hours will resume on Tuesday, Nov. 30.
If you are in need of ONLY a flu shot, you can find vaccination locations by using the Public Influenza Vaccine Providers Tracker here.
Upcoming Time with Donna
Come out and join me at my next coffee hour in December. We’ll talk about upcoming legislation and answer any questions you have on topics important to you. Please note we have moved our Coffee hour to Friday, Dec. 3.
When: Friday, Dec. 3, from 8-9 a.m.
What to Do in HD 52
Evening Story Time at the Manchester District Library
Join Miss Stacia at the Manchester District Library for stories, songs and activities — recommended for ages 3 to 8.
When: Monday, Nov. 22, at 5:15 p.m.
Where: Manchester District Library, 912 City Road in Manchester
More information: http://www.manchesterlibrary.info/#gsc.tab=0
Tree Lighting Ceremony in Saline
Join Saline at the Tree Lighting Ceremony, where there will be singing, light fare and tree decorating. Light refreshments will be in the KeyBank lobby. The tree is in front of KeyBank at the corner of Michigan Avenue and North Ann Arbor Street.
When: Tuesday, Nov. 30, from 6-7:30 p.m.
Where: KeyBank, 100 W. Michigan Ave. in Saline
Where to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine in Washtenaw County
The Washtenaw County Health Department’s website has a list of the places in Washtenaw County you can sign up to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. This list gives the location and any links needed to schedule your vaccine appointment. Find the list here.
You can receive continual updates from the MI Dept. of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) by clicking here.
Washtenaw Community Mental Health (CMH)
A 24-hour crisis services and mobile crisis team that can assist you in navigating mental health care services. You can call or text the CARES team at (734) 544-3050.
I Want to Hear from You
During this challenging time, I want to hear from you. What do you need? How can we help you? Please, reach out to me at DonnaLasinski@house.mi.gov.
State Representative, House District 52