I hope everyone had a great week since we last spoke! The past few weeks have been busy in the House of Representatives, as we have been working on passing a variety of legislation that supports all Michiganders. I look forward to seeing many of you at my upcoming district events in the next few months.
As always, you can contact my staff and me at (517) 373-0828, by email at DonnaLasinski@house.mi.gov or by visiting my website at RepLasinski.com with any questions, thoughts, or suggestions.
Reduce “Paid for by” Campaign Ad Disclosures
Prior to our legislative Spring Break, I voted NO on House Bill 4163 which would repeal a campaign finance law requirement that, except for material sent by U.S. mail, a billboard, placard, poster, pamphlet, or other printed matter that references an election, candidate, or ballot question must include the address of the person paying for the material. This bill would also retain the requirement that campaign telephone messages must include the name of the person paying for it; however, that person’s telephone number, address, or other contact
information, while still allowed under the bill, would no longer be required.
I voted no on HB 4163 because it creates less transparency and accountability since the payor of a message does not have to divulge information of where they can be contacted. On March 24th, HB 4163 narrowly passed in the House with a 58-44 vote. I hope you support me and my decision to vote no on HB 4163.
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As spring begins to arrive in full force, we get to welcome back our local outdoor Farmers Markets! Fresh veggies, fruits, flowers, and meats are just a few of the items you can get from local vendors at farmers markets across the 52nd district. Below are a few of the Farmers Markets located in House District 52 and their opening dates this spring!
Chelsea Farmers Market
Opening Day: Saturday, April 30th, 8-1pm
Location: Palmer Commons 222 S. Main St. Chelsea, MI 48118
More info: https://chelseafarmersmkt.org/
Dexter Farmers Market
Opening Day: Saturday, May 7th 8-1 pm
Location: 3233 Alpine St, Dexter
More info: https://www.dextermi.gov/community/farmers_market.php
Saline Farmers Market
Opening Day: Saturday, May 7th 9-1pm
Location: Downtown Saline on S. Ann Arbor St. ½ a block south of Michigan Ave.
More info: https://www.cityofsaline.org/departments/farmers_market/index.php
Upcoming Time with Donna
Join me in-person at my next Townhall in April. I will provide an update on the budget for fiscal year 2023 and answer any questions you may have on how our budget process works.
When: Thursday, April 28th 6:30-7:30pm
Where: Saline City Hall 100 N Harris St, Saline, MI 48176
What to Do in HD 52
Chelsea County Clean-Up Day
On Saturday, April 23rd the City of Chelsea, the Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner’s Office, and the Board of Public Works are hosting a County Clean-up Day, to provide Washtenaw County residents with an opportunity to safely dispose of household items.
Below is a list of items you can bring:
· Appliances (refrigerator, dryer, a/c unit, dehumidifier),
· Electronics (TV, computer, entertainment and communication devices, etc.),
· Household hazardous waste (paint, pesticides, cleaning supplies, oil, batteries, etc. — no containers larger than 6 gal, no oxygen or refrigerant tanks, containers cannot be returned),
· Scrap metal, and tires (limit of 10 tires, no semi or agricultural tires).
When: April 23rd, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Chelsea High School 740 N Freer Rd, Chelsea, MI, 48118
More Information: https://www.washtenaw.org/2414/County-Clean-Up-Days
Please know that this event is ONLY for Washtenaw County Residents, and materials cannot be accepted from businesses, government agencies, non-profits, or other organizations.
If you are unable to make it to this weekends event, there are four additional clean-up days happening throughout the summer across Washtenaw County. See here for additional dates and locations.
Where to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine in Washtenaw County
The Washtenaw County Health Department hosts a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at their offices in Ypsilanti. All three FDA approved vaccines and boosters are available. Please note that you can schedule an appointment online or by phone to receive the vaccine, or you can walk-in during clinic hours.
Where: Washtenaw County Health Department 555 Towner St. Ypsilanti, MI 48198
When: Please sign up for a timeslot here, if no times are available, please check back as appointment slots are updated regularly.
Walk-in Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 9:00-11:30am and 1:00-3:30pm. One the first and third Tuesday of each month the clinic is open 5-7pm.
The Washtenaw County Health Department’s website has a list of locations in Washtenaw County where 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.
Additionally, if you need assistance getting to a COVID-19 vaccination site in Washtenaw County, you can book a FREE door-to-door ride through the AARP Ride@50+ Program. This program can be used by any person of any age in Washtenaw County.
Phone Number: 844-900-4892 Code: Vaccinate Washtenaw (if this number is busy call 734-773-0907)
We will continue to provide information for vaccination clinics throughout the district as they get scheduled.
Order Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests
Every home in the U.S. is now eligible to order 4 free at home COVID-19 tests and are estimated to ship in 7-12 days. Order your tests here and have them when you need them.
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 assistance 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