Welcome to my e-newsletter. This issue focuses on recent legislation I have introduced regarding environmental issues in our state, provides upcoming times to meet with me and covers other relevant information for our community.
I’m deeply grateful to have the privilege to serve as representative for the 6th House District. If there is anything I can do to help you and your family, please do not hesitate to call my office at (517) 373-0823, email me at TyroneCarter@house.mi.gov, or stop by my office in Lansing.
In this Edition:
- Environmental Legislative Update
- Upcoming Events
- REAL ID Update
Environmental Legislative Update
Air Quality Reform Package
Earlier this month, I was proud to take part in a press conference announcing the introduction of a broad plan to expand air quality protections in Michigan. This package of bills would improve public health by expanding air quality criteria, strengthening standards and local control for the emissions permitting process, and ensuring greater transparency and accountability between polluters and the communities they impact.
I introduced House Bill 4264 as part of this package to ensure the money from fines paid by violators is distributed to impacted communities to aid with environmental cleanup and other effects of the pollution.
As the Great Lakes State, we’re rightly focused on preserving and protecting our natural resources, but that conversation too often happens in a vacuum, as if protecting our natural resources only means preserving our forests or lakes. Being ‘Pure Michigan’ means our air should be pure, too. It means parents should be able to let their kids play outdoors. It means Michiganders should be able to walk to work safely. And it means that we don’t let corporate polluters take those possibilities away from our families. I have a responsibility to protect the health and well-being of those I represent, and I take that responsibility seriously.
Banning Smoking on Public Beaches
This week I introduced House Bill 4936 to protect Michigan’s beaches and beachgoers by expanding the state’s current smoke-free law to prohibit smoking on public beaches.
Most of us have fond memories of going to the beach during the summer, an unforgettable experience that we’d all like to share with our children in the future. As the Great Lakes State, the pride we have in our beaches and the recreational opportunities they provide comes with the duty to preserve them. Not only will this bill protect beach-going families from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke, it will also protect our beaches and the wildlife that call them home from further pollution.
I hope you can join me for one of my upcoming coffee hours! As your representative in Lansing, the best way for me to advocate for the policies that mean the most to you is for us to stay in contact. Come say hello, share a drink and let’s talk about the issues facing our community.
When: Monday, September 23 at 11 a.m.
Where: All Well-Being Services, 1423 Field in Detroit
When: Monday, October 28 at 11 a.m.
Where: Ecorse Senior Center, 4072 W. Jefferson Ave. in Ecorse
REAL ID Update
Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, new federal REAL ID guidelines will go into effect regarding state drivers’ licenses and other forms of state identification. These new IDs have stronger security measures and will be necessary for future plane travel and entrance to some federal facilities. In anticipation of this, the Secretary of State’s office has asked us to spread the word about this change. If you are renewing your license this year, or want to know what to expect early next year, please visit the REAL ID website to understand what documents you may need to bring with you to get a compliant license.
Pictured: I was proud to be a part of our recent air quality reform package and was honored to speak at the press conference announcing our plan.
Never hesitate to reach out to me or my staff if you have any questions or concerns!
6th House District