Dear Neighbor,

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

New Legislative Districts

I am grateful for the privilege to continue to serve in the House during the 2023-24 session. As you likely know, Michigan underwent redistricting before this year’s elections. Our new district is the 74th, which includes all of south Lansing and Delhi Township. The other areas of my current district, the 67th, including Mason, Leslie, Stockbridge, Williamston and adjacent townships, are part of the new 73rd district, which will be represented by state Rep. Julie Brixie.

I will miss serving the areas that are no longer part of my district, but I look forward to continuing to serve south Lansing and Delhi Township. The new term starts in January 2023.

DIFS Encourages Drivers to Review Their Vehicle-Deer Collision Coverage

The Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) is reminding drivers to review their vehicle deer-collision coverage on their auto-insurance policy. While these accidents occur all year, the fall deer hunting season and shorter daylight hours increase the number of deer-related crashes. If you are involved in a deer collision, pull off the road, turn on your emergency flashers and do not approach the deer. Report the crash to the nearest police agency and your insurance company. If your vehicle seems potentially unsafe to drive, call for a tow.

Eligible Families Receive an Additional $95 in Food Assistance in November

Michigan families who are eligible for food assistance benefits will receive an additional $95 payment in November. Eligible households should see the additional benefits loaded onto their Bridge Cards between Nov. 12 and 21. Over 1.3 million Michiganders in more than 700,000 households will be impacted by these funds. Additional information can be found at

CATA Buses Suspending Routes for Thanksgiving Day

The Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA) will suspend all bus routes on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 24. Routes will end at the regular time on Wednesday, Nov. 23 and resume on Friday, Nov. 25. For more information, contact CATA at or (517) 394-1000.

Lansing Kicks off Holiday Season with Silver Bells in the City

Lansing’s 38th annual Silver Bells in the City is scheduled to take place this Friday, Nov. 18 at 5 p.m. in downtown Lansing. This event includes a market, a parade, a drone show, a fireworks display, and the lighting of the Capitol Christmas tree and Menorah. A number of streets will be closed during this annual event. More information is available at


Kara Hope

State Representative