Dear Neighbor,

I am writing you today to invite you to my upcoming coffee hour tomorrow, Friday, April 23, from 12 to 1 p.m. These events provide an excellent opportunity to receive updates on my work at the Capitol and discuss any other questions or concerns you may have.

To sign up for this event, click here. I hope you can join me!

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Tax Day Filing Extension

The deadlines to file state and federal tax has been extended to May 17 of this year.

COVID-19 Update

While most of the population is now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, social distancing and wearing face masks are still extremely important to stop the virus from spreading.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recently announced new pandemic orders effective through May 24, 2021.

Visit this link to learn more: Coronavirus – April 19, 2021 – Gatherings and Face Mask Order (

If you’re eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, go to Kalamazoo County Health Department’s website to learn more or check out other vaccination sites. If you need help navigating the vaccine scheduling process, call the COVID-19 hotline at 888-535-6136 (press 1).

Learn more here:

Earth Day

April 22 is Earth Day! As an elected official, I look for policies our state can implement to become more Earth friendly. That is why the first piece of legislation I introduced, House Bill 4331, works to expand one of Michigan’s most innovative pieces of legislation: The Bottle Bill Law.

Our bottle return system has already incentivized the recycling of bottles and cans for over four decades.  However, as the use of single-use beverage containers continues to increase, we must tailor the law to keep up with the additional waste.

HB 4331 creates a universal bottle return system and makes all single-use beverage containers (excluding dairy products) eligible for in-store returns. This means you can make the most of your trip to the grocery store by bringing along your plastic water bottles and craft beer cans regardless of where you purchased them. The bill also allocates funds to clean contaminated sites and support local recycling incentives across Michigan.

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office with any questions or concerns you may have.


Christine Morse

State Representative, 61st House District