Schmidt announces additional December coffee hour

 

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Wayne Schmidt announced he will hold an additional coffee hour in Traverse City on Dec. 28. 

The senator will be available to answer questions and provide information and assistance, as well as take suggestions on issues affecting communities and businesses in the district. No appointment is necessary. 

For more information or to contact Schmidt, please visit SenatorWayneSchmidt.com or call 517-373-2413. 

Details of Sen. Schmidt’s Dec. 28 coffee hour are as follows: 

Monday, Dec. 28
3 – 4 p.m.
Grand Traverse Pie Co.
525 W. Front St. (across the street from the fire station)
Traverse City

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Schmidt bill to promote Native American heritage approved by Senate

LANSING, Mich. — The state Senate unanimously approved legislation on Tuesday to recognize with official signage places throughout the state that are significant to the history of Native Americans, including along trails that served as a foundation for many state roadways.

Numerous trails, including the Grand River Trail between Detroit and Grand Rapids; the trail from Toledo, passing through Saginaw to Mackinac; and the St. Joseph Trail out of Detroit, have all contributed to the formation of Michigan’s current highway system.

“This important legislation would help preserve and promote Native American heritage in Michigan,” said Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City. “The bill is part of our continued efforts to build and maintain a lasting relationship with the twelve Native American tribes that reside within Michigan’s borders.”

Senate Bill 523 amends the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act to require a general recognition effort, and allows the state Department of Natural Resources to provide signage and recognition of places along trails in the Pure Michigan Trails network.

Under the bill, the DNR would collaborate with tribal governments, educators, universities, the state Department of Transportation, the Michigan Historical Commission, the council for the arts and cultural affairs, Travel Michigan, the state historic preservation office, state archaeologist, and historical societies to develop and implement a plan to preserve Native American history in the state.

The Senate previously adopted Senate Resolution 93, establishing the fourth Friday in September as Michigan Indian Day. It recognizes the shared history between Michiganders and the peoples of the 12 federally recognized tribes, and the partnership established in a government-to-government accord that helped to enhance and improve communication, foster respect for sovereign status, and facilitate the resolution of potentially contentious issues.

SB 523 now goes to the state House of Representatives for consideration.

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Schmidt announces upcoming December coffee hours

Senator Wayne Schmidt

Senator Wayne Schmidt

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Wayne Schmidt announced he will hold coffee hours in the 37th District this month.

The senator will be available to answer questions and provide information and assistance, as well as take suggestions on issues affecting communities and businesses in the district. No appointment is necessary.

For more information or to contact Schmidt, please visit SenatorWayneSchmidt.com or call 517-373-2413.

Sen. Schmidt’s December coffee hours are as follows:

Monday, Dec. 21
10 – 11 a.m.
Mancelona Twp. Hall
9610 S. M-88 Highway
Mancelona, MI

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Forest Home Twp. Hall
321 N. Bridge St.
Bellaire, MI

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Senate approves bills supporting MI’s small, rural airports

Senator Wayne Schmidt

Senator Wayne Schmidt

LANSING, Mich. – Airports in the state would receive state funding to help with repair and maintenance costs under legislation approved by the state Senate on Thursday.

“This is a matter of fairness,” said Schmidt, R-Traverse City. “The legislation makes sure Michigan’s airports – including those in Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula – receive the needed funding for routine maintenance and repairs.”

The legislation, introduced by Sens. Wayne Schmidt and Goeff Hansen, would better manage the way aviation fuel taxes are collected and appropriated in the state. The reforms would ensure dollars collected from the state’s aviation industry go toward supporting the aviation industry by redirecting existing sales and use tax on aviation fuel to a new aeronautics fund. The new fund would appropriate to the state’s airports via a formula based on volume of air traffic and resources used.

“As chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, I’ve fought to secure additional dollars in this year’s budget for the airport improvement program to help support projects at our local airports,” said Hansen, R-Hart. “Passage of this legislation will create a reliable, dedicated funding source for the State Aeronautics Fund that will ensure the continued safety and efficiency of Michigan’s aviation system.”

Senate Bills 418, 425, 426, 612 and 614, sponsored by Schmidt, and SB 613, sponsored by Hansen, now go to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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