Schmidt legislation improving security measures at the pump signed by governor

Lansing, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday signed into law legislation that will provide additional protections for consumers who use credit or debit cards to purchase fuel.

The governor gave final approval to Senate Bill 415, which would allow filling stations the option of installing any of the following security measures on individual pumps: tamper proof security tape; a device to render the pump or credit card scanning device inoperable unless accessed by an authorized user; encryption of credit card information; a new lock to replace the manufacturer’s lock; or any other security measure approved by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

“Technology has improved access to information and made our lives much easier in many ways,” said Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, the bill’s lead sponsor. “At the same time these advancements have opened several doors for criminals as well. This legislation will curb criminal efforts, while still allowing people the convenience of paying at the pump.”

SB 415 is now Public Act 168 of 2017.

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Schmidt hopes for a safe, successful deer season

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Wayne Schmidt on Thursday sent his regards to hunters across the state of Michigan as we approach opening day of firearm deer season.

“Michigan has a rich hunting heritage and hunters from around the state have been gearing up for Nov. 15 all year,” said Schmidt, R-Traverse City. “My office is happy to provide resources to both new and experienced hunters to ensure yet another safe and successful season.”

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has several updated webpages that provide a wealth of resources to Michigan hunters. Hunters can start by searching out a location that sells hunting licenses, or even purchase one via the DNR’s e-license website.

Also available is a comprehensive map of the state’s public land available for hunting and a webpage dedicated to hunting guidelines, season dates and all other information regarding Michigan game. All of this can be accessed by visiting www.Michigan.gov/DNR and clicking on the “Hunting and Trapping” tab.

Schmidt pointed to the direct impact deer hunting has on our state’s economy. According to the DNR, more than 600,000 hunters head out in the field annually and contribute more than $2 billion to the state’s tourism industry.

“Northern Michigan is one of the top destinations in the nation for whitetail deer hunting,” Schmidt said. “Catering to deer hunters is a very serious industry up here and something we look forward to every year.”

The senator touted the state’s safety regulations and credits them for the decrease in hunting accidents in recent years.

“The last three seasons have been the safest on record since Michigan began tracking hunting accidents in the 1940s,” Schmidt said. “I hope we can continue this trend and make this year a safe, enjoyable season for the many who cherish deer season as a family tradition.”

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Sen. Schmidt to host November coffee hours

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, will hold coffee hours with constituents throughout the 37th Senate District during the month of November.

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.

Schmidt’s November coffee hours are as follows:

 

Wednesday, Nov. 15

9 – 10 a.m.

Shirley’s Café

528 S. Williams St.

Mancelona

 

11 a.m. – noon

Café Santé

1 Water St.

Boyne City

 

1 – 2 p.m.

The Whistle Stop

4853 Afton Road

Wolverine

 

3 – 4 p.m.

Roast & Toast

309 E. Lake St.

Petoskey

 

Friday, Nov. 17

10 – 11 a.m.

Grand Traverse Pie Company

525 W. Front St.

Traverse City

 

Saturday, Nov. 18

11 a.m. – noon

Driftwood Restaurant and Sports Bar

590 N. State St.

St. Ignace

 

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Cup of the Day

406 Ashmun St.

Sault Ste. Marie

 

4 – 5 p.m.

Zellar’s Village Inn

7552 State Highway M-123

Newberry

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Schmidt receives Civil Air Patrol’s Commanders Commendation Award

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Wayne Schmidt on Tuesday was awarded the Commanders Commendation Award by officials from Michigan Wing, the state of Michigan’s branch of the Civil Air Patrol.

“I am both honored and humbled to be recognized by such an outstanding group of volunteers,” said Schmidt, R-Traverse City. “Michigan Wing along with other Civil Air Patrol branches nationwide provide crucial services in numerous fields including cadet education and emergency management. It was my pleasure to ensure they received adequate funding in the fiscal year 2018 budget to continue providing these services.”

Schmidt along with Sen. Mike Nofs were honored by Michigan Wing for their work securing funding for the Civil Air Patrol’s 2018 budget.

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Photo caption: State Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City and Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, on Tuesday each received the Civil Air Patrol’s Commanders Commendation Award for their work ensuring Michigan Wing, Michigan’s branch of the Civil Air Patrol, received adequate funding in the fiscal year 2018 budget.

Preserving our state’s history

Since 1837, Michigan has been the home of several sites that are relevant to either the state’s or our nation’s history. For 180 years, the state has worked to maintain such sites and make sure we keep them alive to serve as a visual, tangible avenue into our past.

Because of their age, many of these facilities are in poor condition, and it is often very costly and involved to repair them. This is due to the fact that when maintenance is done on such facilities, the company performing the job typically seeks to rehabilitate the site versus repairing it. The goal is to return the building or location to as close to its original state as possible, while also addressing structural problems or other potential hazards.

History is one of the most important pillars of education, and if we are able to preserve pieces of our state’s and nation’s history, we ought to do it for the benefit of our children. Visiting these sites can be much more invigorating for a child or young adult than reading about them in a book or on the internet.

At the beginning of the summer, I introduced legislation that would help maintain our state’s historical sites by offering incentives to those who redevelop them. Developers typically shy away from such projects because of the cost involved and the state and federal regulations that govern such sites. Senate Bill 469 would allow developers to receive a tax credit for a portion of eligible costs associated with the development.

To be eligible for tax credits under SB 469, it must be determined that the building or site in question contributes to the significance of the historic district in which it is located and the project meets federal and state requirements.

Not only do these incentives benefit communities and residents, but they are also beneficial to those in construction and other skilled trades. Data from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) shows that from 1999 to 2011, an annual average of 3,300 jobs stemmed from historical rehabilitations.

In addition, because Michigan’s historic credits are tied legislatively to a similar federal historic credit, the Michigan credits are responsible for bringing in roughly $250 million in federal funds — that’s federal money returning to Michigan and going straight to communities across the state.

These tax credits make rehabilitation projects feasible when other avenues do not. These credits are not specific to any geographic location; they benefit the entire state. From Flint to Traverse City, we are looking to improve and revitalize sites and keep Michigan’s history alive.

Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, represents the 37th state Senate District, which includes Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Chippewa, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Luce and Mackinac counties.