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September 2017

Dear Friend,

Hello and welcome to the September edition of my e-newsletter for 2017!

This past month has been filled with community events and meetings with Allegan County residents. I've been able to take your concerns directly to Lansing, and I am excited to continue to do so. I'm committed to maintaining an open line of communication and encourage all residents to contact our 80th District office and share your thoughts and concerns so that I can best represent you.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.


Mary Whiteford
State Representative
80th District

October Office Hours:

My next set of monthly office hours are scheduled for Monday, October 16th at the following locations and times:

Time: 9:30am – 10:30am
Location: Fillmore Township Hall, 4219 52nd Street, Holland, MI 49423

Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm
Location: Fennville Library, 400 W Main Street, Fennville, MI 49408

Time: 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Location: J.C. Wheeler Library, 1576 10th Street, Martin, MI 49070

Michigan House of Representatives C.A.R.E.S. Task Force continues on the move:
As a member of the Michigan House of Representatives C.A.R.E.S. task force, I invite you to provide input to the task force as we continue to meet in October.

The House C.A.R.E.S. Task Force (named for its commitment to community, access, resources, education and safety) continues its work this month by traveling throughout the state to learn from officials who work with individuals with mental health challenges. We have heard from drug courts, homeless shelters, hospitals, law enforcement and more. The overall goal of the task force is to gather information and craft legislation to allow the state's most vulnerable individuals to live happier, healthier lives. I am excited to remain an active member of the task force to help. If you have an idea you would like to share with the task force, please visit www.House.MI.gov/CARES

Auto Insurance for Michigan Residents:
Many Allegan County Residents have contacted me regarding their concerns of Michigan's rising auto insurance rates. Our current auto no-fault system has caused insurance companies to pay more per claim than any other state. Michigan's average full coverage auto insurance premium cost – nearly $2,400 per year – is more than $1,000 above the national average and twice as high as those in neighboring states.

Clear reform is needed. That is why I am part of a bipartisan coalition to reform Michigan's broken no-fault insurance system and dramatically cut costs for drivers. I support House Bill 5013, which will lower the cost of auto insurance in Michigan – which now has the highest rates in the nation – by offering motorists more coverage options, fighting fraud and reining in medical costs. The new bipartisan plan gives motorists the option to continue to buy unlimited personal protection coverage, or buy more affordable alternative coverage plan.

We had a great turnout for our auto insurance townhall on September 18th at Fillmore Township Hall! I would like to thank everyone who joined us from Allegan County, as well as our featured guest, Representative Lana Theis, Chair of the Insurance Committee. We were able to have a much needed discussion about the need to reform Michigan's current auto no-fault insurance system.

Secretary of State now issuing optional REAL ID-Compliant licenses

Michigan Residents now have the option of applying for a driver license or ID card that will allow them to board flights and enter facilities in compliance with recent changes in federal law. These cards prevent illegal copying or altering and protect against fraud by requiring people to verify their identity, residency, Social Security number and citizenship or legal presence when applying for a card.

Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, the federal government will not allow Michigan residents carrying a driver's license or ID card that does not comply with the federal REAL ID Act to board domestic flights, or enter federal buildings, nuclear plants or military bases unless they have another accepted identity document. Without a card accepted by the federal government, Michigan residents will face the inconvenience and extra expense of having to get a passport or another accepted document to fly or visit federal building.

Michigan enhanced driver license are already REAL ID-compliant so cardholders do not need to apply for a compliant card.

Constituent Connections:

Earlier this month, I welcomed Graafschap Fire Chief Doug DenBleyker and Fennville Fire Chief Sarah Bushee for the Michigan House of Representative's annual September 11th Memorial Service at the Capitol. The service remembers first responders and members of the military from Michigan who died in the line of duty in the past year. Click here to see more from this ceremony.

The Allegan County Fair, the best fair in the state, was a great success this year, and I was thrilled to be a part of it. A special thanks goes out to all of the hardworking volunteers for an outstanding nine days!

I was honored to join all my senior friends at the Allegan County Fair's Senior Day. Thank you to all the volunteers and the hundreds of friendly seniors who came for a delicious breakfast!

I was able to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the new addition at ACATEC, Allegan County's tech shool. Thank you to Superintendent Bill Brown, Board President Larry Collier, and everyone else who works hard to provide career and technical education for our students.

It was great seeing my friends from the Saugatuck Brewing Company at the Capitol!
I was also able to join my county fire inspectors at their annual conference at Michigan State University!

Monterey Township Trustee, Allegan Farm Bureau Board Member, Corngrower Association Board Member, and all around great guy, Earl Collier, visited our Capitol to discuss issues that affect farmers.
Arnie Cook from Allegan visited me in Lansing to discuss chemotherapy medications. Thanks for your advocacy for your patients!

State Government Links

The Official State, County and City Government Website Locator: www.statelocalgov.net/state-mi.cfm

Michigan Senate website: www.senate.michigan.gov

Michigan House of Representatives website: www.house.michigan.gov

Michigan Legislative Website: www.legislature.mi.gov

Unemployment Issues: If you are having issues connecting with the state unemployment office or receiving your unemployment benefits, please feel free to contact me by calling 517-373-0836. You may also find additional helpful information at the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency website: http://www.michigan.gov/uia/0,1607,7-118-26831---,00.html