Shirkey reminds residents about flag etiquette for Fourth of July

LANSING, Mich. — With Independence Day right around the corner, Sen. Mike Shirkey on Friday reminded residents of the proper way to display the American flag.

“I encourage people to fly the U.S. flag in front of their home or business this Fourth of July in celebration of our nation and in gratitude for our freedoms,” said Shirkey, R-Clarklake.

“We should always fly the flag in a respectful fashion. This includes never allowing the flag to touch the ground or floor, ensuring the flag flies free, flying the flag at the correct times, and other guidelines.”

For more details on flag etiquette, click on the Publications link at the lower left and scroll down to “How to Fly the American Flag” for general information on flying or displaying the flag.

Sen. Shirkey announces June 16 coffee hour


LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, announced that a coffee hour is scheduled for the 16th Senate District in Coldwater next Friday, June 16.

All residents are welcome to come for coffee and conversation about issues that matter to them. Coffee hours are for one-on-one discussions with the senator. Those unable to attend can stay up to date by selecting the Recent News link, above. Make sure to check this website for the most up-to-date information.

Sen. Shirkey will be meeting at the following time and place:

Friday, June 16
Blue Hat Coffee / Gallery
9 – 10 a.m.
867 E. Chicago St.

Sen. Shirkey holds hearing on opioid legislation

LANSING, Mich. — The Senate Committee on Health Policy, chaired by Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, heard testimony on Tuesday and approved legislation that would help curtail the rising opioid abuse epidemic in Branch, Hillsdale, and Jackson counties and across the state.

The package of bills would require a licensed prescriber to have a bona fide prescriber-patient relationship before prescribing a controlled substance; require a physician who treats a patient for an opioid-related overdose to provide information to the patient on substance use disorder services; and prohibit prescribers from prescribing more than a seven-day supply of opioids for acute pain.

Senate Bills 47, 166, 167, 270, 273 and 274 now head to the full Senate for further consideration.

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Shirkey reminds residents of weekend of free fishing

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Mike Shirkey on Friday reminded residents of Branch, Hillsdale, and Jackson counties of a great opportunity to take advantage of one of the favorite summertime activities of Michiganders at no cost.

“Michigan offers some of the finest freshwater fishing in the world,” said Shirkey, R-Clarklake. “Don’t miss the state’s annual Summer Free Fishing Weekend, next Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11.”

Shirkey said residents and nonresidents alike can fish without a license on these two days, though all other fishing regulations still apply. Entry into state public boating access sites, state parks and recreation areas is free of charge.

The Summer Free Fishing Weekend concludes the Michigan Boating Week, an annual celebration of the great outdoor activities offered by the state. It is a partnership between the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Michigan Waterways Commission and the Michigan Boating Industries Association. The week-long event offers many opportunities to start boating, get back onboard or learn some new skills to use on the water.

“We have so many beautiful places to go outdoors right here in our home area, and over 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline beyond that,” Shirkey said. “There is no reason not to get out and enjoy it!”

For more information on the Summer Free Fishing Weekend, including a list of activities across the state, visit