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The intent of this Citizen’s Guide is to provide the public with some of the specific information that is necessary to influence public policy. This guide contains an overview of state government, contact information for state departments and state and federal lawmakers, information about how the lawmaking process works in Michigan, and guidance about how to ensure your message reaches policymakers in the most constructive way.Posted March 30th 2021
This booklet contains information for your 2021 Michigan property taxes and 2020 individual income taxes, homestead property tax credits, farmland and open space tax relief, and the home heating credit program.Posted February 16th 2021
If you believe your assessment is in error, you may appeal to your local Board of Review and, if necessary, the Michigan Tax Tribunal. No attorney is necessary. This guide, along with your willingness to explore all the possibilities, may help you obtain a favorable adjustment.Posted January 19th 2021
On Tuesday, Nov. 3, you will be able to play an important role in establishing Michigan public policy. Along with the opportunity to select candidates for public office, two statewide ballot proposals will be presented for your consideration. To help familiarize you with the proposals, this mailer contains the actual language that will appear on the ballot, although it may be presented in a different format. There may be other local or regional ballot questions as well, depending on where you live. Please do not hesitate to contact my office if I can be of further service to you.Posted October 1st 2020
For crime victims and adults who wish to prevent crime. In this booklet, you will find Michigan's William Van Regenmorter Crime Victim's Rights Act, a hierarchy of Michigan's court system, and basic information about criminal proceedings. You will also learn how to file an application for crime victim compensation and how to join a victim notification network. For your convenience, a compilation of victim advocates and assistance organizations is listed in the back of this booklet.Posted September 1st 2019
This publication contains information and prevention resources for any individual affected by domestic and sexual violence. Specific topics covered include myths and warning signs of domestic violence and teen dating violence, information regarding date rape drugs and sexual assault prevention, facts on stalking and cyberstalking, abuse reporting procedures, a parent or guardian?s section, suggestions for helping a friend in an abusive situation and what to consider when it?s time to leave an abusive relationship. Throughout this publication, many national, state and local crisis hotlines, professional domestic violence organizations and shelter information have been compiled for your quick reference.Posted December 7th 2018
For Michigan veterans and their survivors and dependents. This booklet provides information about obtaining veterans benefits and services available through federal, state, and local agencies. Topics range from acquiring a home mortgage, education, employment and insurance to medical treatment and death benefits. Listings include U.S.D.V.A. medical facilities in Michigan and veterans service organizations.Posted November 17th 2018
For young adults. This handbook contains information for young adults graduating from high school. It discusses important topics such as establishing credit, seeking a higher education, voting, renting, and job search and career planning.Posted October 8th 2018
Michigan themed bookmarks for your studentsPosted July 24th 2018
In addition to state statutes concerning firearms, this publication includes selected Michigan Attorney General Opinions that
interpret various firearms laws. Also included is a listing of selected state administrative rules that regulate the use of firearms.Posted April 28th 2018
For seniors and their families. To enhance senior living, this booklet describes state programs and services related to tax credits and additional taxation issues, Medicare and Medicaid, nursing homes and other long-term care options, consumer protection, housing, transportation, employment, and senior discount programs.Posted April 19th 2018
For divorced parents and others interested in child welfare. The Friend of the Court oversees the welfare of children whose support, custody, and parenting time are the subject of court order because the parents are separated or divorced or they never married. This handbook describes the procedures available for all FOC offices to enforce the court's orders to ensure protection of children's rights to economic and emotional support.Posted April 10th 2018
This publication is a resource guide to your child?s health and safety. Topics include suggestions for choosing a child care provider, common developmental milestones from birth to age 5 years, and information on SIDS, SUID and shaken baby syndrome. Basic tips for home safety and emergency preparedness are also discussed as well as a section that promotes healthy living and good nutrition habits for the entire family. I have also included information on child abuse and neglect prevention and excerpts from the Michigan Child Protection Law, as currently amended.Posted March 25th 2018
Whether you enjoy hunting, fishing, boating, hiking or snowmobiling, Michigan?s abundant
natural resources offer a great outdoor experience! Many sportsmen and women are interested in policy and legislative issues that affect our outdoor heritage. I hope this report will help keep you up-to-date.Posted February 12th 2018
For high school students and interested citizens. How do people legislate laws to govern themselves? How does an idea become a bill? What happens in the legislative process? In addition to lawmaking, what other responsibilities does the Legislature have? Answers to these and other questions are presented in this informative publication.Posted January 16th 2018
For tenants and landlords. This booklet provides a basic explanation of what happens when a rental agreement is made and serves as a helpful and informative reference tool concerning the rights and responsibilities of the tenant and the landlord.Posted November 18th 2017
Deer hunting information, including firearm and archery season dates, and more.Posted September 14th 2017
Michigan Department of Transportation's page with downloadable transportation and construction zone maps.Posted September 12th 2017
Whether providing fresh, locally sourced food to state residents or high quality food products to consumers across the globe, our farmers help feed Michigan and the world! Along with providing tremendous economic value, farming adds to the vibrant quality of life we enjoy in Branch, Hillsdale, and Jackson. We are committed to the continued growth and prosperity of Michigan agriculture and am pleased to send along this legislative report outlining several topical issues. As always, contact our office anytime if we can help. Don?t miss our 4-H and FFA announcement inside!Posted August 25th 2017
For mature adults. This booklet provides information about making a will and designating medical care preference in case of incapacity. This booklet contains forms for organ donation, the Michigan Statutory Will, and the Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, as well as a personal records form to allow family to locate important legal and personal documents.Posted July 2nd 2017
Independence Day is right around the corner, a time to celebrate our nation?s birthday with picnics and parades. Many people also make sure our U.S. flag is flying proudly in front of their home or business. As the symbol of all we hold dear, Old Glory demands proper attention and respect. This publication has general information on flying or displaying the flag.Posted June 27th 2017
Summer is right around the corner, and there?s no better place to enjoy warm weather than in Branch, Hillsdale, and Jackson Counties. Posted June 12th 2017
We are blessed with a multitude of beautiful outdoor destinations. Each of our three counties has attractive parks you can visit for free. Over seven thousand families? homes in our three counties are settled on or near a lake. The opportunities are enormous.
Around Michigan the outdoor beauty continues, with places like state parks, national forests, lakes and rivers ? not to mention the unparalleled Great Lakes. You can travel to one of the coasts or stay in the local community and enjoy all the activities available right here in our own backyard.
Of general interest to all consumers. Everything you need to know about consumer rights and Michigan law: how to protect yourself from consumer fraud and how to take legal action.Posted April 23rd 2017
This book has been specially prepared as a reference guide to provide information helpful to senior adults. Our hope is that your life will be enriched and empowered by this knowledge and that your senior years will truly be golden. In all cases, the more you know, the better you can provide for your own well-being.Posted December 20th 2016
For the People... By the People... How State and Local Governments Operate For all citizens. To help citizens understand the organization of state and local government, this booklet gives brief descriptions of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of state government, and describes the functions of county, city, township, and village entities of local government. Additional information is provided about local financing and taxation issues.Posted December 18th 2016
For elementary-age children. Learn how to keep Michigan beautiful with the three Rs: reduce, reuse and recycle.Posted March 12th 2016
Today Michigan's Capitol is nationally recognized for its extraordinary architecture and art. It stands as Michigan?s most important historic building and a proud symbol of the state.Posted November 7th 2015
An overview of Michigan's involvement in the Civil War.Posted October 10th 2015
Michigan's Constitution and all amendments.Posted July 10th 2015
For teachers and junior/senior high students. Portraits of Michigan offers a fun way for you to learn about the state in which you live. With this booklet, we hope you enjoy reading about and gain pride in your home state and that you will love Michigan a little more.Posted May 20th 2015
Today Michigan's State Capitol is nationally recognized for its extraordinary architecture and art. It stands as Michigan's most important historic building and a proud symbol of the state. Photos, text and artwork highlight interesting views and give information about Michigan's capitol building and its history.Posted November 7th 2014
For younger Michiganians in grades 2 to 4. An informative coloring book for kids, it gives interesting tidbits about Michigan's history, colorful folklore, and state symbols.Posted May 19th 2013
For parents and early elementary-age children. The message of this coloring book is . . . Be smart and be safe . . . On your bicycle, in your home, and in public. This booklet makes a proactive effort to help children to be aware of potentially harmful situations and to avoid them.Posted October 26th 2011
This booklet contains the text of the Constitution of the United States with all amendments, as well as the Declaration of Independence.Posted April 1st 2011