Sen. Stamas holding office hour in Standish on Nov. 27

Sen. Jim Stamas

Sen. Jim Stamas

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas has announced that he will conduct an office hour in Standish on Monday, Nov. 27. The meeting is open to residents to express their opinions or concerns about state government or to request assistance with a state issue.

The office hour will be held 1 – 2 p.m. at the Arenac County Building, Board of Commissioners meeting room, Room 201, 120 N. Grove St., Standish.

“I encourage anyone who needs help or wants to express a viewpoint to stop by,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “My aim is to provide the best service possible for the hardworking people of the 36th District. I am excited about continuing a regular series of office hours throughout the district and hearing directly from constituents about state and pocketbook issues.”

Stamas represents the 36th Senate District, which includes Alcona, Alpena, Arenac, Gladwin, Iosco, Midland, Montmorency, Oscoda, Otsego and Presque Isle counties.

For more information, please contact Stamas’ office toll-free at 1-855-347-8036 or via email at SenJStamas@senate.michigan.gov. Residents unable to attend the office hour may write Stamas at Senator Jim Stamas, P. O. Box 30036, Lansing, MI 48909.

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Sen. Stamas supports balanced CPL reforms

Sen. Jim Stamas

Sen. Jim Stamas

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas on Wednesday supported legislation to protect the Second Amendment rights of Michigan residents while also prohibiting people from open-carrying guns into gun-free zones.

“This is about securing our schools and also honoring the constitutional rights of people to protect themselves,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “With these reforms, classrooms will no longer see disruptions caused by those choosing to legally open-carry a weapon. Most importantly, for CPL holders to be able to carry a concealed weapon in a school, they would need to have completed additional training to earn an enhanced license.”

Concealed pistol license (CPL) holders in Michigan can currently open-carry a firearm into weapons-free zones, such as schools, churches and public sports arenas.

Senate Bills 584-586 would prohibit CPL holders from open-carrying firearms into gun-free zones, but allow enhanced CPL holders with additional training to carry a concealed weapon instead.

“I am a strong supporter of our Constitution and the rights it guarantees in the Second Amendment for law-abiding Americans,” Stamas said. “I am also committed to protecting our students and families. This reform does that by closing the current open-carry loophole and helping ensure that our schools are not interrupted by the sight of a gun.”

Stamas said that private property owners could determine for themselves whether to allow weapons on their property and local school districts could prohibit their employees and students from carrying guns into their schools.

“I would like to thank those who reached out to me to share their thoughts, support and concerns on this legislation,” Stamas said. “I would especially like to thank ‘Moms Demand Action’ for their thoughtful discussion.”

SBs 584-586 now head to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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Stamas attends meeting on contaminated water found at Alpena training center

Sen. Jim Stamas

Sen. Jim Stamas

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Jim Stamas on Wednesday attended a public meeting at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center concerning contaminated groundwater found at the center.

The Alpena center recently became the third military base in Michigan to test positive for perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) in the groundwater.

“Water safety is critically important to all Michigan families,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “We had a large turnout from area residents at the meeting, where state environmental and health agency officials and military officials informed everyone about the contamination problem and answered their questions.”

As with the earlier issue near the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base, the Alpena contamination was caused by chemicals in a firefighting material used many years ago.

“Unfortunately, many bases and airports used this same firefighting material, so Alpena probably won’t be the last location that will face this contamination issue,” Stamas said. “We must find the best way to deal with the short- and long-term impacts of these contaminations. In the meantime, we will do everything we can to make sure affected residents are aware of the problem and give them options for a safe and clean alternate water supply.”

Residents can visit www.michigan.gov/AlpenaPFASresponse or call 1-800-662-9278 for more information.

“I want to thank officials from Alpena Township and the city of Alpena for promptly setting up safe water stations and the district health department and local businesses for providing clean containers for the water,” Stamas said. “I also want to thank Colonel Roberts and all our troops for their support and their efforts on this issue. We will continue to take proactive steps to support affected residents and those working to provide solutions.”

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Stamas’ firefighter training bills sent to governor

Sen. Jim Stamas

Sen. Jim Stamas

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas’ legislation to update Michigan’s firefighter training standards is on its way to the governor to be signed.

“Our firefighters are supremely dedicated to their communities and regularly put their lives at risk to save others,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “We owe it to all our firefighters that we ensure they receive the training they need to be prepared to meet new and existing challenges as they protect our families.

“I want to thank the Fire Services Coalition for their help in this effort to improve our state firefighter training standards, which have not been updated in more than 30 years.”

Midland Fire Department Chief Chris Coughlin testified in support of the bills. Coughlin represents the Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs, which is one of the groups in the Fire Services Coalition. The other organizations include the Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union, Michigan Fire Inspectors Society, Michigan Fire Service Instructors and the Michigan State Firemen’s Association.

Senate Bill 264 would improve firefighter training standards while leaving in place the ability to take into account the vast differences in the ways our fire services are provided across the state. The bill would ensure clear definitions and roles for all aspects of fire service training and also increase the membership of the Fire Fighters Training Council (FFTC) from seven to nine members.

SB 265 would allow the FFTC the flexibility to fully utilize the funding for firefighter training made available through the fireworks safety fee assessed on the sale of all fireworks in Michigan.

“This legislation is designed to enable firefighting experts to ensure that every Michigan resident continues to have trained men and women ready to come to their aid and respond in fire emergencies,” Stamas said. “As part of that effort, these bills will allow the Fire Fighters Training Council to develop rules and certification for specialized areas of fire service.”

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Stamas holding office hour in Gaylord on Oct. 23

Sen. Jim Stamas

Sen. Jim Stamas

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas has announced that he will conduct an office hour in Gaylord on Monday, Oct. 23. The meeting is open to residents to express their opinions or concerns about state government or to request assistance with a state issue.

The office hour will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Otsego County Library, 700 S. Otsego Ave., Gaylord.

“I encourage anyone who needs help or wants to express a viewpoint to stop by,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “My aim is to provide the best service possible for the hardworking people of the 36th District. I am excited about continuing a regular series of office hours throughout the district and hearing directly from constituents about state and pocketbook issues.”

Stamas represents the 36th Senate District, which includes Alcona, Alpena, Arenac, Gladwin, Iosco, Midland, Montmorency, Oscoda, Otsego and Presque Isle counties.

For more information, please contact Stamas’ office toll-free at 1-855-347-8036 or via email at SenJStamas@senate.michigan.gov. Residents unable to attend the office hour may write Stamas at Senator Jim Stamas, P. O. Box 30036, Lansing, MI 48909.

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Stamas holding office hour in Beaverton on Oct. 16

Sen. Jim Stamas

Sen. Jim Stamas

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas has announced that he will conduct an office hour in Beaverton on Monday, Oct. 16. The meeting is open to residents to express their opinions or concerns about state government or to request assistance with a state issue.

The office hour will be held from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Beaverton Branch Library, Room 203 — Tittabawassee River Room, 106 Tonkin St., Beaverton.

“I encourage anyone who needs help or wants to express a viewpoint to stop by,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “My aim is to provide the best service possible for the hardworking people of the 36th District. I am excited about continuing a regular series of office hours throughout the district and hearing directly from constituents about state and pocketbook issues.”

Stamas represents the 36th Senate District, which includes Alcona, Alpena, Arenac, Gladwin, Iosco, Midland, Montmorency, Oscoda, Otsego and Presque Isle counties.

For more information, please contact Stamas’ office toll-free at 1-855-347-8036 or via email at SenJStamas@senate.michigan.gov. Residents unable to attend the office hour may write Stamas at Senator Jim Stamas, P. O. Box 30036, Lansing, MI 48909.

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Bills would designate part of US-23 as ‘Peter A. Pettalia Memorial Highway’

Sen. Jim Stamas

Sen. Jim Stamas

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas and Rep. Sue Allor announced that they have introduced legislation to permanently honor former Rep. Peter Pettalia, who died last year in an accident while traveling down to the Capitol for session.

“Pete was a personal friend and a common-sense public servant who did his best to improve the lives of the people in Northern Michigan,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “He loved his family, his friends and the community. Pete was passionate about life on the Sunrise Side and enjoyed traveling along Heritage Route 23.

“Naming part of that route through Pete’s home county is a fitting tribute to a life well lived and the tremendous impact he had on so many lives. He is missed by everyone who knew him, but he will never be forgotten.”

Senate Bill 622 and House Bill 5078 would designate the portion of US-23 in Presque Isle County between Maple Drive and Misiak Highway as the “Peter A. Pettalia Memorial Highway.”

“As I travel northeastern Michigan and carry out my duties in Lansing, I continue to hear stories about the work that Representative Pettalia did on our behalf during his time in the Legislature,” said Allor, R-Wolverine. “He paved the way for future public servants from our area to continue on a road of success, fighting for the people of the 106th House District.”

Pettalia served three terms in the Michigan House of Representatives from 2011 until his untimely death in September 2016. He previously served as Presque Isle Township supervisor for 16 years and as a volunteer firefighter for the East Grand Lake Fire Department for 15 years. Pettalia was a member of several Presque Isle and Alpena area organizations and enjoyed spending time with his wife Karen, two children and two granddaughters.

The bills would have no fiscal impact on the state or local government. Under state law, the Michigan Department of Transportation can place markers indicating the name of a memorial highway only “when sufficient private contributions are received to completely cover the cost of erecting and maintaining those markers.”

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**PHOTO ADVISORY** Stamas, Allor meet with Iosco Exploration Trail advocates at Capitol

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, (left) and Rep. Sue Allor, R-Wolverine, (right) welcomed Iosco Exploration Trail advocates Dana and Jane Hayward to the Michigan Capitol on Thursday. Once completed, the nearly 38-mile-long Iosco Exploration Trail will be part of the state’s Iron Belle Trail through Iosco County.

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Editor’s note: The above photograph is available by clicking on the image or by visiting Stamas’ website at: www.SenatorJimStamas.com/Photowire.

Jim Stamas named Legislator of the Year by Michigan Library Association

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas was honored as 2017 Legislator of the Year by the Michigan Library Association (MLA). Stamas was presented the award by MLA Executive Director Gail Madziar and Alpena County Library Director Eric Magness-Eubank in Alpena.

“Our libraries are a mainstay of our communities, and it is an honor to be involved with them,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “I greatly appreciate this recognition by the Michigan Library Association, and I look forward to working with them to support our libraries.”

Ron Meneghel, treasurer of the Alpena County Library Board of Trustees, and Tammy Thompson, secretary of the Alpena County Library Board of Trustees, were also on hand to present the award to Stamas.

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Editor’s note: The above photo is available by clicking on the image or at www.SenatorJimStamas.com/photowire.

Sen. Stamas holding office hour in Mio on Sept. 1

Sen. Jim Stamas

Sen. Jim Stamas

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas has announced that he will conduct an office hour in Mio on Friday, Sept. 1. The meeting is open to residents to express their opinions or concerns about state government or to request assistance with a state issue.

The office hour will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Oscoda County Library, 430 W. Eighth St. in Mio.

“I encourage anyone who needs help or wants to express a viewpoint to stop by,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “My aim is to provide the best service possible for the hardworking people of the 36th District. I am excited about continuing a regular series of office hours throughout the district and hearing directly from constituents about state and pocketbook issues.”

Stamas represents the 36th Senate District, which includes Alcona, Alpena, Arenac, Gladwin, Iosco, Midland, Montmorency, Oscoda, Otsego and Presque Isle counties.

For more information, please contact Stamas’ office toll-free at 1-855-347-8036 or via email at SenJStamas@senate.michigan.gov. Residents unable to attend office hours may write Stamas at Senator Jim Stamas, P. O. Box 30036, Lansing, MI 48909.

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