Sen. Stamas’ new office is open and ready to serve

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas is reminding residents of the 36th Senate District that his new office is open and ready to meet their needs or hear their feedback.

“The 100th Legislature has officially started, and we are already working hard to improve our state and the lives of all Michigan families,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “I am honored to continue to be able to serve people of the 36th District in the state Senate, and my top priority remains to provide residents with the best service possible.

“As part of that effort, my excellent staff and I will continue holding regular meetings in the district to hear directly from constituents about state and pocketbook issues.”

Stamas’ staff includes Brian Shoaf, Kristen Wall, Scott Starr, Kim Jamieson and Jeremy Rodgers.

“I also encourage anyone who needs assistance with a state issue or who wants to express their point of view to stop by the office or contact me,” Stamas said.

Due to his new role as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Stamas’ office has moved into the Michigan Capitol Building. His contact information remains the same.

For those visiting Lansing, Stamas’ office is located in Room S-324 of the Michigan State Capitol, located at 101 N. Capitol Ave.

Residents can still contact Stamas’ office toll-free at 1-855-347-8036 or via email at SenJStamas@senate.michigan.gov. Residents may also visit Stamas’ Senate website at www.SenatorJimStamas.com or send a letter via U.S. Mail. The mailing address is Senator Jim Stamas, P. O. Box 30036, Lansing, MI 48909.

The 36th District includes Alcona, Alpena, Arenac, Gladwin, Iosco, Midland, Montmorency, Oscoda, Otsego and Presque Isle counties.

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Senate budget chairman comments on revenue outlook

LANSING, Mich. — After state fiscal and economic leaders at Friday’s annual January Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference made their economic and state tax revenue projections for the next three years, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Stamas, R-Midland, issued the following statement:

“It is good news that Michigan’s economy is growing and is expected to continue to grow — resulting in more jobs and opportunities for Michigan families.

“This economic and fiscal forecast illustrates that we must continue making smart budget decisions that meet our challenges and keep our state on solid financial footing.

“I look forward to working with Governor Whitmer, her administration and my legislative colleagues to pass a balanced budget that helps build a brighter future for all Michigan families and once again increases our investments in taxpayer priorities.”

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**PHOTO ADVISORY** Stamas sworn in for second term as 36th District state senator

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, was sworn in for a second term as senator for the 36th District on Wednesday during a ceremony at the state Capitol. Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Stephen J. Markman administered the oath of office.

Stamas was joined on the Senate floor by his wife Marsha, son Nick, brothers Nick and Tony, nephew and niece Dima and Sophie Stamas, sister and brother in law Angela and Gus Wojda, and niece Miranda Wojda.

“It is an honor to continue serving the hardworking people of the 36th District in the Michigan Senate,” Stamas said. “We have come a long way, and our state’s future is bright. I remain committed to working tirelessly as your state senator to move Michigan forward, improve education and grow our economy. It is the best way to give current and future generations the opportunity to live, work and raise a family here in our great state.”

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

Video of the swearing-in ceremony will be available at www.SenatorJimStamas.com/Video.

Sen. Stamas supports school safety initiatives

Sen. Jim Stamas

Sen. Jim Stamas

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Legislature has finalized comprehensive legislation designed to help keep students safe.

“We owe it to every Michigan child to help provide them with a safe and secure environment to learn and succeed,” said Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland. “These school safety measures will ensure that our schools and communities have the necessary resources, effective technology and proper training to best protect our students and teachers.”

Senate Bill 982 would create the Office of School Safety within the state police to update school safety practices, offer staff training and oversee use of school safety grants. SB 983 would require schools to conduct a safety assessment with local law enforcement by the 2019-20 school year — and at least every two years thereafter.

House Bill 5828 would create the School Safety Commission within the state police and require the commission to establish school safety metrics and review them regularly. HB 5829 would require schools to designate a school safety liaison to work with the commission.

“All Michigan schools need to have the necessary security in place to protect our students and teachers,” Stamas said. “Security improvements, training and preparation are all critical to protecting our schools. These reforms will ensure our schools have updated safety plans and that both school staff and law enforcement know what to do in an emergency.”

Additional measures in the finalized school safety plan include:
• Requiring schools to report attempted acts of violence on school grounds;
• Developing statewide training standards for active-violence situations in schools;
• Ensuring schools work with local law enforcement on new construction or upgrades to school buildings;
• Permanently extending the OK2SAY program;
• Requiring schools to report — at least twice a year — their 24/7/365 emergency contact, who would receive information submitted through the school safety hotline; and
• Allowing school boards to discuss safety plans in closed-door meetings.

SBs 882, 982-983 and 990-991 and HBs 5828-5829 and 5850-5852 now head to the governor to be signed.

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Stamas named Senate Appropriations chairman

Sen. Jim Stamas

Sen. Jim Stamas

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas was named the next chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday by Senate Majority Leader-elect Mike Shirkey.

“I am honored to be entrusted with leading the process to once again pass a balanced budget that holds state government accountable, supports our students and fixes our roads,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “As chairman, my focus will be to protect Michigan residents’ hard-earned tax dollars and ensure they are used effectively and efficiently to invest in education, infrastructure and roads.

“I want to thank current and former chairs Hildenbrand, Cox, Kahn, Moss and Haveman for their leadership over the last eight years, and I look forward to continuing to talk with them and learn from them.”

Stamas was elected on Tuesday to a second term as state senator for the 36th District, and he will begin his tenure as Appropriations chairman when the 100th Legislature takes office in January.

“Senator Stamas is a tremendously effective leader with a proven record of working with members on both sides of the aisle to get things done,” said Shirkey, R-Clarklake. “He will be an outstanding Appropriations chairman who will ensure our state budget priorities build on the achievements we have made since 2011 to improve our great state.”

Stamas said, “I look forward to working with my legislative colleagues and the new governor to finalize a budget that continues our economic recovery, meets our pressing challenges, provides essential services and builds a brighter future for all Michigan families.”

Stamas was first elected to the Senate in 2014, representing Alcona, Alpena, Arenac, Gladwin, Iosco, Midland, Montmorency, Oscoda, Otsego and Presque Isle counties.

He currently serves as assistant majority floor leader, as chairman of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, and chairs the General Government subcommittee on the Senate Appropriations Committee. Stamas is the owner of Pizza Sam’s in Midland and previously served as a state representative, county commissioner, township trustee, and in both the U.S. Army and the Michigan National Guard.

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Stamas salutes area schools receiving over $2M in safety grants

Sen. Jim Stamas

Sen. Jim Stamas

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas on Thursday congratulated area school districts that were recently awarded funds from the state’s Competitive School Safety Grant Program.

“We owe it to our children to help provide them with a safe and secure environment to learn and succeed,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “Thankfully, many of our schools have already made critical school safety improvements necessary to keep our students and teachers safe. These grants are part of an ongoing effort to ensure all our schools have the enhanced security necessary to provide a productive place for learning.”

The Legislature dedicated $25 million in the state budget to provide grants to improve the safety and security of school buildings through the purchase of technology and equipment and through school building safety assessments.

The funding was part of a $58 million investment in school safety initiatives, which also included support to improve access to mental health programs and enhance the state’s OK2SAY confidential tip-line program.

Schools in the 36th Senate District awarded grants by the Michigan State Police are:
• Alcona Community Schools — $247,519
• Alpena Public Schools — $91,523
• Coleman Community Schools — $248,597
• Gaylord Community Schools — $611,741
• Gladwin Community Schools — $24,481
• Iosco RESA, Tawas City — $27,806
• Meridian Public Schools, Sanford — $581,888
• Midland Public Schools — $204,603
• Mio AuSable Schools — $16,600
• St. Mary Cathedral School, Gaylord — $25,000

A complete list of recipients is available at www.michigan.gov/cjgrants. Click on School Safety.

According to the Michigan State Police (MSP), 407 applications were reviewed by a committee that included representatives from the MSP, Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, Michigan Sheriffs’ Association, Michigan Department of Education, Michigan Association of Non-Public Schools, school security personnel and the Executive Office of the Governor.

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Pettalia memorial highway dedicated

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas and Rep. Sue Allor on Friday joined friends and family of the late Rep. Peter Pettalia at a ceremony dedicating a memorial highway in Pettalia’s honor.

“The dedication of a part of Heritage Route 23 through Pete’s home county is a fitting tribute to his life and the tremendous impact he had on so many people,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “Pete was a personal friend and a common-sense public servant who did his best to improve our state and serve the people in Northern Michigan.

“He loved his family, his friends and the community. While he is missed by everyone who knew him, this memorial highway will ensure that he is never forgotten.”

In June, the governor signed Senate Bill 622 designating the portion of U.S. 23 in Presque Isle County between Maple Drive and Misiak Highway as the “Peter A. Pettalia Memorial Highway.” Pettalia served three terms in the Michigan House of Representatives from 2011 until his death in September 2016 in an accident on his way down to the Capitol for session.

“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’s wife Karen spoke at the dedication, which was attended by many of Pettalia’s family, friends and former colleagues.

Prior to serving in the Legislature, Pettalia 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, children and granddaughters.

The memorial will have no fiscal impact on the state or local government. State law requires private contributions cover all the costs of erecting and maintaining the memorial highway signs.

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

Photo caption: Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, and Rep. Sue Allor, R-Wolverine, joined friends and family members of the late Rep. Peter Pettalia at a ceremony dedicating a part of U.S. 23 in Presque Isle County between Maple Drive and Misiak Highway as a memorial highway in Pettalia’s honor.

**Media Advisory** Stamas, Allor to participate in Pettalia memorial highway dedication ceremony

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas and Rep. Sue Allor will join friends and family of the late Rep. Peter Pettalia at a ceremony on Friday to dedicate a memorial highway named in Pettalia’s honor.

Who:
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland;
Rep. Sue Allor, R-Wolverine; and
Pettalia’s family and friends; and
Local residents.

What:
A ceremony to dedicate one of the signs declaring the portion of U.S. 23 in Presque Isle County between Maple Drive and Misiak Highway as the “Peter A. Pettalia Memorial Highway.”

When:
Friday, Sept. 7 at 2 p.m.

Where:
Northbound Corner of U.S. 23 and Maple Drive
Alpena, MI

Brief:
Following the ceremony, there will be a reception at The Hideaway, 10085 U.S. 23 in Alpena.

In June, the governor signed Senate Bill 622, now Public Act 215 of 2018, designating the portion of U.S. 23 in Presque Isle County between Maple Drive and Misiak Highway as the “Peter A. Pettalia Memorial Highway.”

Pettalia served three terms in the Michigan House from 2011 until his death in September 2016 in an accident on his way down to the Capitol for session.

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**Media Advisory** Stamas, Midland County sheriff, Midland city police, Michigan State Police to hold voluntary gun drop-off on Saturday

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas, the Midland County Sheriff, Midland Police Department and Michigan State Police on Saturday are sponsoring a voluntary drop-off where residents will be able to dispose of firearms they no longer want or need.

Who:
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland;
Midland County Sheriff officers;
Midland Police Department officers; and
Michigan State Police troopers.

What:
A completely voluntary effort to allow people to drop off unused or unwanted guns to ensure that they are not stolen or accidently used by a family member.

When:
Saturday, Aug. 4 from noon to 4 p.m.

Where:
Midland Law Enforcement Center
2727 Rodd St.
Midland

Brief:
The purpose of the voluntary gun drop-off is to provide a safe manner for residents to get rid of old, broken and rusted guns — especially anyone who has inherited a firearm, does not want it and does not know how to safely dispose of it.

It is a voluntary drop-off, not a buy-back program. People will not be paid for any firearms they turn in. Unloaded weapons are preferred but not required. Residents should not bring ammunition.

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Stamas, Midland County sheriff, Midland city police, Michigan State Police holding voluntary gun drop-off on Aug. 4

Sen. Jim Stamas

Sen. Jim Stamas

LANSING, Mich. — Area residents will be able to dispose of firearms they no longer want or need during a voluntary drop-off on Aug. 4 in Midland.

The drop-off is sponsored by Sen. Jim Stamas, Midland County Sheriff’s Office, Midland Police Department and Michigan State Police.

“This is a completely voluntary effort to allow people to drop off unused or unwanted guns to ensure that they are not stolen or accidently used by a family member,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “The purpose is to provide a safe manner for residents to get rid of old, broken and rusted guns — especially anyone who has inherited a firearm, doesn’t want it and doesn’t know how to safely dispose of it.”

The voluntary gun drop-off will be held on Saturday, Aug. 4 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Midland Law Enforcement Center, located at 2727 Rodd St. in Midland.

“This is a voluntary gun drop-off, not a buy-back program,” Stamas said. “People will not be paid for any firearms they turn in.”

Unloaded weapons are preferred but not required. Residents should not bring ammunition.

For more information, residents can contact the Midland Police Department at 989-631-5716.

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