Infographics from the Michigan Senate Republicans


Snowmobile Safety Awareness Week

Snowmobiling is a fun and exciting family activity enjoyed by over 4 million people across the United States and Canada.

  • The Economic Impact of Snowmobiling:
    • United States—$26 billion annually
    • Canada—$8 billion annually
  • Over 100,000 full time jobs are generated by the snowmobile industry in North America. Those jobs are involved in manufacturing, dealerships and tourism related businesses.
  • In Michigan, you must complete the Michigan Snowmobile Ed Course if you are between the ages of 12 to 16 and will be riding in Michigan.
  • Last winter in Michigan, there were 15 confirmed snowmobile related deaths.


Snowmobile Safety Awareness Week

Snowmobiling is a fun and exciting family activity enjoyed by over 4 million people across the United States and Canada.

  • The Economic Impact of Snowmobiling:
    • United States-$26 billion annually
    • Canada-$8 billion annually
  • Over 100,000 full time jobs are generated by the snowmobile industry in North America. Those jobs are involved in manufacturing, dealerships and tourism related businesses.
  • In Michigan, you must complete the Michigan Snowmobile Ed Course if you are between the ages of 12 to 16 and will be riding in Michigan.
  • Last winter in Michigan, there were 15 confirmed snowmobile related deaths.


Sanctity of Human Life Sunday

Created by Ronald Reagan through a presidential proclamation on January 16th, 1984, National Sanctity of Human Life Day was designated to be celebrated on January 22, 1984. This day was selected in particular because it marked the 11th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

Regan issued the proclamation annually thereafter, designation Sanctity of Human Life Day to be the third Sunday in January. George H. W. Bush, his successor, continued the annual proclamation throughout his presidency as did his son, George W. Bush, throughout his tenure as President.


Inauguration Day

Inauguration day is an important day for all Americans as the ceremonies demonstrate the resilience of our republic with the peaceful transfer of power from President Barack Obama to President Donald Trump. Congratulations and best of luck to our new President!


Detroit incorporated as Michigan's first city

On January 18, 1802, the Legislature of the Northwest Territory granted Detroit township status, effective Feb. 1 of that year. The new Town of Detroit was finally an incorporated municipality, able to elect its own board of trustees and write its own laws.  


State of the State 2017

@MISenate will be tweeting live #MISOTS17


Michigan's 2017 State of the State Infographic


MLK Day

An American Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement, Martin Luther King Jr. was an extraordinary individual who had a way of inspiring through his practice of nonviolence. Known for his involvement with movements such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955, the Albany Movement in 1961, the Birmingham campaign in 1963, and perhaps most famously, his March on Washington in 1963 where he delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, Martin Luther King jr. set forth a precedent of nonviolent protest for human rights in the United States.

Background Information of MLK Day:

  • April 8, 1968 - Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) introduces legislation for a federal holiday to commemorate King, just four days after his assassination.
  • April 1971 - The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) presents to Congress petitions containing three million signatures in support of the holiday. Congress does not act.
  • 1973 - Illinois is the first state to adopt Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a state holiday.
  • November 1979 - The House fails to pass Conyers' King Holiday bill by five votes.
  • 1982 - Coretta Scott King and Stevie Wonder bring the speaker of the House, Tip O'Neil, petitions with over six million signatures in favor of a holiday.
  • 1983 - Congress passes and President Ronald Reagan signs legislation creating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a national holiday. Senators Jesse Helms (R-NC) and Gordon Humphrey (R-NH) attempt to block the bill's passing.


Ratification Day

Ratification Day in the United States refers to the anniversary of the ratification of the Treaty of Paris on January 14, 1784.

Signed at the Maryland State House in Annapolis, the treaty officially ended the American Revolutionary War.

 


First Assembly Line

Ford’s use of the assembly line, the most significant piece of Ford’s efficiency crusade, was a turning point in modern production methods. Inspired by the production methods used by flour mills, the assembly line cut the time of production for a car from twelve hours to two and a half which equates to an increase in production by 480 percent. Ford was able to not only make his vehicles more quickly through this method but at a higher quality as each worker specialized in the assembly of one part as opposed to being a jack-of-all-trades. This revolutionary production method allowed Ford to push a more competitive product at a cheaper cost and price which made Ford Motor Company a giant.


Michigan Firsts: Joan L. Wolfe

On this day in 1977, Joan L. Wolfe became the first woman to chair a major commission.

Wolfe, born in 1929, was an extraordinary Michigan woman who became one of the most impactful environmentalists in our state’s history. Alongside her accomplishment of becoming the first woman to chair a major state commission, Joan Wolfe also founded the West Michigan Environmental Action Council in 1968, became a member of the first Natural Resources Trust Fund Board, was a part of the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Electric Energy Alternatives, and played a major role in the passage of the landmark Michigan Environmental Protection Act of 1970.

In 1996, she was one of the eight honorees of the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame.


National Cut Your Energy Costs Day

Today is National Cut Your Energy Costs Day! Here are some tips for saving money on energy this winter.

National Cut Your Energy Costs Day encourages people to look for ways to reduce energy costs, and save on their energy bills.

It is often in the little things that you do that can save you big money on your energy bill, such as:

  • Weatherproof your home
  • Replace old windows with new energy-efficient windows
  • Replace old furnace with new energy-efficient furnace
  • Properly maintain furnace
  • Use solar heat if possible
  • Turn down thermostats
  • Turning off lights when leaving a room
  • Use energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs
  • Run dishwasher and washing machine only when fully loaded
  • Lower water heater temperature
  • Take shorter showers
  • Unplug unused appliances
  • Carpool whenever possible
The above listed are just a few of the many ways to conserve energy. Using these tips, along with the others ones you may already have in practice, as well as all new energy saving tips that you can find online, you will be able to move forward better each day saving money for you home and family.


First Day of Session

It's the first day of the 99th Legislative Session! The #MISenate returns at noon today! #MILeg


Human Trafficking and Slavery Awareness Day

With nearly two dozen related pieces of legislation passed in 2014 alone, the Michigan Legislature has been adamantly fighting Human Trafficking in an effort to make Michigan safer for its residents. In addition to these new laws, Governor Snyder also assembled a special team this March, led by Cpl. Erin Diamond from Wayne County, to combat human trafficking in Michigan.

  • Today, there are more slaves in the world than at any other point in human history with an estimated total of 20 to 30 million slaves.
  • Of those millions of individuals, it is estimated that anywhere from 600 to 800 thousand people are trafficked across international borders every year.
  • 80% of the slaves today are female and nearly half are believed to be children. The average victim is between the ages of twelve and fourteen years old.


Henry Ford's World Speed Record

On January 12, 1904 in New Baltimore, Michigan, Henry Ford personally drove the rechristened 999 with his mechanic Ed "Spider" Huff at the throttle. A new land speed record was achieved of 91.37 mph (147.05 km/h) on an ice track carved into Lake St. Clair's Anchor Bay. It stood for only a few weeks, but this was ample time to bring more good publicity for Ford's new company.


National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

Today we salute our law enforcement! We greatly appreciate their hard work to keep our communities safe!

On Jan. 9, 2017, partnering organizations in support of law enforcement officers nationwide will promote National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.). In light of recent negativity directed toward law enforcement nationally, there is a need to show law enforcement officers that our citizens recognize the difficult and sometimes impossible career they have chosen, in public service to us all.

Here are a few ways you can show your support on Jan. 9:

• Change your profile picture on social media to the .jpg image provided at www.facebook.com/nationalcops.
• Wear blue clothing in support of law enforcement.
• Send a card of support to your local police department or state agency.
• Share a story about a positive law enforcement experience on social media.
• Ask children in your community to write letters in support of law enforcement.
• Participate in Project Blue Light - Proudly display your blue light in support of law enforcement.
• Organize an event or a rally in support of your law enforcement officers.
• Advertise your support through local media outlets/billboards.
• Post the public service announcement supplied by C.O.P.S. to your organization's webpage or social media pages.

Most importantly, if you see a police officer, thank a police officer.


North American International Auto Show

The North American International Auto Show kicks off today! Be sure to check it out before it ends on January 22!


Winter Tourism in Michigan

Michigan is a Winter Wonderland! There is no shortage of things to do in our great state throughout the Winter!


National Mentoring Month

Research shows that quality mentoring relationships have a positive impact on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situation.

Mentoring connects a young person to personal growth and development and social and economic opportunity. Being a mentor is one of the most important things you can do for a child. One hour a week can make a big difference in a young person's life.

National Mentoring Month is a campaign held each January to promote youth mentoring in the United States. It was inaugurated in 2002, and is spearheaded by the Harvard School of Public Health, MENTOR, and the Corporation for National and Community Service. Participants in the National Mentoring Month campaign include leading nonprofit organizations and numerous governors and mayors. Designated nonprofit and governmental agencies are responsible for coordinating local campaign activities in communities across the country, including media outreach and volunteer recruitment.


Radon Action Month

Did you know that radon is the number two cause of lung cancer in the United States? What makes radon so deadly is that it cannot be seen, smelled, or tasted. The only way to be aware of its presence is through proper testing. Most radon related problems can be fixed by a do-it-yourselfer for less than $500! Make sure to test your home once every 2 to 5 years. The Environmental Protection Agency instituted National Radon Action Month to help people become more aware of the facts about radon and the dangers it presents to their families' health.


National Blood Donor Month

This January, the American Red Cross celebrates National Blood Donor Month and recognizes the lifesaving contribution blood and platelet donors make to modern healthcare.


National Human Trafficking and Slavery Prevention Month

January is Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. #MISenate Republicans recently passed several bills -- now law -- that will provide assistance to survivors by giving them access to additional resources to help support their recovery. The new laws also increase penalties for those who commit crimes of coercing victims to engage in commercial sexual activity, creating heightened protections for survivors of human trafficking.

Human Trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery, widespread throughout the United State and occurs right here in Michigan. In fact, Michigan's proximity to the Canadian border and waterways increase the likelihood of trafficking in our state.

While we would like to think of slavery as a relic of the past, we know that it is not. Today, millions of women, men, and children around the world are subjected to forced labor, domestic servitude, or the sex trade at the hands of human traffickers. What many do not know is that this crime occurs right here in the United States, in our own cities and towns. By Presidential proclamation, January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.


School Board Recognition Month

Did you know that January is School Board Recognition Month? We want to thank our local leaders for their dedication and willingness to serve as advocates for our children and schools. This is your opportunity to build community awareness and understanding about the crucial role an elected board of trustees assumes in a representative democracy.


Western Michigan University in the Cotton Bowl

Did you know that January is School Board Recognition Month? We want to thank our local leaders for their dedication and willingness to serve as advocates for our children and schools. This is your opportunity to build community awareness and understanding about the crucial role an elected board of trustees assumes in a representative democracy.


State Capitol Building Dedicated on Jan. 1, 1879

On January 1, 1879, a magnificent new Capitol was dedicated to the people of Michigan. Speaking at its dedication, Governor Croswell noted that the structure stood as "evidence of the lasting taste, spirit and enterprise" of the citizens of the state. In November 1992, more than 113 years later, another celebration took place, marking both the successful conclusion of the Capitol's restoration and its rededication to at least another 100 years of service to Michigan.


Happy New Year 2017

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