Unemployment Assistance & Legislative Updates

This week, the House and Senate returned to session. As we head towards the end of the year, expect news on the budget and a wide variety of policy issues as legislators make the final push for their legislative priorities to close out 2020. 

We’ve heard from many of you anxious to get back to your gyms and ice rinks, especially knowing how important sports and physical health are to our overall health and well-being – and we continued to communicate that feedback up to the state’s public health officials and the Governor’s office as they contemplated next steps. Good news on that front: gyms may reopen at limited capacity beginning on September 9th, along with rinks, bowling alleys for organized sports. Learn more, including details and recommendations on organized sports, here.

To all the students, parents, teachers and staff starting school — we know the start of the year may look a little different this year, but we wish you a great start to the year!  

And while we’ve still got some warm weather, the signs of Fall are here. Cider mills and apple orchards are starting to open around our district and the region. Check out the list and make your plans

Happy September and we hope to see you at a virtual coffee hour soon!

In this Edition 

UIA Assistance / MI Works! Oakland County Job Fair  Our local Oakland County Michigan Works! office is ready to help every resident get back on their feet, find a new career, and get back to work.  If you’re still seeking assistance with the Unemployment Insurance Agency, our local MI Works! office is now able to help. Click here to learn what their office is able to do — and not able to do — if you still need assistance with your account.  
Looking for a new job or ready to start a new career? MI Works! is dedicated to getting Oakland County back to work and assisting residents with tips on finding new jobs. To reach this goal, MI Works! is hosting virtual career workshop events. These events offer free registration and flexible time slots throughout the day.  
 Additionally, on Sept. 23, MI Works! is hosting a virtual job fair event with over 50 companies looking to hire. Anyone seeking employment is encouraged to attend; for more information you can click here.

Senate Bill 745 

This week, the Senate passed SB 745. This is an appropriations bill that included:

This bill is now on its way to the Governor for her approval. For additional information on this legislation, you can click here.

Senate Bills 1078 & 1079 

This week, I introduced a two-bill package,  SB 1078 and SB 1079, which would fill in a gap in Michigan’s existing laws by allowing the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to designate specific lanes for the use of high-occupancy vehicles (HOVs), or carpool lanes.  

Currently, 20 other states offer HOV lanes to encourage the use of public transit, carpooling, and ridesharing to cut down on the total number of vehicles traveling during high-traffic hours and improve traffic flow for all drivers. Learn more about HOV lanes here.  

As we are seeing the expansion and modernization of I-75 throughout Oakland County, the legislation could position Oakland County to lead the state in this adoption and innovation.  

Both bills have been referred to the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.  

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