State Senator Dayna Polehanki| Legislative Update Newsletter

Dear Neighbors,

This has been a tumultuous year for many across our district, but I have been amazed at the way we have come together to get through these unprecedented times. I am so proud to represent such strong and resilient communities across Western Wayne County.

In this newsletter, you will find helpful resources about the COVID-19 pandemic, information about returning to school, a legislative update, and statistics on how my office has been working to help our constituents.

I know these past few months have been hard and uncomfortable, and that we are facing challenges unlike any we’ve ever experienced. My office stands ready to assist you in any way we can, so please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Proudly serving you,

Dayna Polehanki
State Senator 7th District

Toll-free: (855) 347-8007
Website: SenatorPolehanki.com
Email: SenDPolehanki@senate.michigan.gov


SUPPORTING YOU
DURING COVID-19*
3,255
Constituent Inquiries Addressed
906
Unemployment Claims Assisted
2
Virtual Coffee Hours
1
Virtual Town Hall
*Data between March and July 2020


COVID-19 RESOURCES

SENATE DISTRICT 13 RESOURCES
Information from my office about COVID-19
SenatorMcMorrow.com | 1- 855-347-8011
AREA AGENCY ON AGING 1-B
Coronavirus resources for seniors
aaa1b.org/coronavirus 1-800-852-7795
SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES
Michigan Economic Development Corporation
michiganbusiness.org 1-888-522-0103
CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL How to protect yourself and what to do if you are sick
cdc.gov | 1-800-232-4636
REPORT CONSUMER SCAMS
Michigan Attorney General Consumer Protection
1-877-765-8388
TESTING LOCATIONS
and more information on Michigan’s response:
michigan.gov/coronavirus
1-888-535-6136
MI HELP LINE
For health-related questions Available every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
1-888-535-6136
OAKLAND COUNTY COVID RESOURCES
Local COVID-19 resources
www.oakgov.com/covid/Pages/default.aspx | 248-858-1000

AUTO INSURANCE UPDATES
A SUMMARY OF WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT

Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Benefit Coverage Levels

Rate ROLLBACKS

Rating Factors

File and Approve

Anti-Fraud Unit

Re-entry Penalty


Arbor Hills Landfill

In July, I authored a letter opposing the Arbor Hills Landfill’s permit requests to dump contaminated water into Johnson Creek, as the creek is an irreplaceable asset to the community and the only cold-water trout stream in Wayne County. The environmental destruction that would be caused by approving these permits would be devastating, and I stand with Northville Township residents and their leadership in opposing them.

Michigan families and communities deserve every opportunity to be healthy and live in a safe, clean environment. That’s why, after taking office, I helped add air quality monitoring to the Arbor Hills Consent Agreement for its work near Ridgewood Elementary. I am relieved families and staff will have peace of mind in knowing the air they breathe is safe from toxic vapors and will continue to work on amending the laws currently allowing repeat violators, like Arbor Hills, from expanding their physical footprint.


LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Helping the Unemployed
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a chilling effect on the economy here in Michigan and across the country. That is why I introduced legislation to raise the weekly unemployment benefit from $362 a week to $602 a week. My legislation would also expand the benefits from the current 20 weeks to 26 weeks.Times are hard, and many people have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. I am committed to helping people stay in their houses, put food on the table, and make ends meet.

Mask Up, Michigan!
Join me in wearing a mask when you are out in public. By wearing a mask and physically distancing, we can prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

To see the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 or for further assistance, visit my website at SenatorPolehanki.com.

Pausing Standardized Testing
Michigan students have experienced tremendous challenges. When they return to school, it is important students get meaningful in-person instruction with their teachers. By prioritizing teaching time and assessments that drive instruction, we can get our students back on track.

On June 25, I introduced a concurrent resolution to urge the U.S. Department of Education to grant waivers to Michigan for federally mandated standardized tests. Later that week, Michigan State Superintendent followed suit and requested a similar waiver.


Mask Up, Michigan!


Join me in wearing a mask when you are out in public. By wearing a mask and physically distancing, we can prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

To see the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 or for further assistance, visit my website at SenatorPolehanki.com.

Return to Learn Advisory Committee

“It is of the utmost importance that we ensure our students, faculty, and staff feel safe and taken care of when they return. For me, this will continue to be at the forefront of anything else we do in the legislature related to school reopenings. “

State Senator Dayna Polehanki

I was asked by Governor Gretchen Whitmer to be a legislative representative on the Michigan Return to Learn Advisory Committee, which crafted guidelines for schools to return in the fall. The committee included teachers, administrators, parents, health professionals, school board members, and community leaders.

After meeting virtually in June, below are some of the key recommendations of the committee:


More news:

Senator Polehanki on DeVos rejection of test waiver request Senator Polehanki: ‘Students Need Instruction, Not More Tests’ Democrats Introduce Bills to Pause Standardized Testing

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