Sen. MacGregor continues free movie tickets for ‘12 Strong’ promotion for veterans and active military personnel

Sen. Peter MacGregor

Sen. Peter MacGregor

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford, again offered to pay the ticket price for any veteran or active military personnel who wants to see the new film “12 Strong” at the NorthStar Cinemas in Rockford.

“I was pleased with the response from last week’s event, and it was a pleasure to meet some of our local veterans,” MacGregor said. “I’ll be covering tickets again this week in case anybody couldn’t make it the first time.”

NorthStar Cinemas in Rockford will provide a free ticket to veterans and active military members courtesy of MacGregor on Thursday, Feb. 8, for all showings. See the cinema’s website for show times. Vets and military servicemen must provide a military identification or a driver’s license with military designation to receive free entry.

“12 Strong” is an action film based on the true story of the first U.S. Army Special Forces (“Green Berets”) unit in Afghanistan who led the military response against the Taliban following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

“Again, I hope everyone enjoys the movie, and if you have any veterans issues that you would like to see addressed, contact my staff at SenPMacGregor@senate.michigan.gov,” MacGregor said. “As always, thank you for your service.”

NorthStar Cinemas in Rockford is located at 11699 Northland Drive and can be reached at 616-863-0358.

 

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Reminder: Sen. MacGregor offers free movie tickets to veterans and active military personnel for ‘12 Strong’

Sen. Peter MacGregor

Sen. Peter MacGregor

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford, will pay the ticket price for any veteran or active military personnel who wants to see the new film “12 Strong” at the NorthStar Cinemas in Rockford.

NorthStar Cinemas in Rockford will provide a free ticket to veterans and active military members courtesy of MacGregor on Thursday, Feb. 1, at the 4:25 and 7 p.m. showings. Vets and military servicemen must provide a military identification or a driver’s license with military designation to receive free entry.

NorthStar Cinemas is located at 11699 Northland Drive in Rockford and can be reached at 616-863-0358.

 

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Sen. MacGregor offers free movie tickets to veterans and active military personnel for ‘12 Strong’

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford, offered to pay the ticket price for any veteran or active military personnel who wants to see the new film “12 Strong” at the NorthStar Cinemas in Rockford.

“This film is an inspiring tribute to our heroes in uniform,” MacGregor said. “I’ll cover the ticket price for any veteran or active service member who wants to see the movie and spend an evening celebrating the glory and sacrifice of the real-life men who inspired the making of the film.”

“12 Strong” is an action film based on the true story of the first U.S. Army Special Forces (“Green Berets”) unit in Afghanistan who led the military response against the Taliban following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

NorthStar Cinemas in Rockford will provide a free ticket to veterans and active military members courtesy of MacGregor on Thursday, Feb. 1, at the 4:25 and 7 p.m. showings. Vets and military servicemen must provide a military identification or a driver’s license with military designation to receive free entry.

“Taking care of our veterans has been a major focus of my time in the Senate,” MacGregor said. “I’ve been honored to meet so many great service members at different events around the state and this is just another small way I want to show my appreciation for their patriotism and courage.”

Last year, MacGregor honored Vietnam era veterans at a lapel pinning ceremony in commemoration of the 50-year anniversary of the war. In 2016, MacGregor helped pass legislation to modernize and improve the quality of long-term veteran care services and to establish a state Veteran’s Facility Ombudsman position to respond to veteran concerns.

“Enjoy the movie, and if you have any veterans issues that you would like to see addressed, contact my staff at SenPMacGregor@senate.michigan.gov,” MacGregor said. “As always, thank you for your service.”

NorthStar Cinemas in Rockford is located at 11699 Northland Drive and can be reached at 616-863-0358.

 

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Sen. MacGregor reacts to the 2018 State of the State address

Sen. Peter MacGregor

Sen. Peter MacGregor

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford, issued a reaction on Tuesday following Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2018 State of the State address.

“Governor Snyder emphasized the tremendous strides that Michigan’s Republican leadership has made to cultivate a positive business environment,” MacGregor said.

“We went from being the prime example of economic depression to the region’s economic powerhouse. Because of our smart policy decisions, more than 540,000 new jobs, many in revived manufacturing industries, are boosting wages, driving down unemployment and attracting talent to stay in and move to Michigan.

“We did all this while maintaining fiscal responsibility: paying down state debt and building a windfall rainy day fund of just under $900 million. I was particularly pleased that the governor mentioned Michigan’s agriculture and tourism industries, which not only contribute to the economic wealth of the state, but also set Michigan a rung above our neighbors.”

MacGregor also expressed his enthusiasm for Snyder’s comments on education.

“I appreciate the governor’s continued focus on investing in education and improving learning opportunities for our youth,” MacGregor said. “STEM fields and the skilled trades are increasingly important; it’s our obligation to make sure our youth are prepared for the jobs of tomorrow. We have already invested $2.1 billion in education, including $96 million for skilled trades training, and we have introduced career pathway legislation to create new talent pools — but there’s still more that we can do.

“That is why I sponsored a bill that was part of a package of legislation recommended by the governor’s Career Pathways Alliance. My bill would give students clear information about the skills demanded in the marketplace and would empower administrators to guide their students to make smart educational decisions.

“Michigan, now more than ever, is a great place to live and to work. There’s still a lot to do, but there’s no question that the last seven years of Republican governance have created a tremendous turnaround for Michigan. I look forward to working with the governor in 2018 and building on our amazing successes for the good of all Michiganders.”

 

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Sen. MacGregor welcomes the Rev. Michael Cisler to state Capitol to give Senate invocation

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford, welcomed the Rev. Michael Cisler and his family to the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday. Cisler serves as pastor at North Kent Bible Church of Rockford and delivered the invocation before Senate session.

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Top photo caption: MacGregor (left) and his guest, the Rev. Michael Cisler, who delivered the first Senate session invocation of 2018.

Bottom photo caption: MacGregor (right) with the Rev. Michael Cisler, his wife Melinda, and their children Makenna, Charles and Angela. Cisler is pastor at North Kent Bible Church in Rockford.

Sen. MacGregor issues statement on fraudulent therapy dog legislation

Sen. Peter MacGregor

Sen. Peter MacGregor

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford, issued the following statement on Senate Bill 663:

“I fully support the use of therapy animals. We’ve learned that they can be incredibly helpful for someone suffering from anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder, among other conditions.

“Recently, we’ve heard complaints and discovered the existence of several fraudulent or uncertified entities offering false certifications for these animals.

“Under this legislation, in order to have an emotional support animal, one would need only to obtain a doctor’s note stating the animal assists in day-to-day activities that the individual would otherwise not be able to do.

“The goal of this legislation is to maintain the integrity of these very important service animals for those who truly need them.

“Landlords who allowed animals under the previous belief that they were a certified support animal could also evict the tenant if the tenant is found guilty.

“As this bill continues through the legislative process, I encourage those with questions or concerns to contact my office at 855-347-8028.”

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Sen. MacGregor, Rep. Afendoulis facilitate PFAS budget supplemental through both chambers

Sen. Peter MacGregor

Sen. Peter MacGregor

LANSING, Mich. — The state Senate on Wednesday approved a measure aimed at addressing the recent growth of groundwater issues caused by perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) throughout the state.

“Unfortunately, many parts of the state, including parts of my district, were included in these recent findings,” said state Sen. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford. “I am happy to see this issue being addressed and to see a bipartisan effort to find a solution.”

This funding will enable the state to assess the size and scope of the water quality issues regarding these compounds. This will ensure that the Departments of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Environmental Quality (DEQ) have the resources to analyze drinking and surface waters for PFAS.

This action comes in the wake of Gov. Rick Snyder announcing the creation of the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART). MPART was formally created by Executive Order 2017-4 and its members have been tasked with finding a timely and comprehensive solution to the recent increase of PFAS chemicals in groundwater systems across Michigan.

House Bill 4320, a supplemental to the 2017-2018 budget, includes an additional $23.2 million to address the PFAS problem. This money will go toward response and mitigation efforts, laboratory and testing equipment, water sampling and other measures.

Currently, Michigan does not have the capacity to perform drinking water testing at the levels recommended by the DEQ. A portion of this funding will go to expand state labs to provide comprehensive PFAS testing; allowing agents from DHHS and DEQ to better protect the public and identify potential problems.

“Testing for these compounds is relatively new and only 12 labs across the country are currently certified to perform such tests,” said MacGregor. “This supplemental is just the first step in getting our hands around this issue. When more data is available we can come back and reevaluate whether additional resources are needed.”

Rep. Chris Affendoulis also praised the approval of the funding measure.

“Senator MacGregor and I have worked diligently for several months to secure this funding,” said Affendoulis, R-Grand Rapids Township. “I’m thrilled to see both chambers come together to provide the much needed funding to address this issue.”

HB 4320 will now go to Gov. Rick Snyder for approval.

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Governor announces creation of Michigan PFAS Action Response Team

Sen. Peter MacGregor

Sen. Peter MacGregor

LANSING, Mich. — As various instances of contamination emerge across the state, on Monday Gov. Rick Snyder announced the creation of the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART).

MPART was formally created by Executive Order 2017-4 and members are tasked with finding a timely and comprehensive solution to the recent increase of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in groundwater systems across Michigan.

“There have been numerous communities throughout the state that have been negatively impacted by these recent outbreaks,” said state Sen. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford. “Unfortunately, parts of my district were included in this unfortunate situation. I am happy to see this emergency action being taken and hope it quickly leads to a solution.”

The team will be led by retired Michigan Chief Deputy Attorney General Carol Isaacs and also include representatives from the Michigan Departments of Environmental Quality; Health and Human Services; Military and Veterans Affairs; and Agriculture and Rural Development. Additional support will be provided by the Michigan Departments of State Police; Natural Resources; Technology, Management and Budget; Treasury; Licensing and Regulatory Affairs; and Education.

Because all levels of government are involved in maintaining public health, the team’s primary task will be enhancing cooperation and coordination among local, state and federal agencies and ensuring resources are being used as efficiently as possible. Officials will work with the Kent County Health Department and other government entities to not only determine contamination zones, but also to ensure the public continues to be updated on the evolving situation.

“The most important part of this is making sure everyone in the community knows what’s going on and knows what they need to do,” said MacGregor. “The Kent County Health Department has done a fantastic job keeping people updated and I am happy to work with them to spread this information to anyone who may need it.”

The Kent County Health Department maintains a website with up-to-date information that can be found here. The state has also created a website where the public can find out information about PFAS contamination and the ongoing efforts to address it in Michigan. The site will be continually updated as additional information becomes available.

MacGregor also announced that the Kent County Health Department will be hosting its second town hall meeting in the upcoming weeks. The meeting will take place on Nov. 29 at the Rockford Freshman Center located at 4500 Kroes St., Rockford. Beginning at 4:30 p.m., residents who have questions or concerns will be able to speak directly with various experts from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), Wolverine Worldwide, Rose and Westra GZA, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the Kent County Health Department (KCHD).

At 6 p.m. the town hall meeting will begin in the center’s gymnasium.

The latest information and information about the upcoming town hall can be found here.

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MacGregor awarded Legislator of the Year by Michigan Restaurant Association

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Restaurant Association (MRA) on Thursday presented Sen. Peter MacGregor with the organization’s 2017 Legislator of the Year Award.

“The food and beverage industry is incredibly important to Michigan. These establishments provide over 400,000 jobs as well as contribute nearly $16 billion to the state’s economy,” said MacGregor, R-Rockford. “I am honored to have been selected as this year’s Legislator of the Year. As a former small business owner, I recognize what goes into creating a successful establishment and I try to reflect that in my voting record.”

MacGregor was recognized for his continued support of the Michigan restaurant and foodservice community since taking office and most recently for introducing legislation that would protect the entire foodservice community by preventing local governments from levying an additional tax on certain meals or beverages.

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PHOTO CAPTION: State Sen. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford, accepts the Michigan Restaurant Association’s 2017 Legislator of the Year Award from Tom Bramson, who serves on the association’s board as an honorary member.

 

 

Sen. MacGregor issues statement on House Street Disposal, House Bill 4205

Sen. Peter MacGregor

Sen. Peter MacGregor

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford, issued the following statement on Tuesday regarding growing concerns over water contamination in Plainfield Township:

“My utmost concern lies with the residents who live in the area surrounding the former landfill on House Street and making sure they have all of the resources and information they need.

“Currently, the Michigan Departments of Health and Human Services, Environmental Quality, Natural Resources and Agriculture and Rural Development are working directly with the Kent County Health Department, Plainfield Township and Wolverine Worldwide to remedy the situation and provide residents with both short and long-term solutions. Weekly updates are provided on the Kent County Health Department’s website.

“Additionally, the Department of Environmental Quality continues to test the area surrounding the site and Wolverine Worldwide is providing water filters to those in need.

“House Bill 4205 would allow a process by which department directors could request standards that exceed those outlined by the federal government. This bill was not introduced or approved by the Senate Committee on Oversight in response to the current situation, nor can it be retroactively applied to the ongoing issue in Plainfield Township.”

MacGregor urges residents who would like more information, or have questions to click here, or visit www.AccessKent.com and click on the ‘Health Department’ link under the ‘Departments’ tab.

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