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Deadline approaching to register for March 8 Presidential Primary

Deadline approaching to register for March 8 Presidential Primary

With this year being a Presidential election year, Michigan voters will have the chance to participate in determining the nominees for their respective political parties. In order to do this you must be registered to vote by February 8. For more information on where to register visit:

Also for residents of the 75th State House District (portions of the City of Grand Rapids) you will also be asked to vote to fill the current vacancy that exists for this seat. You can see a sample ballot and find more information on Election Day at:

Absentee ballots now available to vote in March 8 presidential primary

Absentee ballots are now available for the March 8 presidential primary in Michigan.

Voting absentee is only allowed in certain circumstances for registered voters in the state, including if you are:

age 60 years old or older
unable to vote without assistance at the polls
expecting to be out of town on election day
in jail awaiting arraignment or trial
unable to attend the polls due to religious reasons, or
appointed to work as an election inspector in a precinct outside of your precinct of residence.

When voters request an absentee ballot or arrive at the polls and fill out their application to vote, they must indicate whether they wish to vote in the Democratic or Republican party primary. They will then receive a ballot listing candidates for that party. Some communities will have additional special local election items on the ballot. Voters who wish only to vote in the special election may request a ballot that does not include presidential candidates.

Download an absentee ballot application.

Flint Water Information

Flint Water Info

The Legislature and Governor recently approved a $28 million emergency appropriation that will help address a number of immediate needs in the City of Flint as a result of the water crisis there. We will now continue the process of identifying additional needs in both the short and long term.

As we work together to address the needs of our fellow residents in Flint, it is important to have access to up-to-date information on the situation. The State of Michigan continues to coordinate response efforts in partnership with the City of Flint, Genesee County and local community organizations. The website has been set-up to provide details on how you can help, recent news, resources available to residents in need, and other timely information

2016 marks the start of new laws

Several new laws passed in 2015 that took effect in 2016. Laws of interest to veterans, motorists and parents include:

Public Acts 144-147 of 2015 help people with disabilities—including military veterans—and their service dogs access public places like businesses and schools. Service animals are trained to provide assistance to people with disabilities, including those with post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury. People can voluntarily register their animals and receive a Registered Service Animal ID card for themselves and a patch for the dog’s vest or harness. Learn more at
Public Act 135 of 2015 allows drivers to show law enforcement an electronic copy of their proof of insurance on their cell phone or other mobile device. Michigan now joins 37 other states that permit motorists to use this technology.
Public Act 165 of 2015 bans the sale, distribution and possession of powdered alcohol. With packaging and flavors that can appeal to kids, this pocket-sized product poses too great a potential for abuse, especially among teens and those too young to drink.

Bills would provide law enforcement with easier access to emergency contact info

In an emergency, time is of the essence. House Bills 4459 and 4460, were recently passed by the Legislature to help make emergency contact information more easily accessible to law enforcement in a timely manner.

If signed into law by the Governor, the Secretary of State would be required to develop a process by which individuals could voluntarily submit emergency contact information to be stored on your driver’s license and accessed by law enforcement in the case of an emergency.

Mark your calendar for winter fun!

Free Fishing Weekend

Michigan’s free fishing weekend is right around the corner! On Feb. 13 and 14, anglers can fish without a license. All state fishing regulations, except the license requirement, still apply. Visit for more information, including special activities around the state.

Your Snow Day Starts Here

Your snow day starts here

There’s no doubt that Michigan has a lot to offer when it comes to experiencing all the fun winter weather has to offer, but are you taking advantage of some of the emerging snow sports and activities available? Check out Pure Michigan’s Snow Day website at for information on all types of activities, from sledding and skiing, to ice climbing and fat tire biking, your snow day starts at!


School Tour Groups

School Groups
Almost every week, I have the privilege of welcoming students from the Grand Rapids area to the Michigan capitol building. During their visit, I always try to welcome them and take a quick photo. To see these pictures, please visit this page on my website.

Contact Senator Hildenbrand’s Office

Senator Dave Hildenbrand
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

Toll-Free: (866) 305-2129 or (517) 373-1801

Email:  Please include name, address, and phone number.


The purpose of this E-Newsletter is to provide a timely update of Senator Hildenbrand's activity at the State Capitol to the residents and organizations of the 29th Senate District. Electronic newsletters will only be sent out on a monthly basis. You will not be inundated with e-mails.