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Senator Dave Hildenbrand E-Newsletter

APRIL 2016

Moving forward with Detroit Public Schools

The Senate recently approved a series of bills intended to help address the education crisis facing the children in the Detroit Public Schools (DPS).

Per the state constitution, the legislature has a responsibility to maintain and support a system of free public K-12 education for all children in the state.  After decades of poor academic results, bad financial decisions, and failed leadership at DPS, the Senate put together a long-term reform plan to put the education system in Detroit on a better path. 

Senate Bills 710711820 and 821, sponsored by Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, and SBs 819 and 822, sponsored by Sen. David Knezek, D–Dearborn Heights, would create a new Detroit Community District (DCD) to assume the operations of the current Detroit Public Schools (DPS). The new district would operate the schools, and the current Detroit Public Schools district would remain only for the purpose of levying taxes and retiring the district’s debt.

This legislation now heads to the House of Representatives for further discussion.

Michigan Senate passes bill to boost organ donations

More than 3,500 people in Michigan are currently awaiting an organ transplant.

The Michigan Senate recently passed legislation intended to help increase the number of registered organ donors. Senate Bill 541 would require the Secretary of State’s office to ask individuals applying for a driver’s license if they would like to be added to the Michigan organ donor registry.

While more than 9,000 Michigan patients have received a life-saving organ transplant in the past 10 years, the number of available organs doesn't meet the demand and the need is great.

For information about organ donation or to join the registry, visit

Senate Bill 352, the CARE Act, passes legislature


The legislature recently passed the CARE Act which is designed to support and equip family caregivers with the basic information and training they need when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home.

In Michigan, there are 2 million caregivers at any point in the year who devote 1.4 billion hours in unpaid care to loved ones at a total value of $15.5 billion, according to a report by AARP’s Public Policy Institute. This bill will help them greatly as they care for their loved ones.

This legislation is now headed to the Governor for his consideration. 

Michigan Senate backs bill to protect children

The Michigan Senate recently passed legislation to grant immunity from civil liability to Good Samaritans who forcefully enter a car to rescue a child or pet trapped in an emergency situation. Under Senate Bill 566, someone who breaks a car window to save the life of a child or animal can’t be sued for doing so.

To receive civil immunity, a person must believe that the child or animal is in imminent danger if not removed from the car and there is no other way to safely rescue them. In addition, the individual must contact law enforcement, place a notice on the car’s windshield and stay with the child or animal in a safe location.

Sadly, since 1998, ten Michigan children and numerous animals have died of heatstroke while locked in a car.

Graduation rates continue to improve

Michigan’s four-year high school graduation rate increased to nearly 80 percent for the 2014-15 school year. The upward trend continued for five-year and six-year graduation rates as well. Graduation rates are calculated by following individual students from the time they first enroll as ninth-graders and are a good way to measure school accountability.

Dropout rates also declined, continuing a positive four-year trend. Find graduation and dropout rates for schools and districts at in the Kindergarten – 12th Grade section.

Road construction projects set

Road construction

The 2016 Paving the Way state construction map is now available by contacting my office or online at The map details the major road repairs scheduled this season on state highways and trunklines, along with the construction dates.

State construction information and up-to-date traffic information is also available on the MI Drive website at, as well as the MI Drive mobile app, available on iTunes and Google Play.

Entrepreneurs: Register for free events

Many people dream about being their own boss. Budding entrepreneurs can find information about starting their own business by participating in upcoming webinars and seminars offered by the state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

The webinars will be held on Wednesdays from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. and include the following topics:

March 30 - Regulation A+ and other exemptions
April 13 - Legal and structural basics: key formation and often overlooked issues
April 27 - Funding your new company Aliquam erat volutpat
May 11 - How to stay of out of trouble while raising money

To register for a webinar, visit

Securities seminars will also be held in Troy, Grand Rapids and Marquette about options for raising capital in Michigan. Find dates and locations, and register for a seminar at

Curtis Cleaners to accept donated men’s and women’s suits for our veterans

Grand Rapids area Curtis Cleaners will collect donated suits at their four locations, dry clean them, and deliver them for veterans to use.

This effort, modeled after the “Suits for Soldiers” organization in Southeast Michigan, will help our veterans as they look for employment after returning home from service.

People interested in donating their used, but in good condition suits, can drop them off at any of the following Curtis Cleaners locations below during normal business hours or contact any location to schedule a free home pickup.

1410 W. Main St.
Lowell, MI 49331
(616) 897-9809
Monday-Friday (7 a.m.-7:30 p.m.)
Saturday-Sunday (8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.)

Grand Rapids
450 Michigan St.
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 451-4908
Monday-Friday (6 a.m.-10 p.m.)
Saturday- Sunday (7a.m.-10 p.m.)

6640 28th St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
(616) 940-3356
Monday-Friday (7 a.m.-7 p.m.)
Saturday (9 a.m.-2 p.m.)

6745 Fulton St.
Ada, MI 49301
(616) 682-9161
Monday-Friday (7 a.m.-7 p.m.)
Saturday (9 a.m.-2 p.m.)

Once the suits are cleaned, Curtis Cleaners will deliver them to Volunteers of America where staff with the Veteran Networking Job Club will store and facilitate getting the suits to veterans who can use them.


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.


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