Senator Dave Hildenbrand E-Newsletter

JUNE 2016

State Budget Update

State budget discussions are continuing on a timely schedule in Lansing. Throughout these negotiations, a number of high priority items have been identified. While not yet complete, the budget proposal puts education, public safety, infrastructure improvements, and assistance for residents of Flint affected by the water crisis as top items for investment. The Legislature plans to have a final budget passed and sent to the Governor for his signature within the next two weeks.

Senator Hildenbrand to serve on Veteran’s Workgroup

As many will recall, earlier this year an audit was released that identified significant issues at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. In an effort to address these findings and to work on a long term plan for veteran care in Michigan, a workgroup has been formed by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency. Senator Hildenbrand is honored to be a part of this workgroup and contribute to the discussion and analysis of the issues that surround veteran’s care. The workgroup plans to report out recommendations for improvements and changes to our current system by the end of the summer.

Senate passes bill to reduce cost of oral cancer treatments

Some types of cancer are best treated by intravenous administration. Others — such as blood cancers — can be treated only by oral chemotherapy. To effectively treat cancer, patients and their doctors must be able to choose the treatment that is best for them.

For a patient receiving chemotherapy intravenously in a hospital, the treatment is covered as a medical benefit. If a patient requires chemotherapy pills, the drug is covered as a pharmacy benefit, often with a higher out-of-pocket cost. This difference in coverage can result in a treatment that many patients simply can’t afford. The Senate recently passed legislation that would require insurance companies to cover oral cancer drug treatments the same as intravenously or injected chemotherapy treatments.

Senate Bill 625 would ensure access to all necessary treatment options. Currently, 41 other states have enacted similar laws.

The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Insurance. To track the progress of this legislation, please visit the Michigan Legislature’s website at and type the bill number in the appropriate box.

Bills reducing red tape for schools clears Senate

Erasing Red Tape

The Senate recently approved a package of bills to end unnecessary and redundant reports that schools must provide to state and federal agencies. The plan eliminates time-consuming, repetitive paperwork while making sure important information and data is still reported. By streamlining requirements, more time can be spent educating our kids and focusing on student achievement. The reform has received the support of education leaders across the state.

Senate Bills 754-767 have been sent to the House for consideration. For more information on this legislation, please visit the Michigan Legislature’s website at and type the bill number in the appropriate box.

April economic news positive

4.8% Unemployment

Michigan’s April unemployment rate held steady at 4.8 percent, once again below the national average! This marks the fourth month in a row that the jobless rate remained below 5 percent.

According to state officials, the state’s labor market in early 2016 has continued to strengthen. In fact, Michigan’s workforce grew by nearly 3 percent over the past year, far outpacing the national gain of 1.2 percent.

Free Fishing Weekend

Free Fishing Weekend

With 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, more than 11,000 inland lakes, and tens of thousands of miles of rivers and streams, Michigan offers some of the finest freshwater fishing in the world!

Michigan’s annual Summer Free Fishing Weekend is the perfect opportunity to introduce family and friends to this great outdoor activity. All fishing license fees are waived for two days on June 11 and 12, 2016. All fishing regulations still apply. Find more information, including sponsored and state park events, at

New guidebook for touring Pure Michigan byways

Free Fishing Weekend

Nothing says summer quite like a road trip!

The Michigan Department of Transportation offers a driving guide for download that covers 20 special byways and tour routes across Michigan. Each byway description highlights scenic, natural, historical, cultural and archaeological attractions along the route. The electronic booklet provides pictures, videos, maps, planning tips and other tourist information. Access the guidebook at and enjoy Michigan by taking the road less traveled.

Facebook Page resources

Each month, on my Facebook page, articles, notices and state resources are posted. Below is a sampling of information that has recently been posted. To receive more information like this, follow me on Facebook at

 Enter to win Michigan DNR’s “Fishing in 15” first ever video contest!
Michigan Education Trust aims to jump-start college savings through $529 sweepstakes!
Explore Michigan during National Bike Month!

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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