Senator Dave Hildenbrand E-Newsletter


Election Day: November 8, 2016!


The presidential and Congressional elections, along with state House of Representatives and many other county and local elections will take place on Tuesday, November 8th.

The Michigan Secretary of State Voter Information Center allows voters to access sample ballots specific to their precinct.

To view your sample ballot please visit:

New law provides public safety officer survivor benefits

Our first responders put their lives on the line when working to keep our families, neighborhoods and communities safe.

This year the Senate passed legislation — now law — to provide health care coverage for the surviving spouse and dependents of public safety officers who died in the line of duty. Public Act 284 of 2016 (SB 218) allows family members of law enforcement officers, corrections officers, firefighters, and members of a rescue squad or ambulance crew who lost their lives as a result of on-the-job duties to receive extended health care benefits.

The medical benefit plan would be comparable to the plan offered to retired state police officers and available for a maximum of five years. The law is retroactive to Oct. 1, 2015.

The new law is an important way to honor the sacrifices of those who serve and protect us.

Veteran’s Day

Veteran’s Day

This November 11, the nation will demonstrate appreciation for those who have served in the armed forces. These brave men and women have dedicated years of their lives for the safety and freedom of our country.

Across the United States, ceremonies and recognition celebrations will be held to honor our Veterans. Each of us can demonstrate our recognition by thanking a veteran and making sure they know how much they are appreciated.

Watch for deer while driving

Driving in Michigan in the fall requires a little extra caution. Although deer and vehicle collisions occur throughout the year, 45 percent of these crashes happen in October, November, and December.

According to the Michigan Deer Crash Coalition, most accidents and injuries occur when drivers swerve to avoid hitting the deer. If a crash is unavoidable, the safety group recommends that drivers don’t swerve, brake firmly, hold onto the steering wheel with both hands, come to a controlled stop and steer the vehicle well off the roadway.

More information, including additional safety tips and statistics for Kent County, is available at

Take steps to stay safe online

Cyber Security

According to the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center, Michigan residents and businesses have lost more than $26.5 million to cyber criminals already this year. The average victim has tallied a loss of nearly $4,000.

The Michigan State Police urges consumers to be vigilant internet users and offers the following tips:

• Don’t click on links or pop-ups, open attachments or respond to emails from strangers.
• Don’t respond to online requests for personal information.
• Password-protect all user accounts and devices that connect to the internet.
• Don’t use the same password twice; change your password on a regular basis.

More information about staying safe online is available at

Senator Dave Hildenbrand’s 2016 Hunting Update

Hunting Report

As an avid outdoorsman and hunter, I know there’s no better way to spend a fall day than heading into the field and woods to take part in Michigan’s proud hunting tradition. With a rich abundance of game animals and birds, there’s something to interest every hunter!

As you plan your trip, I wanted to send along some legislative news, safety information and more in this hunting report. I hope it is useful to you.

Hunters are important to Michigan, contributing to wildlife management and conservation, as well as the economy. In fact, the sport generates $2.3 billion annually for the state’s economy.

Best wishes for a safe and successful hunting season!


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.