Senator Dave Hildenbrand E-Newsletter


Veteran Care Legislation Receives Final Approval

Bill Signing

Legislation that would create a new Veterans Facility Authority in Michigan received final approval from Gov. Rick Snyder on January 11, 2017.

The four-bill package will provide Michigan’s veterans and their dependents with improved access to long-term care and the construction of new state-of-the-art facilities in Grand Rapids and Detroit.

“Our veterans have served our nation valiantly and deserve the best possible care,” said state Senator Dave Hildenbrand. “This legislation will modernize the way our veterans homes operate and transform them into facilities that can quickly and easily adapt to the ever-changing nature of long-term care services.”

Senate Bill 1100, the main bill in the package, sponsored by Sen. Hildenbrand, is now Public Act 560 of 2016. Work will now continue with the appointment of members to serve on the new authority and proceeding with federal and state approval processes for the new facilities to be built in Grand Rapids and Detroit.  

New law ensures students learn CPR

High school is a time to help prepare our students for the “real world.” Now under Senate legislation signed into law at the end of last year, graduates will enter the workforce or attend college having learned an important lifesaving skill.

Senate Bill 647 (Public Act 388 of 2016) adds instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) as part of the state health education standards for grades 7-12. Schools are encouraged to use local law enforcement or emergency response personnel, or representatives of the Red Cross or the American Heart Association to provide the training.

The use of CPR and AEDs increases the likelihood a person will survive a cardiac arrest. If every high school student had this training before graduation, Michigan would gain 100,000 new CPR-trained individuals each year! The new law will take effect at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year.

Legislation enacted to update standards for skilled trades

Skilled trade jobs are a vital part of Michigan’s economy. Last year a 10-bill package was passed that would modernize guidelines for the skilled trade professions and help encourage workers to choose a career in the trades.

The Senate legislation — now law — creates one uniform code for five trade groups including electricians, mechanical contractors, boiler inspectors and installers, building inspectors, and plumbers.  The reform establishes clear and efficient standards for the application and complaint processes, and how penalties are enforced. The new law also streamlines requirements for those workers who are licensed across multiple trades.

Winter free fishing weekend approaching

Free Fishing Weekend

Whatever the weather, fishing offers a great way to spend time in Outdoor Michigan!

Michigan’s annual Winter Free Fishing Weekend — held February 18 and 19 this year — provides an opportunity to enjoy a special season of fishing, either on the ice or along open water. All fishing license fees are waived for these two days. However, all other fishing regulations still apply. Parking is free at state parks and state boating access sites during the free fishing weekend! 

Business services expanded on Treasury website

The Michigan Treasury Online website has been updated to improve its internet services to business taxpayers.

Businesses can now upload their W-2s and other wage statements, request fuel credit refunds and perform other paperless taxpayer duties and transactions online. Visit for more information. 

State of the Great Lakes report released

State of the Great Lakes Report

The Great Lakes are Michigan’s most treasured natural resource. These magnificent lakes are central to our economy and outdoor heritage.

The recently released 2016 Michigan State of the Great Lakes Report takes a look at a number of important “big lake” issues, including Michigan’s water strategy, water trails recreation, water technology innovation and the blue economy. Access the document 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

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