Senator Dave Hildenbrand E-Newsletter

APRIL 2017

Senator Hildenbrand supports new law improving access to health care services

Nationally, it's estimated that telehealth is expected to increase from the 250,000 patients who utilized the service in 2013 to more than 3 million patients by 2018.

Senate legislation now signed into law defines telehealth in the state's health code to encourage health care professionals to use electronic information and technologies to provide patient care. Public Act 359 of 2016 will help expand access to care, especially in underserved areas, reduce costs and improve patient outcomes. In addition, telehealth will benefit health care professional training and consultation between providers.

The new law, which went into effect on March 29, 2017, received wide support from within the health care community.

Kent County Tax Credit Coalition

Every year, millions of dollars in tax refunds and credits go unclaimed by those who need them the most. Through 15 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites throughout our community, the Kent County Tax Credit Coalition helps working individuals and families achieve economic success through free tax services and financial literacy courses.

To learn more about the free tax services offered to Kent County residents please visit the Heart of West Michigan United Way at or call 2-1-1.

Senator Hildenbrand welcomes Reverend Jim Pollard to the Capitol

Senator Hildenbrand welcomes Reverend Jim Pollard to the Capitol

Tuesday, March 21st, Senator Hildenbrand proudly welcomed Reverend Jim Pollard to the Capitol.

Reverend Pollard, from Forest Hills Presbyterian Church in Cascade Township, gave the invocation before the start of Senate session

Phone scams on the rise during tax season

During tax season, there’s an increase in scam phone calls from criminals claiming to be tax officials asking for cash payments through a wire transfer or prepaid debit card. The Michigan Department of Treasury reminds taxpayers that the agency will never:

• Initiate a phone call to ask for personal information;
• Call to demand immediate payment from a prepaid debit card, wire transfer or gift card;
• Threaten to immediately arrest the taxpayer;
• Demand that taxes be paid without an opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed; or
• Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

Taxpayers who receive a call from a scammer should report the case to the IRS by calling 800-366-4484.

Order your free Pure Michigan Spring/Summer Travel Guide

Travel Guide

The Pure Michigan Travel Guide highlights fascinating sights to see, intriguing places to go and great activities to participate in throughout Michigan.

To order a printed version or view the digital edition of the 2017 Pure Michigan Spring/Summer Travel Guide please visit

MDOT 2017 construction map now available

The 2017 Paving the Way state construction map is now available 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.

2017-2018 A Citizen’s Guide to State Government

Gitizen’s Guide

The Citizen’s Guide serves as a useful reference tool in assisting constituents stay in touch with their elected officials. Specific information is provided on the geographic location of both congressional and state districts as well as state legislative committee assignments.

To view an online version of A Citizens Guide to State Government please visit, or contact my office either by email or by phone (866) 305-2129 and I will be happy to mail you a copy.

Renew your boat registration online


With spring on its way, it’s never been easier to renew your watercraft registration! All watercraft, unless exempt, must be registered with the Michigan Secretary of State. Visit to renew online, or renew by mail or at a Secretary of State branch office. Registrations are issued for three years and expire on March 31 of the third year.

Money from boat registration fees helps fund Michigan’s 82 public harbors and more than 1,300 public boat launches. Michigan is the third largest marine market in the country with more than 900,000 registered watercraft.


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.