Senator Hildebrand supports budget funds to build police memorial
We owe so much to the police officers who put their lives on the line to serve and protect our neighborhoods and communities.
The Legislature recently allotted $1.2 million in the state budget to help build a memorial to those who have died in the line of duty. The Michigan Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Monument will pay tribute to the fallen and honor their courage, dedication and commitment to keeping Michigan safe.
The monument will be located near the Michigan Vietnam Veterans Memorial adjacent to the Hall of Justice in Lansing. More information is available at www.michigan.gov/mleom
. New law to create fundraising plates for sports teams' charities
Michigan motorists will have a new way to show their support for their favorite home state professional sports team!
Senate legislation recently signed into law directs the secretary of state's office to develop and issue fundraising license plates recognizing the Detroit Pistons, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Lions and Detroit Tigers. Revenues from the sales of the plates will be distributed to the charitable foundations associated with the teams. The charities support various youth, educational, and healthy living causes.
The secretary of state must establish the new license plates and have them available to be issued by Aug. 1, 2019. Hunters: Apply for fall turkey hunting and antlerless deer licenses
While spring is the traditional time to hunt wild turkey, some areas in Michigan are open to fall turkey hunting. The fall turkey license application period runs until Aug. 1. Find more information and buy an application online at www.michigan.gov/turkey
In addition, the antlerless deer license application period runs from July 15 to Aug. 15. For more details and to buy an application online, visit www.michigan.gov/deer
. Protect families and pets from rabies
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) reports there has been an increase in the number of bats testing positive for rabies compared to the same time last year.
The following precautions are recommended to help protect your family and pets from rabies:
- Avoid contact with wild animals;
- If bitten or scratched by an animal, seek immediate medical attention and alert the local health department;
- If you find a bat in your home, safely confine or collect it and contact your local health department to see if it should be tested for rabies, or hire a bat/wildlife removal service;
- Vaccinate your pets against rabies; and
- If your animal is bitten or scratched by a wild animal, contact your veterinarian.
In 2017, there were 38 cases of rabies in animals in Michigan, including 35 bats, two skunks and one cat. More information, including a map of rabies-positive animals in Michigan, is available at www.michigan.gov/rabies
. Senator Hildenbrand supports new law to help patients
A Michigan law recently took effect to strengthen efforts to fight the opioid epidemic. Senate Bill 274
— now Public Act 251 — limits an acute pain prescription of an opioid to a seven-day supply within a seven-day period. Acute pain is described as pain associated with procedures or trauma, such as a sprained ankle or having wisdom teeth removed, that lasts a limited amount of time.
Statistics indicate that one in four patients who are prescribed prescription opioids long term struggle with overdose. The new law will limit exposure to potentially addictive medications and reduce the potential for overdose. Other reforms already in place require doctors to consult the Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS) and counsel patients on the risks of opioids before prescribing. Senator Hildenbrand backs driver safety law
New drivers will learn the proper procedure to follow if they are pulled over during a traffic stop under legislation recently signed into law. Public Act 276 of 2018
requires driver's education to include information on what to do and how to interact with law enforcement during a traffic stop. The training will promote driver safety and prepare young, inexperienced drivers for a potentially stressful situation. Free ORV Weekend
Michigan residents and out-of-state visitors can ride DNR-designated routes and trails Aug. 18-19 without an ORV license or trail permit during the second Free ORV Weekend of the year.
The weekend event includes nearly 3,700 miles of off-road trails and the state's five scramble areas — St. Helen's Motorsport Area, Black Lake Scramble Area, Silver Lake State Park, Bull Gap and The Mounds. All other ORV rules and laws still apply and a Recreation Passport is required where applicable. Find more information, including ORV trail maps and a link to the Handbook of Michigan Off-Road Vehicle Laws, at www.michigan.gov/orvinfo
. Take an Adult Fishing Day coming up
Fishing is a great way for families to spend a summer day!
The second annual Take an Adult Fishing day on Aug. 4 encourages kids and their parents to plan a fishing trip for time together in Michigan's great outdoors. Visit www.michigan.gov/fishing
to learn more about this special event and find fishing locations by searching the Family Friendly Fishing Waters website or checking out the state parks that offer instruction on how to fish through the Hook, Line and Sinker program. Electric customers to see savings from federal tax cut
The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) recently approved nearly $270 million in savings for electric customers of Consumers Energy Co. and DTE Electric Co. from the new, lower federal corporate tax rate.
The move means rate reductions for Michigan customers of nine of the 10 rate-regulated utilities impacted by the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). Residential bills are projected to decline by an average of $1.95 a month. Grand Rapids Restaurant Week: August 8-19
Support local businesses and enjoy some of the best the city has to offer during Grand Rapids Restaurant Week. Restaurant Week GR is your chance to Taste the City! Savor specially priced lunches, dinners or both at 60+ area restaurants. Each restaurant will create a special menu highlighting fresh, local ingredients for the event. Visit https://experiencegr.com/restaurant-week/ for more details.