In this issue:
Back to School UpdateWith Labor Day behind us, the school year is now in full swing.
In addition to today's e-news topics, important information about education funding, bus safety tips and much more is available in my 2013 Back to School Update.
Best wishes to students and staff for a successful academic year!
New concussion law protects young athletesAs school athletes return to the practice field, their health and well-being will be better protected under Senate legislation enacted into law last year.
Public Act 342 of 2012 (SB 1122) regulates student sports-related concussions by requiring concussion awareness training for school staff and the provision of concussion awareness information to athletes and their parents.
The new law also requires that any young athlete suspected of sustaining a concussion must be immediately removed from the activity and can only return after receiving clearance from a medical professional.
Concussions are a very serious injury and can occur in any sport. For more information, visit www.michigan.gov/sportsconcussion.
Student Safety Act proposes anonymous hotlineOur schools must be a safe haven for learning.
I recently supported legislation to help prevent tragedies before they happen by creating a 24-hour anonymous student tip line and website. The OK-2-SAY hotline will allow students to phone, email or text a message to law enforcement about planned violence in their school.
In many cases of school violence, someone is aware of the dangerous plans or activity before they occur. The hotline will encourage anonymous reporting of such information to authorities in order to protect our children from harm.
Senate Bill 374 has been sent to the House for consideration.
Amber Alert tax check-off now lawSince 2001, the Michigan Amber Alert program has proven helpful in the recovery of more than 300 missing or endangered children.
Recently, I voted for passage of a new law creating a voluntary check-off box on state income tax returns to allow taxpayers to donate funds in support of the critical Amber Alert service.
Education bill recognizes sacrifice of Vietnam veteransMany of our veterans have made significant sacrifices to defend our freedom, including foregoing their education.
That is why I supported a bill to allow schools to award a high school diploma to honorably discharged veterans who served in the Vietnam War instead of completing high school.
Currently, Michigan allows school boards to award high school diplomas to World War II and Korean War veterans. Senate Bill 389 rightly extends that to Vietnam veterans as well.
Safe hunting begins with hunter educationWhile hunter education courses are offered year-round, most occur during August, September and October.
A first-time hunter born on or after Jan. 1, 1960 is required to complete a course before buying a Michigan hunting license. Exceptions include youths under the age of 10 with a mentored youth license or sportsmen with an apprentice license.
Michigan allows for the completion of hunter safety education in the classroom, through home-study or online, all of which must include a field day with a certified instructor. For more information about hunter education in your area, visit www.michigan.gov/huntereducation.
Home Heating Credit deadline approachingThe Sept. 30 deadline to apply for the Michigan Home Heating Credit is fast approaching.
The credit assists low-income customers and qualifying senior citizens with their winter energy bills. Eligible customers must have their homestead in Michigan, own or rent the home in which they live and meet income requirements.
The only required form, MI-1040CR-7, is available at www.Michigan.gov/taxes or by calling 517-636-4486.
At your serviceAs always, I am here to serve you. Please feel free to contact my office at (866) 305-2131 or www.StateSenatorMikeGreen.com with any questions or concerns regarding state government. I'll gladly help.
Fall travel guide now available
What could top a Pure Michigan summer? Maybe a Pure Michigan autumn!
From outdoor adventures and scenic drives to farm-to-table restaurants, the official Michigan Fall Travel Guide covers it all. Take a look at the digital version here or contact my office to receive a print copy.
Also, as you travel Michigan's roadways this fall, be sure to keep an eye out for the Adopt-A-Highway volunteers working to keep Pure Michigan beautiful during the final litter pick-up along state highways scheduled for Sept. 21 to 29.