Senator Dave Robertson District Email Newsletter

Robertson supports legislation to protect pilots and passengers


According to the laser safety website, there were more than 7,700 laser incidents reported by pilots to the Federal Aviation Administration last year. This activity can temporarily blind a pilot, endangering both pilot and passengers.

Airport authority officers can be constrained in investigating this crime because they don’t have jurisdiction beyond their geographic boundaries. I recently backed a bill to allow public airport authority officers to exercise their authority outside of the boundary area under certain circumstances, such as the public endangerment of an airplane during take-off or landing routines. The officer must immediately pursue the individual breaking the law.

Aiming a laser at an aircraft is just plain dangerous. It’s a federal crime and one that should be actively pursued.

House Bill 5181 will head to the governor for consideration.


MiABLE disability savings program now available


A new tool will help disabled individuals in Michigan better lead independent lives.

The Michigan Achieving a Better Life Experience (MiABLE) account offers investment and tax incentives for families who want to save and provide financial stability for individuals with disabilities.

The savings account can be used for qualified disability expenses, including care, education, housing, and employment training and support without jeopardizing the individual’s ability to qualify for necessary assistance programs. Find more information or register an account at or call 844-656-7225.

Michigan now joins four other states in providing a disability savings program.


Michigan Adoption Day


There’s something special about a “forever family!” With the theme of “Giving Thanks for Families,” Michigan Adoption Day will be celebrated on Nov. 22. The event is held each year on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving to finalize adoptions and educate the public about the adoption process.

Last year, more than 1,700 Michigan children were adopted from foster care into loving families.

Michigan Adoption Day

2016 fuelwood permits available


Looking for an economical way to heat your home or cabin? State forest fuelwood permits are still available from the DNR for the 2016 season, which runs through Dec. 31.

Permits cost $20 and are for use on designated state forest land in the Upper Peninsula and the northern Lower Peninsula. A permit allows the collection of up to five standard cords of wood per household. For information on how and where to buy the personal-use fuelwood permit, visit

Contact Information

Senator Dave Robertson
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

Toll Free: (855) 347-8014 or (517) 373-1636

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