Senator Dave Robertson District Email Newsletter

Robertson: New law provides public safety officer survivor benefits


Our first responders put their lives on the line when working to keep our families, neighborhoods and communities safe.

I recently supported Senate legislation — now law — to provide health care coverage for the surviving spouse and dependents of public safety officers who died in the line of duty. Public Act 284 of 2016 (SB 218) allows family members of law enforcement officers, corrections officers, firefighters, and members of a rescue squad or ambulance crew who lost their lives as a result of on-the-job duties to receive extended health care benefits.

The medical benefit plan would be comparable to the plan offered to retired state police officers and available for a maximum of five years. The law is retroactive to Oct. 1, 2015.

The new law is an important way to honor the sacrifices of those who work to help and protect others and support their families.


Take steps to stay safe online

Cyber Security

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month and a reminder to safeguard personal information while online.

According to the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center, Michigan residents and businesses have lost more than $26.5 million to cybercriminals already this year. The average victim has tallied a loss of nearly $4,000.

The Michigan State Police urges consumers to be vigilant internet users and offers the following tips:

• Don’t click on links or pop-ups, open attachments or respond to emails from strangers.
• Don’t respond to online requests for personal information.
• Password-protect all user accounts and devices that connect to the internet.
• Don’t use the same password twice; change your password on a regular basis.

More information about staying safe online is available at


Watch for deer while driving

Driving in Michigan in the fall requires a little extra caution. Although deer and vehicle collisions occur throughout the year, 45 percent of these crashes happen in October, November and December.

According to the Michigan Deer Crash Coalition, most accidents and injuries occur when drivers swerve to avoid hitting the deer. If a crash is unavoidable, the safety group recommends that drivers don’t swerve, brake firmly, hold onto the steering wheel with both hands, come to a controlled stop and steer the vehicle well off the roadway.

More information, including additional safety tips and statistics by county, is available at

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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