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February 2015

Governor Snyder signs Sen. Hildenbrand's Senate Bill 903, a bill creating the Be the Match fundraising license plate.

Gov. Snyder's State of the State Address

In his annual statewide update, Governor Snyder outlined Michigan's continued progress, highlighted key priorities for the coming year, and announced a big reorganization in state government.

Among the many highlights, Governor Snyder announced plans to enhance the resources allotted to third grade students to improve reading comprehension. While we have been allocating more and more financial resources to schools, we are now focusing more on outlining specific goals to ensure that our future generation can find educational and career success.

Skilled trade education will also receive additional support through the creation of regional prosperity teams. Skilled trade positions are essential to economic development and additional support in this field will allow Michigan to continue to add jobs and grow wages.

In addition, the Michigan Department of Community Health and the Department of Human Services are expected to merge into one agency. In an effort to combine resources and focus more on the customer, this merger will allow for a more seamless service option for residents on public assistance.

All aimed to make our state run more efficiently and to better serve the taxpayer, these key reforms and reorganizations will be a top priority for the Legislature this year.

Alcohol limit lowered to .08 on the water and trails

With a new law in place, if you're too drunk to legally drive, you're too drunk to operate certain recreational vehicles.

New legislation lowers the blood alcohol content (BAC) threshold from .10 to .08 for operating a snowmobile, boat or off-road vehicle-the same level used for driving a vehicle. Other provisions increase the penalties for violations and prohibit a person under the age of 21 from operating a snowmobile or boat with any level of alcohol.

Each season, alcohol is a contributing factor in many snowmobile and boating accidents. The new law lets everyone know that safety on the trail and on the water is as important as safety on the road.

New license plate supports Michigan's veterans

Michigan motorists will soon have a great opportunity to honor those who have served our country. Under a new law, the Secretary of State will be allowed to issue a specialty fundraising license plate recognizing Michigan's veterans.

Proceeds from sales of the plate will help provide tuition assistance for Michigan National Guard members and funds for veteran service providers and organizations. The implementation date is Sept. 1, 2015.

New law has immediate impact in keeping students safer

Senate legislation signed into law last year created the OK-2-SAY program, a confidential early warning system for students to report threats to their safety or the safety of others.

The program became operational in Michigan schools on Sept. 2, 2014. By mid-December, state officials had verified more than 400 tips, including tips on bullying and cyberbullying, threats of suicide and child abuse. I am pleased the new law is working as intended to help keep our kids safe.

Students and others can anonymously submit tips by phone at 855-565-2729, by text message at 652729 (OK2SAY), by email at, or through the website at

Home heating help available

For qualifying customers, the Michigan Home Heating Credit is now available to be filed for the 2014 tax year.

Forms and instructional materials are available at or by calling 517-636-4486.

To find more information about this and other home heating help, please visit the Michigan Public Service Commission's BeWinterWise website at



Pure Michigan Winter Travel Guide

The 2015 Pure Michigan Winter Travel Guide highlights fascinating features like Into the Woods, a look at ways to explore Michigan's backcountry - from snowmobiling to fat-tire biking; Winter Weekend Escapes, highlighting ski resorts around the state; and Cool Catch showcasing Michigan's ice fishing assets. Those who prefer the indoors will want to check out The Art of Pie, with information on hands-on classes for the perfect pie, and Indoor Explorers to find kid-focused museums that entertain and educate.


Senator Dave Hildenbrand's
Snowmobile Update

According to the Michigan Snowmobile Association, last season was the best snowmobile season in Michigan in more than 20 years! With the early arrival of winter weather and an extended forecast for snow and more snow, this snowmobile season could be among the best as well. And that's great news for both outdoor enthusiasts and the state economy. Before you take to the trails, I'm pleased to send along some snowmobile and winter fishing news.

School Tour 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.

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Senator Dave Hildenbrand
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Lansing, MI 48909-7536

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