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Robertson supports bill to help families of fallen safety officers

When there's an emergency, our first responders are on the front line, working to keep families, neighborhoods and communities safe. Many times, their efforts to help and protect others put their own lives at risk.

I recently supported legislation that would provide health care coverage to the spouses and dependents of law enforcement officers, firefighters, rescue squad members or ambulance crew members who die in the line of duty. The medical benefit plan would be comparable to those of retired state police officers.

Senate Bill 218 would help ease the financial burden borne by the families of fallen safety officers and provide assistance during a difficult time.

The legislation has been sent to the Michigan House for consideration.

May is Military Appreciation Month

May is Military Appreciation Month, a time to recognize the service and sacrifice of our service members, veterans and their families.

Michigan's servicemen and servicewomen have a long history of representing our state with the highest standards of character and valor. Let's make sure our service members and veterans know how much we value their patriotism, sacrifice and dedication to our country!

A Pure Michigan summer awaits!

The 2015 Pure Michigan Spring/Summer Travel Guide is now available.

This year's glossy publication includes articles on Michigan's five national parks, beach towns, one-of-a-kind restaurants, even dog-friendly destinations! To view online, visit For a print copy, please contact my office at 1-855-347-8014.

Hunters: Apply for elk and bear licenses now through June 1

The Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that applications for Michigan elk and bear hunting licenses are available now through June 1. There will be 100 elk licenses and nearly 7,000 bear licenses available for the 2015 hunting seasons.

Hunters can apply online at, at any authorized license agent or at a DNR Customer Service Center. Check the 2015 Michigan Elk Digest and 2015 Michigan Black Bear Digest for more details about the application processes. Find the publications at