Sen. Brandenburg supports bill to improve Safe Delivery of Newborns law
Sometimes parents are unable or unwilling to care for their new baby.
Since 2001, Michigan’s Safe Delivery of Newborns law has provided parents with an option to safely surrender their newborn – within three days of birth – to an emergency service provider. The law offers an anonymous alternative to abandonment and allows for a baby to be placed in a loving, adoptive home. Michigan recently achieved an important milestone in keeping babies safe and healthy with the news that 200 newborns have now been surrendered.
Earlier this year, the Senate passed legislation to further ensure confidentiality of the surrendering parents. Senate Bill 215 would clarify that the names of the parents can be excluded from the birth certificates of infants surrendered under the law. The legislation has been sent to the House for consideration.
Michigan residents can apply for REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or ID card
Michigan motorists now have the option to obtain a driver’s license that complies with a federal mandate designed to strengthen our national safety and security.
Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, Michigan residents must carry a driver’s license or ID card that complies with the federal REAL ID Act, or present a valid U.S. passport, to fly in the United States or visit federal buildings. The REAL ID security standards were created in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to help prevent illegal altering of the cards and deter fraud and misuse.
Michigan residents can apply for the REAL ID-compliant license or ID card at any Secretary of State office — applicants will need to bring a certified birth certificate or other approved document. There is no extra cost when renewing your driver’s license or ID card; at any other time, a duplicate card fee will apply.
Find more information, including a list of Frequently Asked Questions, at www.michigan.gov/sos or call the Department of State Information Center with questions at 888-767-6424.
West Nile virus confirmed in Michigan
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recently confirmed four human cases of West Nile virus for 2017. The virus is carried by certain types of mosquitoes.
Most people who become infected will not develop any symptoms of illness or will have a mild illness with fever, though some people may become severely ill. More information, including signs and symptoms, treatment and prevention, is available at www.michigan.gov/westnilevirus.
Link to all things Michigan
From job openings to traffic news to hunting information and more, the free MiPage app allows users to search for multiple services all in one place. You can even check out upcoming events in your city! Learn more at www.michigan.gov/mipage.