Senator Brandenburg District Update

Sen. Brandenburg backs effort to ensure students learn CPR

High school is a time to help prepare our students for the “real world.” Now, under Senate legislation recently signed into law, graduates will enter the workforce or attend college having learned an important lifesaving skill.

I supported Senate Bill 647 (Public Act 388 of 2016), which adds instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) as part of the state health education standards for grades 7-12. Schools are encouraged to use local law enforcement or emergency response personnel, or representatives of the Red Cross or the American Heart Association to provide the training.

The use of CPR and AEDs increases the likelihood a person will survive a cardiac arrest. If every high school student had this training before graduation, Michigan would gain 100,000 new CPR-trained individuals each year! The new law will take effect at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year.

Sen. Brandenburg supports new laws to update standards for skilled trades

Skilled trade jobs are a vital part of Michigan’s economy. I supported a 10-bill package to modernize guidelines for the skilled trade professions and help encourage workers to choose a career in the trades.

The Senate legislation — now law — creates one uniform code for five trade groups, including electricians, mechanical contractors, boiler inspectors and installers, building inspectors and plumbers.  The reform establishes clear and efficient standards for the application and complaint processes and how penalties are enforced. The new law also streamlines requirements for those workers who are licensed across multiple trades.

Spring turkey hunting application period ends Feb. 1

There may be snow on the ground but it’s never too early for hunters to think spring! The spring season is the traditional time to hunt turkey.

The 2017 spring turkey season runs April 17 through May 31, with several different hunt periods to choose from. The application period is open through Feb. 1 and a $5 application may be purchased where hunting licenses are sold or online at www.mdnr-elicense.com. Drawing results are available beginning March 6 at www.michigan.gov/turkey. Access the 2017 Michigan Spring Turkey Digest at this site for more information, including details on regulations, season dates and hunt units.

State of the Great Lakes report released

The Great Lakes are Michigan’s most treasured natural resource. These magnificent lakes are central to our economy and outdoor heritage.

The recently released 2016 Michigan State of the Great Lakes Report takes a look at a number of important “big lake” issues, including Michigan’s water strategy, water trails recreation, water technology innovation and the blue economy. Access the document at www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/SOGL_2016_546173_7.pdf.