Brandenburg supports Blue Star Families license plate bill
Our service members make many sacrifices in service to our country. Many times, their families do as well.
I recently supported Senate legislation to create a special license plate recognizing families of active duty military. Senate Bill 821 would create a Blue Star Families license plate available to individualscurrently serving in the U.S. armed forces and their immediate family members. The plate would show the Blue Star Families insignia and “Blue Star Family” beneath the registration number, allowing families to share their pride in their enlisted service member. The bill has been sent to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
A Gold Star Family license plate available to the immediate family of a service member who has died in the line of duty is among current special recognition plates offered by the secretary of state.
Brandenburg backs bills to protect judges, law enforcement
Law enforcement and judges who uphold the law must be able to do their jobs without threats or intimidation.
There have been reports about an increasing amount of intimidation and harassment directed at judges and officers, especially on social media. I recently voted in support of Senate legislation to protect public officials from threats intended to interfere with the legal process. Senate Bills 973 and 974 have been sent to the House for consideration.
New unclaimed property website
The Michigan Department of Treasury has millions of dollars in lost or forgotten assets from inactive bank accounts, uncashed checks, valuables left in safe deposit boxes and stock certificates.
An updated, state-of-the art website will make it easier to check on lost or abandoned property. People can go to www.michigan.gov/unclaimedproperty to file new claims or check on claims electronically. Previously, claimants had to file paper claims and send documentation through the mail.
Over the last four years, Michigan Unclaimed Property has returned $400 million to owners or their heirs. Along with visiting the website, claimants can also call 517-636-5320 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays.
HEARTSafe schools named
More than 200 schools were recently awarded the MI HEARTSafe School designation for the 2018-19 school year. The special designation recognizes schools that are prepared to respond to cardiac emergencies by having:
- A written medical emergency response plan and team;
- Current CPR/AED (automated external defibrillator) certification of 10 percent of staff and 50 percent of coaches, including all head varsity coaches and physical education staff;
- Accessible and maintained AEDs;
- Annual cardiac emergency response drills; and
- Pre-participation sports screening of all student athletes.
For more information about the MI HEARTSafe School program, including a list of participating schools, visit Migrc.org/miheartsafe.