Brandenburg backs bills to prepare students for careers
Michigan will have more than 800,000 career openings to fill through 2024 in fields that are facing a talent shortage, such as manufacturing, information technology, health care and the professional trades.
I recently supported legislation to help ensure our students can develop the skills they need to find a high-paying, in-demand technology job in one of these career fields. Senate Bills 941 and 942 will invest $100 million in scholarships, education programs, workforce development and teacher support through partnerships with schools and businesses.
Called the “Marshall Plan for Talent,” the initiative will expand current efforts to close the talent gap and better prepare our high school students for career opportunities, college or both.
Brandenburg supports road safety bills
Now that summer weather is here, many bicyclists are sharing the road with other drivers. I recently supported legislation to help increase safety for all motorists and cyclists on Michigan’s roads.
The legislation requires drivers to maintain a safe distance of at least three feet or, if that distance is not practical, a safe distance at a safe speed when passing bicyclists. Another provision requires driver education classroom instruction to include at least one hour of training on the laws regarding bicycles, motorcycles and other vulnerable roadway users.
Michigan bicycle fatalities doubled from 2012 to 2016, with about a quarter of the accidents occurring when the driver was passing the bicycle. If signed into law, Michigan would join nearly 40 other states with similar safe passing laws.
Fishing in Michigan
If your summer plans include taking the kids or grandkids fishing, be sure to check out the Family Friendly Fishing Waters website.
The water bodies are identified as family friendly based on ease of access, amenities (such as restrooms!) and high likelihood of success in catching fish. Other information includes driving directions, hours of operation, species of fish available, typical bait used and more. Access the site at www.michigan.gov/fishing.
Anglers under age 17 may fish without a license but they are required to observe all fishing rules and regulations. A fishing license isn’t necessary to help someone under the age of 17 fish as long as the young angler is an active participant. Adults can help bait the hook, set up the fishing rod, fix tangles or snags, cast the line, land the fish and unhook the fish.
Many families enjoy time in the great outdoors together, including those with furry family members!
Pets are welcome on a 6-foot leash in Michigan state parks, park campgrounds, state forests and the majority of trails. In addition, pet-friendly lodging is available at several state parks. A number of parks offer sections of pet-friendly shorelines as well, although pets must be kept on a 6-foot leash even if they are in the water.
Find more information, including rules that apply at all locations, at www.michigan.gov/dnr; click Places to Go and then Parks and Recreation Areas.