Brandenburg supports budget funds to build police memorial
We owe so much to the police officers who put their lives on the line to serve and protect our neighborhoods and communities.
The Legislature recently allotted $1.2 million in the state budget to help build a memorial to those who have died in the line of duty. The Michigan Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Monument will pay tribute to the fallen and honor their courage, dedication and commitment to keeping Michigan safe.
The monument will be located near the Michigan Vietnam Veterans Memorial adjacent to the Hall of Justice in Lansing. More information is available at www.michigan.gov/mleom.
New law to create fundraising plates for sports teams’ charities
Michigan motorists will have a new way to show their support for their favorite home state professional sports team!
Senate legislation recently signed into law directs the secretary of state’s office to develop and issue fundraising license plates recognizing the Detroit Pistons, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Lions and Detroit Tigers. Revenues from the sales of the plates will be distributed to the charitable foundations associated with the teams. The charities support various youth, educational, and healthy living causes.
The secretary of state must establish the new license plates and have them available to be issued by Aug. 1, 2019.
Hunters: Apply for fall turkey hunting and antlerless deer licenses
While spring is the traditional time to hunt wild turkey, some areas in Michigan are open to fall turkey hunting. The fall turkey license application period runs until Aug. 1. Find more information and buy an application online at www.michigan.gov/turkey.
In addition, the antlerless deer license application period runs from July 15 to Aug. 15. For more details and to buy an application online, visit www.michigan.gov/deer.
Protect families and pets from rabies
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) reports there has been an increase in the number of bats testing positive for rabies compared to the same time last year.
The following precautions are recommended to help protect your family and pets from rabies:
- Avoid contact with wild animals;
- If bitten or scratched by an animal, seek immediate medical attention and alert the local health department;
- If you find a bat in your home, safely confine or collect it and contact your local health department to see if it should be tested for rabies, or hire a bat/wildlife removal service;
- Vaccinate your pets against rabies; and
- If your animal is bitten or scratched by a wild animal, contact your veterinarian.
In 2017, there were 38 cases of rabies in animals in Michigan, including 35 bats, two skunks and one cat. More information, including a map of rabies-positive animals in Michigan, is available at www.michigan.gov/rabies.