Brandenburg supports new law to help patients
A Michigan law recently took effect to strengthen efforts to fight the opioid epidemic.
Senate Bill 274 — now Public Act 251 — limits an acute pain prescription of an opioid to a seven-day supply within a seven-day period. Acute pain is described as pain associated with procedures or trauma, such as a sprained ankle or having wisdom teeth removed, that lasts a limited amount of time.
Statistics indicate that one in four patients who are prescribed prescription opioids long term struggle with overdose. The new law will limit exposure to potentially addictive medications and reduce the potential for overdose. Other reforms already in place require doctors to consult the Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS) and counsel patients on the risks of opioids before prescribing.
Brandenburg backs driver safety law
New drivers will learn the proper procedure to follow if they are pulled over during a traffic stop under legislation recently signed into law.
Public Act 276 of 2018 requires driver’s education to include information on what to do and how to interact with law enforcement during a traffic stop. The training will promote driver safety and prepare young, inexperienced drivers for a potentially stressful situation.
Free ORV Weekend
Michigan residents and out-of-state visitors can ride DNR-designated routes and trails Aug. 18-19 without an ORV license or trail permit during the second Free ORV Weekend of the year.
The weekend event includes nearly 3,700 miles of off-road trails and the state’s five scramble areas — St. Helen’s Motorsport Area, Black Lake Scramble Area, Silver Lake State Park, Bull Gap and The Mounds. All other ORV rules and laws still apply and a Recreation Passport is required where applicable. Find more information, including ORV trail maps and a link to the Handbook of Michigan Off-Road Vehicle Laws, at www.michigan.gov/orvinfo.
Take an Adult Fishing Day coming up
Fishing is a great way for families to spend a summer day!
The second annual Take an Adult Fishing day on Aug. 4 encourages kids and their parents to plan a fishing trip for time together in Michigan’s great outdoors. Visit www.michigan.gov/fishing to learn more about this special event and find fishing locations by searching the Family Friendly Fishing Waters website or checking out the state parks that offer instruction on how to fish through the Hook, Line and Sinker program.
Electric customers to see savings from federal tax cut
The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) recently approved nearly $270 million in savings for electric customers of Consumers Energy Co. and DTE Electric Co. from the new, lower federal corporate tax rate.
The move means rate reductions for Michigan customers of nine of the 10 rate-regulated utilities impacted by the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). Residential bills are projected to decline by an average of $1.95 a month.