Daley legislation honoring Blue Star Families approved by House committee

LANSING, Mich. — Legislation establishing a special recognition license plate honoring Blue Star Families was approved by the House Committee on Military, Veterans and Homeland Security Tuesday afternoon.

“Blue Star Families has gone above and beyond to help military families across the nation,” said state Sen. Kevin Daley, R-Lum, the bill’s sponsor. “They have over 150,000 members who have logged more than 40,000 hours of volunteer work since 2015. Their efforts have helped countless families get back on their feet.”

Senate Bill 118 would amend the Michigan Vehicle Code to require the secretary of state to develop and issue a special recognition license plate recognizing Blue Star Families. Under the bill, residents who are currently serving in the U.S. armed forces — or members of their immediate family — would be able to apply for the special recognition plate.

The plate would include a Blue Star Families insignia and the words “Blue Star Family” under the registration numbers.

“Families who have a loved one serving overseas lead tough lives and make daily sacrifices most of us never have to consider,” Daley said. “Blue Star Families is a tremendous organization and volunteers do so much for veterans and their families. I think we ought to recognize and thank them for taking on such a trying task.”

SB 118 will now go before the House Ways and Means Committee for consideration.

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