Daley legislation honoring Blue Star Families clears Senate committee

LANSING, Mich. — Legislation establishing a special recognition license plate honoring Blue Star Families was approved by the Senate Committee on Families, Seniors and Veterans Wednesday afternoon.

“Military families across the nation have made sacrifices that most of us cannot even imagine to preserve our liberties,” said state Sen. Kevin Daley, R-Lum, the bill’s sponsor. “Blue Star Families has over 150,000 members who assist military families who have suffered a loss; work with organizations to provide scholarships to military spouses and veterans; and participate in countless other volunteer efforts.”

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.

“These folks do so much for veterans and their families and I thought this was one way we could both recognize and thank them for the work they do,” Daley said.

With committee approval, SB 118 will now move to the Senate floor for consideration.

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Photo caption: State Sen. Kevin Daley, R-Lum, listens as Kim Muller, president of the Blue Star Mothers of America, Michigan Blue Water Chapter 180, testifies in support of Senate Bill 118. The Senate Committee on Families, Seniors and Veterans approved the legislation Wednesday afternoon.