LANSING, Mich. — The state Senate on Thursday unanimously approved legislation that would create a fundraising license plate that would provide funds to assist families of injured or fallen police officers.
“I’ve always been a strong supporter of law enforcement, and I was happy to see this legislation move forward,” said Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth. “A career in law enforcement is a difficult life to lead, especially in recent years, but these men and women suit up every day ready to save lives and protect their communities.”
Senate Bill 77, which received a host of co-sponsors in addition to Horn, would require the secretary of state (SOS) to create a Thin Blue Line fundraising plate along with a matching Thin Blue Line collector edition plate.
The SOS would also be responsible for creating and administering the “Thin Blue Line Fund” within the Department of Treasury and require the donation money from the sale of the plates to be deposited into the fund. The funds would then be disbursed to families of injured or deceased officers of public safety agencies.
“Our officers commit their lives to serving the public and in the unfortunate event that an officer is hurt, or even worse, killed, I feel that we should be on standby ready to help,” Horn said. “Their families sacrifice so much, and in some cases, everything they have, and while it may not ease the pain, I see this as an incredible way to give back and say thank you. I plan on getting a Thin Blue Line plate on my car as soon as they’re available.”
SB 77 will now go before the House of Representatives for further consideration.