State Rep. Jay DeBoyer, R-Clay Township has introduced legislation that aims to honor and recognize families who have lost a loved one while serving their country.
House Bill 4668 amends the Michigan Vehicle Code to create a special registration plate for next of kin — specifically those whose family member served in the United States Armed Forces, Army Reserve or Army National Guard.
Family members who are qualified to apply for the special registration plate are a deceased member’s surviving spouse, parents, stepparents, adoptive parents, foster parents, child, stepchild, adoptive child, sibling and half-sibling.
DeBoyer introduced the plan as the country was set to honor and mourn those who have given their lives to protect the country and its freedoms over Memorial Day weekend.
“This would serve as a visible symbol of a loved one’s service and sacrifice while fostering public awareness and appreciation for the families left behind,” DeBoyer said in a news release. “We must always respect what these courageous service members and their families mean to our country and our communities — and this bill helps ensure our fallen heroes and those closest to them receive the recognition and appreciation they deserve.”
HB 4668 has been referred to the House Transportation, Mobility and Infrastructure Committee for consideration.
Bill honors local military hero
On May 23, DeBoyer testified before the House Transportation, Mobility and Infrastructure Committee on House Bill 4154, which designates a portion of M-3 in Chesterfield Township as the Senior Chief Petty Officer Jason P. May Memorial Highway.
Born and raised in Chesterfield Township, May served in the United States Navy for 18 years. He died unexpectedly at age 38 in June 2015 while aboard the U.S.S. Essex, an amphibious assault ship which served in part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
“Officer May passed away while serving abroad and protecting both our freedoms and his fellow citizens,” said DeBoyer. “This honor will allow people driving on M-3 to see his name and recognize what he gave for our country and region. His sacrifice is never forgotten, and this tribute is the least we can do to ensure that it isn’t forgotten across our area.”
DeBoyer was joined in testimony by May’s father, mother and stepmother.
The Michigan Memorial Highway Act was enacted in 2001 and allows for the naming of bridges and highways within the state.
Following DeBoyer’s testimony, HB 4154 was unanimously approved by the House Transportation, Mobility and Infrastructure Committee, and now goes to the full House for consideration.
DeBoyer represents the 63rd House District, which encompasses northern Macomb County, including the city of New Baltimore and part of Chesterfield Township, as well as several communities in southern St. Clair County, including Algonac, Marine City and St. Clair.
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