A bill co-sponsored by state Rep. TC Clements allowing more surviving children of police officers and fire fighters to be eligible for the Survivor Tuition Act was approved unanimously today by the Michigan House of Representatives.
The Police Officer’s and Fire Fighter’s Survivor Tuition Act provides tuition waivers at Michigan community colleges or public universities for children and surviving spouses of Michigan police officers and fire fighters killed in the line of duty.
Under current law, students must demonstrate financial need in order to be eligible for the program. Clements contends that any student who lost a parent in the line of duty should be eligible.
“I was proud to support this bill as a way to express my gratitude for our state’s first responders,” said Clements, of Temperance. “My commitment to my fellow officers was and is to continue to support them and their families beyond their end of watch.”
Rep. Clements began his career in law enforcement as a police officer in Florida. In addition to a background in patrol, investigations, school resource, and as a public information officer, Rep. Clements advanced and concluded his tenure in law enforcement as the Deputy Chief of Police for the Eliot Police Department in Eliot, Maine.
House Bill 4247 now moves to the Senate for consideration.
State Rep. TC Clements, of Temperance, hosted a law enforcement appreciation event at the Robert A. Hutchinson FOP Lodge #113 in Monroe Monday where he honored the 2020 Monroe County Officers and Deputies of the Year.
Rep. TC Clements, of Temperance, and other members of the Michigan House of Representatives who have worked in law enforcement today announced a plan to support law enforcement, strengthen the criminal justice system, and expand community policing statewide