LANSING, Mich., May 6, 2024 — House Bill 4360, sponsored by state Rep. Felicia Brabec (D-Pittsfield Township), passed out of the Senate last week. The House passed this legislation in November, and the bill will now move to the governor’s desk to be signed into law. This legislation will allow municipalities the authority to work together to create boundaries for emergency responses.

“I am elated that this bill is becoming law! It will strengthen public safety and ensure local control, so when emergency response plans are created, they make the most sense for surrounding communities and their residents. This bill helps mitigate risks during an emergency situation by providing faster service and better collaboration,” Brabec said. “This is smart legislation, allowing for response plans that will save time and save lives. Whether it is a fire, a domestic dispute or a medical emergency, this law will minimize danger. This is good news for Michiganders.”

The bill amends a law that forced emergency service providers to stay within their serving jurisdiction within their local municipality, even when another responding station would be closer or be able to respond faster. Emergency service providers include fire, police protection and emergency medical services.

“I am so appreciative of Representative Brabec’s efforts. The legislation will undoubtedly help the Saline Area Fire Department, but also, countless municipalities across our state,” Saline Mayor Brian Marl said. “This is another win for local units of government — improving our ability to form collaborative governmental authorities, while also strengthening vital public services that all Michigan citizens rely on.”