This year, Senator Anderson introduced Senate Bill 101 in the Michigan State Senate, a bill that would establish a specialty pink ribbon license plate in Michigan that would help raise awareness about breast cancer and help to fund the Michigan Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program, which provides low income women around the state with vital screening and treatment. Please join Senator Anderson in helping to pass this important legislation by singing up for email updates and by contacting your legislator in the Michigan State House and State Senate and telling them to support the Pink Plate bill, Senate Bill 101. Together we can make a difference in the fight against this devastating disease.
Senator Anderson Urges Action on Pink Ribbon License Plate Bill
Pink Ribbon Plate Call for Action
Senator Glenn S. Anderson issued a video today asking Michigan citizens to share their stories via e-mail or through a letter of how breast and cervical cancer have affected their lives in an effort to encourage action on the bi-partisan "Pink Ribbon" license plate legislation. Senator Anderson intends on delivering the letters and e-mails to his colleagues in the Senate on Mother's Day. Letters should be mailed to State Senator Glenn S. Anderson, P.O. Box 30036, Lansing, MI 48909. E-mails should include "Pink Plate Story" in the subject line, and should be sent to SenatorAnderson@Senate.Michigan.Gov.
Sen. Anderson Speaks in Support of International Women's Day
Senator Anderson Fights For Pink Ribbon Plate
On May 18th 2011, Senator Glenn S. Anderson introduced Senate Bill 389 in the State Senate to create a "Pink Ribbon" license plate. This bill will provide for the development of a fund-raising license plate benefiting the Michigan Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program. The bill was welcomed with overwhelming, bi-partisan support and has been co-sponsored unanimously by all 38 sitting members of the Michigan Senate. Senate Bill 389 is the only bill to receive co-sponsorship of all sitting members in over 10 years.
This program provides low-income women throughout Michigan access to life-saving cancer screening services and follow-up care, including cancer treatment if needed. Through this program, breast and cervical cancer will be identified at earlier stages, when treatment is less expensive and the chances of survival are much greater. All revenue generated through the issuance of this license plate will greatly increase the number of women that this program is able to screen. The $15,000 start-up cost for the plate was raised privately by Senator Anderson so no tax dollars were used.
In October, Senator Anderson introduced and passed Senate Resolution 80 which proclaimed it to be "Breast Cancer Awareness Month" in Michigan. He urged his fellow legislators to be a body of "actions, not just words" and pass the Pink Plate bill to start saving lives today. Click on the "Contact Your Senator" button to find your Senator's phone number and call to tell them personally to take action on Senate Bill 389 this month.
According to the American Cancer Society, a woman's chance of survival with early detection of a localized cancer is 98%. Unfortunately, current screening only catches slightly over 60% of cases at this early stage. Amongst low-income individuals, unable to afford regular medical examinations, survival rates are lower.
Because his mother is a breast cancer survivor, Senator Anderson feels especially close and enthusiastic about this cause.
HOW IT WORKS
When available the cost will be $35 in addition to the regular plate charge with $25 going to the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program. Renewal in subsequent years will cost $10 plus the regular plate charge with the full $10 going to the fund.
The design and start up cost of this plate will be raised by Senator Anderson from private contributions at no cost to taxpayers.
Proceeds from this plate will help offset a reduction in resources that occurred due to loss of budget allocation to the Healthy Michigan Fund.
Learn more about the fund here