Michigan’s Legislative Landmarks

Key Trauma Legislation


  • 1985 – Michigan Seat Belt Law

See story of passage.


  • 2000 – 2012 – Recap of Michigan Trauma Commission and Trauma Administrative Rules

See MDHHS synopsis.


  • 2011 – Initial funding of statewide trauma system

In 2011 the Michigan State Legislature approved funding for a statewide trauma system. The funding was to come out of the Michigan Crime Victims Fund, in the amount of $3.5 million. When the bill was passed, the domestic violence community opposed this funding, as they believed that some of the money would benefit NON-VICTIMS OF CRIME. As a result, language was added stating that in 2014, half of the funding would GO AWAY. Since then, the Legislature passed a law extending the FULL funding of $3.5 million until 2018. As of October 1, 2018, $1.75 million would have been eliminated, if the Legislature hadn’t acted (HB 5901).

  • 2018 – HB 4951 – Updated Child Passenger Safety Law

A bill that amended 1949 PA 300, entitle “Michigan Vehicle Code.”
See legislative analysis.


  • 2018 – House Resolution 320 names April 26 ‘Stop the  Bleed Day’

Additional info on Michigan’s support for ‘Stop the Bleed’


  • 2019 – Public Acts 21 and 22 of 2019 – Michigan’s New Auto Insurance Law

On May 30, 2019, Governor Whitmer signed historic bipartisan no-fault auto insurance reform legislation (Public Acts 21 and 22 of 2019) which dramatically changed auto insurance coverage options for Michiganders. While the stated goal was to lower insurance rates for Michigan drivers while protecting consumers, many see a simple cost shift from auto insurance companies to health insurance, with a loss of life-time coverage for those who cannot afford it. The new law requires limited reductions on the Personal Injury Protection (PIP) portion of an insurance bill (with a sunset in 2028), and calls for an increase in the amount of liability coverage one must buy.

See FAQ from the State of Michigan for more information.


  • 2021 – Michigan Legislature Funds Statewide Trauma System for One-Year

Thanks to all who voiced support of House Bill 5094, it passed the Senate on Sept. 30th, 2021 with a vote of 35 to 1 and was given immediate effect. This has been signed by Gov. Whitmer. This bill fully funds the Statewide Trauma System at $3.5 million for one more year, by extending the sunset date for funding through the Crime Victims’ Rights Fund. The administration noted that it is committed to working with the legislature to identify a long-term funding source for the Michigan Statewide Trauma System.


  • 2023 – Trauma Funding for the Fiscal Year

      •  3.5 million dollars of State General Fund Dollars in budget for 2023.  
          • TOTAL $6 million: $3.5 million for Trauma and $3 million for stroke and STEMI
      • Legislative Committee is working to maintain funding for fiscal year 2024.

          • Working to re-introduce Bleeding Control Education Bill