The Senate Finance Committee today listened to testimony on bills introduced by Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D-East Lansing) that would create a tax checkoff with money dedicated to increasing support, education, research and awareness of Michigan children born with pediatric congenital heart disorders.
The legislation, known as the Ruby Jane Act, would create a Pediatric Congenital Heart Association Fund in the Michigan Department of Treasury in honor of Ruby Jane Schupbach, the three-year-old daughter of a colleague of Sen. Hertel’s who was born with a congenital heart defect (CHD). To date, she has undergone three open heart surgeries and 10 heart catheterizations.
“Ruby Jane is one of the most carefree children that I’ve ever met, which is incredible considering the hand that she was dealt,” Sen. Hertel said. “While we can’t cure congenital heart defects through law, we can help other little Ruby Janes all over Michigan by providing easy access to well-funded care and support from the Michigan chapter of the Pediatric Congenital Heart Association.”
Under Senate Bills 370 [legislature.mi.gov] and 371 [legislature.mi.gov] , money collected from the tax checkoff would be used to support efforts by the Michigan chapter of the Pediatric Congenital Heart Association (PCHA).
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