Reminder: Green and Pavlov to host Bay City town hall on protecting Lake Huron from nuclear waste

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LANSING—State Sens. Mike Green, R-Mayville, and Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, are inviting Bay and Thumb area residents in the 31st and 25th Senate districts to a public town hall on Monday, Oct. 6 in Bay City to discuss legislative and other efforts to protect Lake Huron from a proposed Canadian nuclear waste dump.

Who:
Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville;
Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township; and
Anyone interested in the topic.

What:
A public town hall meeting to inform residents about a Canadian nuclear waste dump proposal and plans by Michigan lawmakers to stop it.

Canadian officials propose to bury 7 million cubic feet of radioactive waste less than a mile from the shore of Lake Huron, directly across the lake from residents of the Bay and Thumb regions.

Green and Pavlov are leading an effort in Lansing to halt construction of the dump. Their legislation has passed the Michigan Senate unanimously and awaits action in the House of Representatives. More
than 70 communities throughout the region have recently passed resolutions in support of the measures.

When:
Monday, Oct. 6
6:30 to 8 p.m.

Where:
Pere Marquette Depot
1904 Room
1000 Adams St.
Bay City, MI 48708

For more information, contact Green’s office at 1-517-373-1777.

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Media Advisory: Green and Pavlov to host Bay City town hall on protecting Lake Huron from nuclear waste

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LANSING—State Sens. Mike Green, R-Mayville, and Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, are inviting Bay and Thumb area residents in the 31st and 25th Senate districts to a public town hall on Monday, Oct. 6 in Bay City to discuss legislative and other efforts to protect Lake Huron from a proposed Canadian nuclear waste dump.

Who:

Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville;

Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township; and

Anyone interested in the topic.

What:

A public town hall meeting to inform residents about a Canadian nuclear waste dump proposal and plans by Michigan lawmakers to stop it.

Canadian officials propose to bury 7 million cubic feet of radioactive waste less than a mile from the shore of Lake Huron, directly across the lake from residents of the Bay and Thumb regions.

Green and Pavlov are leading an effort in Lansing to halt construction of the dump. Their legislation has passed the Michigan Senate unanimously and awaits action in the House of Representatives. More than 70 communities throughout the region have recently passed resolutions in support of the measures.

When:

Monday, Oct. 6

6:30 to 8 p.m.

Where:

Pere Marquette Depot

1904 Room

1000 Adams St.

Bay City, MI 48708

 

For more information, contact Green’s office at 1-517-373-1777.

 

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Senate holds hearing on “lift bridge” funding legislation

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LANSING—State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, testified before the Senate Transportation Committee on Tuesday on Senate Bill 281, his measure to establish the “Moveable Bridge Fund.”

“This is an issue I have been working on very closely with the Michigan Department of Transportation and Director Kirk Steudle since the beginning of my time here in the Michigan Senate,” Green said. “Director Steudle and I have studied several methods and we believe we have come up with the best possible solution.”

The Moveable Bridge Fund would be used to fund the operational costs of all publicly owned moveable bridges in the state.

There are currently 22 moveable bridges across the state, with nearly half being locally owned and the remainder being owned by MDOT. Under current law, the cost for operating and maintaining these movable bridges is the full responsibility of their owners; however, municipalities do not receive any additional funding above the amount for a standard stretch of road. Bay City has four such bridges, two owned by the state and two by the city.

SB 281 would amend the law to cover the operational costs. If passed in its current form, the legislation is estimated to save Bay City hundreds of thousands of dollars. State Rep. Charles Brunner, D-Bay City, and Bay City Commissioner Lynn Stamiris also testified in support of the bill.

“As you can well imagine, these bridges have costs and challenges far beyond that of a typical road,” Green said. “My legislation seeks to better compensate our local communities that have one of these structures within their boundaries.

“Bay City’s bridges benefit the entire region and state. By consolidating the operating costs of all these bridges, we will actually save taxpayer dollars and free up local funds for local streets and roads.”

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Photo Description: State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, testifies before the Senate Transportation Committee on Senate Bill 281, his measure to establish the “Moveable Bridge Fund.” State Rep. Charles Brunner, D-Bay City, (right) and Bay City Commissioner Lynn Stamiris also testified in support of the bill.

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Green and Pavlov to host Bay City town hall on protecting Lake Huron from nuclear waste

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LANSING—State Sens. Mike Green, R-Mayville, and Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, are inviting Bay and Thumb area residents in the 31st and 25th Senate districts to a public town hall on Monday, Oct. 6 in Bay City to discuss legislative and other efforts to protect Lake Huron from a proposed Canadian nuclear waste dump.

Who:
Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville;
Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township; and
Anyone interested in the topic.

What:
A public town hall meeting to inform residents about a Canadian nuclear waste dump proposal and plans by Michigan lawmakers to stop it.

Canadian officials propose to bury 7 million cubic feet of radioactive waste less than a mile from the shore of Lake Huron, directly across the lake from residents of the Bay and Thumb regions.

Green and Pavlov are leading an effort in Lansing to halt construction of the dump. Their legislation has passed the Michigan Senate unanimously and awaits action in the House of Representatives. More than 70 communities throughout the region have recently passed resolutions in support of the measures.

When:
Monday, Oct. 6
6:30 to 8 p.m.

Where:
Pere Marquette Depot
1904 Room
1000 Adams St.
Bay City, MI 48708

For more information, contact Green’s office at 1-517-373-1777.

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Green and Pavlov to host Sebewaing town hall on protecting Lake Huron from nuclear waste

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LANSING—State Sens. Mike Green, R-Mayville, and Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, are inviting Bay and Thumb area residents in the 31st and 25th Senate districts to a public town hall on Monday, Sept. 22 in Sebewaing to discuss legislative and other efforts to protect Lake Huron from a proposed Canadian nuclear waste dump.

Who:
Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville;
Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township; and
Anyone interested in the topic.

What:
A public town hall meeting to inform residents about a Canadian nuclear waste dump proposal and plans by Michigan lawmakers to stop it.

Canadian officials propose to bury 7 million cubic feet of radioactive waste less than a mile from the shore of Lake Huron, directly across the lake from residents of the Bay and Thumb regions.

Green and Pavlov are leading an effort in Lansing to halt construction of the dump. Their legislation has passed the Michigan Senate unanimously and awaits action in the House of Representatives. More than 60 communities throughout the region have recently passed resolutions in support of the measures.

When:
Monday, Sept. 22
6:30 to 8 p.m.

Where:
Sebewaing Township Hall
14 East Sharpsteen St.
Sebewaing, MI 48759

For more information, contact Green’s office at 1-517-373-1777.

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Citizen-initiated Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act passes Legislature

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LANSING—Citizen-initiated legislation that would ensure decisions affecting Michigan’s fish and wildlife are made using science and scientific methods received final approval from the Legislature with Tuesday’s passage by the Michigan House of Representatives.

“I applaud my colleagues in the House for their diligent work yesterday afternoon,” said Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, who led support of the measure in the Michigan Senate on Wednesday, August 13. “It is imperative that the public policy decisions affecting Michigan’s great outdoors and wildlife are based on sound science, not partisan politics or emotions.

“This proposal – brought forth by the citizens of Michigan – does just that.”

The citizen-initiative was submitted to the Legislature with the verified signatures of more than 297,000 Michigan voters, well beyond the 258,000 needed. The state Senate and House had 40 days to either confirm or reject the proposal. An initiative is not presented to the governor for signature or veto.

The measure was previously approved in the Senate by a vote of 23-10 with five members excused and passed the House yesterday with a 65-43 vote. With House passage, it is now law and will go into effect next year.

Under the law:

·         Decisions affecting the taking of fish and game will be made using principles of sound scientific fish and wildlife management;

·         Active members of the military would be able to receive free hunting, fishing and trapping licenses; and

·         Additional appropriations would be provided for fishery management within Michigan and prevention, control and/or elimination of aquatic invasive           species, including Asian carp.

Green described the proposal as one that was beneficial to Michigan wildlife and the millions of sportsmen and women who call the state home.

“The Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act was not a partisan proposal. It was a proposal to take politics and politicians out of wildlife management decisions and replace it with sound science we all agree on,” Green said. “With its passage, Michigan sportsmen and women can be confident that our fish and game will be properly managed and, when necessary, protected so that our outdoor traditions and way of life can be passed on to future generations.”

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Media Reminder: Green and Pavlov to host Port Sanilac town hall on protecting Lake Huron from nuclear waste

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LANSING—State Sens. Mike Green, R-Mayville, and Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, are inviting Bay and Thumb area residents in the 31st and 25th Senate districts to a public town hall on Tuesday, Aug. 26 in Port Sanilac to discuss legislative and other efforts to protect Lake Huron from a Canadian nuclear waste dump.

Who:
Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville;
Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township; and
Anyone interested in the topic.

What:
A public town hall meeting to inform residents about a Canadian nuclear waste dump proposal and plans by Michigan lawmakers to stop it.

Canadian officials propose to bury 7 million cubic feet of radioactive waste less than a mile from the shore of Lake Huron, directly across the lake from residents of the Bay and Thumb regions.

Green and Pavlov are leading an effort in Lansing to halt construction of the dump. Their legislation has passed the Michigan Senate unanimously and awaits action in the House of Representatives. Dozens of local communities throughout the region have recently passed resolutions in support of the measures.

When:
Tuesday, Aug. 26
6:30 to 8 p.m.

Where:
Port Sanilac Waterside Gazebo
7299 Cedar St.
Port Sanilac, MI 48469

For more information, contact Pavlov’s office at 1-517-373-7708.

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Citizen-initiated Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act passes Senate

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LANSING—Citizen-initiated legislation that ensures decisions affecting Michigan’s fish and wildlife are made using science and scientific methods passed the Michigan Senate on Wednesday. 

“The Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act places science at the forefront of Michigan’s wildlife management policy, not politicians or wealthy out-of-state extremists,” said Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, who led support of the measure in the Michigan Senate. 

“One out of six Michigan residents regularly hunt or fish, spending nearly $5 billion and supporting 46,000 jobs in our state’s economy each year. As their representatives, we must ensure that public policy decisions affecting their way of life and their traditions in the great outdoors are based on sound science, not partisan politics or emotions.” 

In addition to requiring science-based decision making, the measure strengthens state fishery management programs, and efforts to combat the threat of aquatic invasive species such as Asian Carp. The act also establishes free hunting, fishing and trapping licenses for active duty members of the military as a demonstration of appreciation for their service to our nation.

The citizen-initiative was submitted to the Legislature with the verified signatures of over 297,000 Michigan voters, well beyond the 258,000 needed, giving the state Senate and House 40 days to either confirm or reject the proposal. An initiative is not presented to the governor for signature or veto.

“The Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act is not a Republican or Democrat proposal, it is a proposal from the millions of Michigan sportsmen and women who come from every part of our state and from every political spectrum who want to preserve Michigan’s strong outdoor legacy for generations to come.”

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Pavlov and Green to host Port Sanilac town hall on protecting Lake Huron from nuclear waste

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LANSING—State Sens. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, and Mike Green, R-Mayville, are inviting Thumb residents in the 25th and 31st Senate Districts to a public town hall on Tuesday, Aug. 26 in Port Sanilac to discuss legislative and other efforts to protect Lake Huron from a Canadian nuclear waste dump.

Who:
Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township;
Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville; and
Anyone interested in the topic.

What:
A public town hall meeting to inform residents about a Canadian nuclear waste dump proposal and plans by Michigan lawmakers to stop it.

Canadian officials propose to bury 7 million cubic feet of radioactive waste less than a mile from the shore of Lake Huron, directly across the lake from residents of Huron, Sanilac and St. Clair counties.

Green and Pavlov are leading an effort in Lansing to halt construction of the dump. Their legislation has passed the Michigan Senate unanimously and awaits action in the House of Representatives. Numerous Thumb communities have recently passed resolutions in support of the measures, including Paris and Sebewaing townships in Huron County.

When:
Tuesday, Aug. 26
6:30 to 8 p.m.

Where:
Port Sanilac Waterside Gazebo
7299 Cedar St.
Port Sanilac, MI 48469

For more information, contact Pavlov’s office at 1-517-373-7708.

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Green: Punishing Michigan employers and Vassar workers would make crisis worse

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LANSING—Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, offered the following statement regarding the potential use of Vassar facilities for housing illegal immigrants and a recent proposal to punish such facilities by canceling state contracts:

“Our local community continues to be faced with a crisis of failed federal leadership on our borders and the complete lack of transparency from the Obama administration on housing operations.

“From day one, I have been engaged on this issue with the community, our Congressional delegation, the governor and my fellow legislators.

“Punishing Michigan employers, Vassar workers and their families will only make the crisis worse and accomplish one thing: opening up every single bed in Vassar and elsewhere for use by federal agencies.

“The substantial number of open beds at the Vassar facility exists because the Granholm administration reneged on the state’s commitment to utilize such community-based alternatives for juvenile offenders, in favor of state-controlled correctional institutions.

“These alternatives to the lock-and-key approach have proven to be a cost-effective use of taxpayer dollars and very successful in helping youths who have made mistakes. The open beds at the Vassar facility could be used to help Michigan juvenile offenders and to serve our state’s public safety interests.

“Renewing the state’s commitment to use programs like Pioneer Work and Learn would resolve this crisis for the Vassar community while also creating local jobs. That’s a real solution that I am committed to working on with my fellow legislators and the governor and one that they seem receptive to.”

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Green: $4.2 million in Priority Road Investment Program dollars will fix roads in the district

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LANSING—State Sen. Mike Green announced that Gov. Rick Snyder, the Michigan Senate and the Michigan House of Representatives released their priority road funding list for allocation of funds across the state.

Senate District 31 received five projects totaling $4.25 million in funding.

“I’m happy to see our district allocated these funds to help repair what MDOT, the governor and I feel are vital roadways,” said Green, R-Mayville. “While this is simply a supplemental amount, it will benefit our district’s transportation needs immeasurably without tax increases and is an important step in fixing Michigan’s crumbling roadways.”

The projects include:

·         $800,000 for M-46 east of Goetz Road to Port Sanilac west village limits;

·         $1 million for M-90 from North Branch east village limits to M-53;

·         $650,000 for I-69 under Black Corners Road (S-14);

·         $1.3 million for M-13 (Euclid) from Salzburg Avenue to North Union Avenue; and

·         $500,000 for 600 different locations in and around Bay City.

Senate Bill 608 provides supplemental appropriations for various state government departments covering Fiscal Year 2015. The total gross amount allocated for the Michigan Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) Priority Road Investment Program is $114,942,610. It was noted that many of these projects would otherwise not be funded if not for the supplemental amount.

The approximately $115 million for road projects is part of more than $700 million extra general fund dollars allocated to Michigan roads this legislative term.

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Green: Concerns over housing of illegal immigrants should be addressed

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LANSING—Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, offered the following statement regarding the ongoing federal review of local facilities for housing illegal immigrants under the age of 18.

“The United States of America is a nation built by immigrants who yearned for freedom and who worked hard to achieve the American dream. The American people support legal immigration that is managed effectively, strengthens our society and preserves the safety of our citizens.

“Folks in my district have legitimate concerns about the impact of housing illegal immigrant minors—many of whom are near adulthood—on the health, welfare, local schools and security of the Vassar community.

“One of the most significant concerns is that we do not know who these illegals are. We do not know their criminal or health histories, the groups or gangs they may be associated with, either home or abroad, the reasons for bringing them all the way to Michigan, and where they will ultimately end up. These questions need to be answered before any action is taken and the conversation must involve local residents.

“Wolverine Human Services was approached to provide services fitting within their overall mission during a national border crisis, and I cannot fault them for responding. Ultimately, the city of Vassar and Wolverine are not the problem here.

“Responsibility for the lack of border security, blatant refusal to enforce immigration laws, unconstitutional attempts to enact amnesty through executive orders, and confusion among foreign nationals over U.S. immigration policy rests squarely on the shoulders of President Obama and his administration. He has only compounded the problem by rewarding the nations of origin with hundreds of millions of dollars in additional aid, instead of demanding action that addresses the problem.

“I will remain engaged in the Vassar situation and work to ensure that our community’s interests are protected. However, we will continue to face this crisis in local communities across the nation until action is taken in our nation’s capital to secure our borders, restore the rule of law to our immigration system, enforce current immigration law, and hold our international counterparts accountable.

“That is ultimately the biggest issue here.”

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Green announces June office hours in Vassar

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LANSING—Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, announced that June office hours have been scheduled for the 31st Senate District.

District office hours provide residents with the opportunity to meet with the senator or a member of his staff to address issues related to state government. No appointment is necessary.

The next scheduled meeting hours will be on Monday, June 30 at the Vassar Municipal Building, 287 East Huron Ave., from 11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The meeting will take place in the City Council Room on the main floor.

For more information or to contact Green, please visit www.statesenatormikegreen.com or call toll-free at 1-866-305-2131. The 31st Senate District includes the counties of Arenac, Bay, Huron, Sanilac and Tuscola.

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Governor joins state lawmakers at Michigan Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus Breakfast

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LANSING-State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, Senate co-chair of the Michigan Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus (MLSC), was joined by House co-chair Rep. Jon Bumstead, R-Newaygo, in welcoming Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday morning to speak to caucus legislators and supporters.

Snyder, a member of the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus, spoke about the importance of sportsmen and women to Michigan’s environment, wildlife management programs and economy. He also emphasized the abundance of outdoor opportunities throughout the state and recognized the vital contribution of Department of Natural Resources conservation officers.

MLSC is a bipartisan group of 88 legislators dedicated to protecting the rights of hunters, anglers and trappers and to preserving Michigan’s strong outdoor legacy. Green has served as co-chair of the caucus since 2011.

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Green legislation reforming CPL process passes Senate

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LANSING, Mich.—The Michigan Senate on Tuesday passed a comprehensive overhaul of the state’s concealed pistol license (CPL) system by a vote of 24-13, announced state Sen. Mike Green, sponsor of the legislation.

“Michigan residents currently pay one of the highest CPL fees in the nation, yet they must deal with inconsistent requirements from county to county and experience some of the country’s longest delays,” said Green, R-Mayville.

“The reason is simple: Michigan is still operating on a system created in 1927 with county gun boards. In an era of modern technology and electronic records systems, we can do it better, more cost-effectively and more efficiently, saving taxpayer dollars and delivering folks more value for their hard-earned dollars while protecting public safety.”

Senate Bill 789 will make the CPL process more efficient by eliminating the county concealed weapons licensing boards. Michigan is the only “shall issue” state in the nation that still uses these boards.

County clerks would continue to accept applications and issue approved licenses if the applicant is qualified based on extensive background checks. The responsibility for conducting those checks would be moved from county sheriffs to the Department of State Police in an effort to reduce the cost burden on county departments and focus deputies on public safety, not bureaucratic tasks. The state police would have no authority whether a license was issued or not.

The legislation establishes a clear and enforceable 45 day time limit from the date fingerprints are taken. The current deadline is widely viewed as unenforceable. If the clerk fails to issue a license in that timeframe, the applicant would use a receipt and their driver’s license as a temporary CPL. Existing licensees in good standing would experience no lapse if they apply before the expiration date of their current license.

The bill also requires approved licenses to be mailed, renewal notices to be sent and reduces the renewal fee from $105 to $90.

“These reforms will free up local law enforcement resources from bureaucratic tasks to focus on public safety in our local communities,” Green stated. “More importantly, it will create a true ‘shall issue’ CPL system for law-abiding citizens while keeping licenses out of the hands of bad guys.”

SB 789 is supported by the National Rifle Association and the Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners. It now moves to the House for consideration.

 

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Green: Taxpayers aren’t responsible for Detroit

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LANSING-In response to a plan that passed the Senate today that would bail out Detroit using taxpayer dollars, Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, issued the following statement:

“I voted against this legislation because Michigan taxpayers should not have to foot the bill for decades of corruption and mismanagement in Detroit while local communities in my district struggle to balance the books and provide basic services. Most communities in the state are fiscally responsible, make sound decisions and live within their means, yet this bailout is rewarding the exact opposite.

“There are many more steps that Detroit can take to assume responsibility for its situation and move forward to its best and brightest days yet—steps that everyone knows are missing from this bailout plan. I agree that a strong Detroit makes Michigan stronger, and I applaud the new leadership in Detroit for tackling the challenging task of turning the Motor City around.

But that does not justify giving away hundreds of millions of our state tax dollars to one community. It is poor public policy and sets a bad precedent. When legislators are discussing possible gas tax increases to fix our roads, they shouldn’t at the same time be spending nearly $200 million to bail out a city that created its own mess.”
 

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Green legislation removes employment barriers for veterans

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LANSING—State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, joined Gov. Rick Snyder for a ceremonial signing of legislation he sponsored to waive initial state occupational license fees for honorably-discharged veterans.

“The legislative package signed by the governor today honors the sacrifice of the men and women who have served in our armed forces and helps them transition into careers as civilian employees and business owners,” said Green, R-Mayville. “Not only is this the right thing to do, it benefits Michigan and our economy by encouraging veterans to put their world class skills and training to work in the Great Lakes State.”

Sponsored by Sen. John Moolenaar and Green respectively, Senate Bills 671 and 672 are now public acts that waive license fees for veterans seeking to become private security professionals, accountants, builders, barbers, engineers, surveyors, real estate agents and many other occupations.

 

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Green legislation to revitalize underground storage tank cleanup

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LANSING—Legislation to revitalize Michigan’s leaking underground storage tank clean-up fund and program was approved by the Michigan Senate on Wednesday, said bill sponsor state Sen. Mike Green.

“Commercial properties are often abandoned or stand idle because of contamination caused by leaking underground storage tanks,” said Green, R-Mayville. “For years, the Legislature has raided funds intended to clean these sites up and spent the money on other unrelated purposes.

“This legislation will put an end to that practice and restore a program that cleans up contaminated sites and puts them back into economic action. It is a win-win scenario that is good for the environment and job creation.”

For years, tank owner and operators have paid a fee that went to the Michigan Underground Storage Tank Financial Assurance (MUSTFA) fund to support clean-up operations of existing leaking tanks and preventive measures designed to avoid future leaks. Despite industry support for the program and fee, the funds have not been used for their intended purpose for some time.

Senate Bill 791 revitalizes and modernizes the program, strengthens the requirement that the funds be used for clean-up purposes, and creates a reimbursement program that will result in current contaminated sites being cleaned up and redeveloped for economic development purposes.

“That means a cleaner environment, reduced threats to public health and more jobs,” Green added.

In an alliance that is often rare in Lansing, the legislation is supported by business, industry and environmental groups. SB 791 passed the Senate with strong bipartisan support and will now advance to the Michigan House of Representatives for further consideration.

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Green, Pavlov and Thumb-area lawmakers call for halt to proposed Canadian nuclear waste facility

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PORT SANILAC—State Sen. Mike Green, state Sen. Phil Pavlov and other Thumb-area lawmakers announced measures Monday to stop the construction of a Canadian nuclear waste dump and strengthen the state’s protection of natural resources against radioactive waste.

The legislation, to be introduced in Lansing on Tuesday, would ban the importation of radioactive waste into Michigan and call on President Obama and Congress to weigh in on the development of a nuclear waste disposal facility in Kincardine, Ontario, on the shores of Lake Huron.

Pavlov also announced the creation of an online petition, www.ProtectLakeHuron.com, and encouraged residents throughout the Thumb and the state of Michigan to sign the petition and add their voices to the call for presidential action.

“This proposed facility would pose a critical threat to the health of the Great Lakes and other natural resources throughout Michigan,” said Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township. “I take very seriously my duty as a legislator to protect our natural resources and public health. That is why I will continue to fight the development of this site and ask my fellow residents to join in this effort.”

Concurrent Senate and House resolutions call on the president, the secretary of state and Congress to take the appropriate procedural steps to submit a letter of reference or request a binding decision from the International Joint Commission (IJC), the official organization appointed to prevent and resolve disputes over the use of the Great Lakes. A second concurrent resolution would urge the Great Lakes Commission to study the impacts of the facility and take a formal position on it.

In addition to banning the importation of all radioactive waste, a bill in the package would extend Michigan’s current ban on nuclear waste disposal to include Class C radioactive waste—the most dangerous form of low-level nuclear waste. The bill also would create the Great Lakes Protection Radioactive Waste Advisory Board to assess a broad range of public health, natural resource, cultural, archaeological and historical consequences of the proposed Ontario facility.

“I will ask the board to set an aggressive timetable and conduct public hearings on the matter to determine a wide range of potential impacts,” Pavlov said. “This information-gathering effort and the conclusions from the panel can help bring to light key potential risks from the proposed facility and hopefully help to attract additional national and international attention to calling the facility to a halt.”

Green, R-Mayville, added, “The Great Lakes are Michigan’s most valuable natural resource, not only for our ecosystem but for our economy as well. Michigan has a long history of protecting this resource and that’s what we are joining together to do today.”

Their co-sponsors in the state House joined Pavlov and Green in unveiling this plan.

“These measures put the debate into a scientific forum, which allows for public comment,” said state Rep. Paul Muxlow, R-Brown City. “The process should make it clear to everyone that the development of this nuclear waste disposal facility is unacceptable, and I hope it puts significant pressure on the Canadian government to stop their approval of the site.”

State Rep. Dan Lauwers, R-Brockway Township, added, “Building a nuclear waste dump less than a mile from one of the largest freshwater sources in the world is a reckless act that should be universally opposed. We all need to work together—local, state, U.S. congressional and Midwest leaders—to try to convince Canadian officials to do the right thing and stop the plan.”

Tens of millions of United States and Canadian citizens depend on the Great Lakes for drinking water, fisheries, tourism, recreation and other industrial and economic uses. Placing a permanent nuclear waste burial facility in Kincardine, Ontario could lead to a leak or breach of radioactivity from the facility or to a similar pollution incident, which could severely harm the ecology of the Great Lakes, perhaps permanently.

“Michigan’s Great Lakes are one of our most prized resources, and we have a responsibility to protect them,” said state Rep. Andrea LaFontaine, R-Columbus. “This legislation does just that. It prioritizes the conservation of our beautiful water and everything that comes with it. With great things comes great responsibility, so let’s step up to the plate and care for the Great Lakes to the best of our ability.”

Under the 1909 Boundary Waters Treaty, the IJC, made up of individuals appointed from the U.S. and Canada, is authorized to address international matters relative to the U.S. and Canadian interests in protecting the Great Lakes. An important part of the treaty enables either nation to submit a letter of reference to the IJC for their debate, research and investigation regarding issues having the potential to impact the health of the lakes.

The concurrent resolutions pertaining to the IJC urge the legislatures and governors in the seven other Great Lakes states to submit the same request for the U.S. to invoke IJC provisions.

Pavlov said he will request that the IJC hold hearings in key locations that will be adversely affected by the facility proposed by the Canadian company Ontario Power Generation.

The measures have already gained national attention and praise from key conservation groups.

“Burying nuclear waste a quarter-mile from the Great Lakes is a shockingly bad idea—it poses a serious threat to people, fish, wildlife and the lakes themselves,” said Andy Buchsbaum, regional executive director for the National Wildlife Federation’s Great Lakes Regional Center. “We support this legislative package that asks Canada to reconsider its plan to store large amounts of radioactive waste on the shores of Lake Huron. It’s time to go back to the drawing board to find a solution that doesn’t put our Great Lakes, environment, communities and economy at risk.”

James Clift, policy director for the Michigan Environmental Council, added, “The unique elements of the project, such as its nearly unprecedented reliance on limestone to contain emissions from nuclear waste and, most notably, the site’s proximity to Lake Huron, demand that Ontario Power Generation (OPG) take seriously its obligation to consider alternative sites. Unfortunately, the process employed and supporting information provided by OPG to this point do not reflect sufficiently careful analysis of alternative sites.”

“As we all get ready to take our families boating, swimming and fishing in the Great Lakes this summer, the implications of this proposed project are really brought home,” said Erin McDonough, executive director of the Michigan United Conservation Clubs. “We appreciate the leadership Senator Pavlov and his legislative partners are showing in proactively addressing the serious issue of burying nuclear waste along Lake Huron’s shoreline.”

The legislation will be introduced in Lansing on Tuesday and throughout this week.

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Thumb-area lawmakers to unveil plan to protect Lake Huron from Canadian nuclear waste dump

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PORT HURON—Sen. Mike Green, Sen. Phil Pavlov and Rep. Paul Muxlow on Monday will unveil a plan to protect Lake Huron and to stop a dangerous proposal by Canadian officials to bury 7 million cubic feet of nuclear waste less than a quarter-mile from the shore of Lake Huron, directly across the lake from the residents of St. Clair, Sanilac and Huron counties.

According to reports, Ontario plans to bury 53,000 containers of nuclear waste in a dig site that is expected to consume 70 acres of land.

Who:
Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville;
Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township; and
Rep. Paul Muxlow; R-Brown City.

What:
Lawmakers will unveil a plan to protect Lake Huron and stop a dangerous Canadian proposal to bury nuclear waste on the lake’s shore.

When:
Monday, May 19
2 p.m.

Where:
URI’s Landing
7375 Cedar St.
Port Sanilac, MI 48469

For more information, contact Green’s office at 1-517-373-1777.

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