Richardville measure to keep Milan SOS office open
LANSING - Sen. Randy Richardville successfully continues his fight to keep the Milan secretary of state branch office operational for residents of Washtenaw and Monroe counties, as the Senate passed legislation that included an amendment by Richardville to keep open the Milan branch.
"The Milan office is a highly efficient operation that serves the needs of southern Washtenaw and northern Monroe counties," said Richardville, R-Monroe. "Consolidating this office would be a great disservice to thousands of area residents. In addition, public transportation is scarce, and closing it would be a great burden, especially to the senior citizens and disabled."
Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land announced plans to close the Milan office in June.
"I have spoken to Secretary Land personally and to her staff about this several times," Richardville said. "I know she has worked hard to further modernize the operations of the Department of State and I applaud many of her efforts. On this particular branch office issue, however, I have to respectfully disagree with the secretary."
Richardville's amendment states that the secretary of state shall maintain a branch office in Milan for the 2008 fiscal year. The amendment passed with bipartisan support.
"I remain in favor of reforming state government and making necessary reforms to help Michigan's troubled economy, but closing the Milan branch office that provides great service for area residents is not the right answer," said Richardville.
The legislation now heads to the House for consideration.
Posted: Wednesday, August 22, 2007
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