Green’s “moveable bridge”’ funding legislation passes Senate Transportation Committee

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LANSING—Legislation introduced by state Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, establishing the “Moveable Bridge Fund” was voted out of the Senate Transportation Committee with bipartisan support on Wednesday and will now go before the full Senate for consideration.

“Taxpayers and local elected officials in communities around the state are being short-changed because of the presence of these bridges, many of them built by the state, despite their benefit to Michigan’s economy and tourism,” Green said in applauding the committee approval. “I am pleased with today’s passage and will continue working with Bay City’s leaders and my fellow legislators to get the measure to the governor’s desk.”

Senate Bill 281 would set up the fund to assist local governments in paying for the operational costs of moveable bridges. There are currently 22 moveable bridges across the state, with nearly half being locally owned and the remainder being owned by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). The city of Bay City has four such bridges and is itself responsible for the costs of operating two.

Currently, state funding treats the bridges as standard roadways despite the operational costs being significantly higher. If passed in its current form, this measure is estimated to save Bay City and other localities hundreds of thousands of dollars annually, money that could be used for repairing local roads.

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More than 75 Michigan communities formally oppose Canadian nuclear waste dump

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LANSING—In support of efforts in Lansing by state Sens. Phil Pavlov and Mike Green to halt construction of a permanent Canadian nuclear waste repository on the shores of Lake Huron, 76 Michigan communities, along with local government agencies in Canada and other U.S. states, have passed official resolutions opposing the Canadian proposal.

Members of Michigan’s congressional delegation also have joined the fight, recently offering identical U.S. House and Senate resolutions urging the Obama administration to oppose the Canadian plan.

“I applaud the dozens of local governments in Michigan that have supported our efforts to stop this dangerous proposal,” said Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township. “Local communities are overwhelmingly opposed to this proposed facility, and for good reason. Ontario Power Generation’s plan to permanently bury radioactive waste less than a mile from Lake Huron presents a critical threat to the health of the entire Great Lakes region.”

In June, the Michigan Senate unanimously approved measures designed to halt construction of the Lake Huron facility while strengthening Michigan’s protection of natural resources against radioactive waste.

One measure was Senate Resolution 151, sponsored by Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, which calls on President Obama, the U.S. secretary of state and Congress to formally request a binding decision from the International Joint Commission, the official organization appointed to prevent and resolve disputes over the use of the Great Lakes. SR 150 (Green) urges the Great Lakes Commission to study the impacts of the facility and take a formal position on it.

“These resolutions were mailed to the president, secretary of state and other officials in June,” Green said. “Since then, we’ve seen encouraging developments with members of Michigan’s congressional delegation also joining the fight and urging action from the Obama administration. The Great Lakes are the world’s largest supply of fresh water and must be protected.”

In September, Pavlov addressed the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission’s Deep Geologic Repository Joint Review Panel, the decision-making body for this proposal. Citing official Canadian opposition to a similar U.S. plan in the 1980s, Pavlov asked the panel to adhere to the standard their own government set for nuclear waste storage.

Although the joint review panel since closed their public comment period on Oct. 19, residents and local governments can still make their voices heard by visiting www.ProtectLakeHuron.com and signing the petition, Pavlov said.

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Governor signs pharmacy technician licensure into law

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LANSING—Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians from around the state joined Sen. Mike Green as his legislation, Senate Bill 92, was signed into law by Gov. Snyder. The governor’s signature makes pharmacy technicians a licensed occupation in Michigan.

“Until now, Michigan was one of only six states that did not require employees with access to large quantities of prescription drugs and narcotics to be certified or licensed pharmacy technicians,” said Green, R-Mayville. “This measure will give Michigan residents the peace of mind knowing that their prescriptions are being handled by a trained and knowledgeable professional under the supervision of a pharmacist.”

SB 92 requires anyone assisting a pharmacist in their duties to be licensed by meeting certain training, academic or work experience requirements. The legislation was strongly supported by pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

The measure is now Public Act 285 of 2014 and will take effect 90 days from its signing.

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Photo Description: State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, (center-left) joins Gov. Snyder (seated) and pharmacy technicians from around the state as Senate Bill 92 is signed into law.

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Green testifies in support of septic waste regulatory reform

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LANSING—State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, and Ray Daniels, owner of Daniels’ Septic Service in Sterling, testified before the Senate Natural Resources, Environment and Great Lakes Committee last week in support of House Bill 4874. The legislation would reform the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA) to allow residents with septic tanks to seek more competitive pricing for waste disposal by repealing the service areas requirement in the law and by prohibiting publicly-owned facilities from monopolizing such services within their jurisdiction.

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Photo Description: State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, (right) and constituent Ray Daniels, owner of Daniels’ Septic Service in Sterling testify in support of HB 4874 before the Senate Natural Resources Environment and Great Lakes Committee.

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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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Green co-sponsors resolution to strengthen Michigan’s economy

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LANSING—In an effort to bring awareness to the importance of buying goods locally, Sen. Mike Green co-sponsored Senate Resolution 184, offered by Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, which was adopted by the Michigan Senate on Thursday.

“Buy Nearby is an excellent year-round campaign that was started by Michigan retailers to benefit local businesses and communities,” said Green, R-Mayville. “Retailers are responsible for nearly 850,000 jobs in Michigan and are a driving force in local economies.”

SR 184 recognizes Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 as “Buy Nearby Get Caught Blue-Handed Day,” a celebration that takes place on the first Saturday in October to encourage shoppers to visit and buy from local stores. Michigan’s retail shops are also encouraged to run specials or promotions during this event. 

“If more of us buy locally, the state’s economy could potentially see 74,000 retail jobs created and $9 billion in additional economic activity that includes $2.5 billion in more wages for workers,” Green said. “I was happy to co-sponsor this resolution because of the importance of local small businesses to our state’s economy and comeback.”

The resolution was supported by the Michigan Retailers Association.

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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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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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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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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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