Media Advisory: Sen. Green to attend Safari Club International banquet Saturday in Detroit

LANSING, Mich.— State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, will speak at a seminar held as part of the Safari Club International – Novi Chapter’s 21st Annual Banquet in Detroit on Saturday, Feb. 25th.

The seminar will run from 3 to 4 p.m. at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, located at 1777 3rd Street in Detroit.

Green said his seminar will focus on the importance of sportsmen, the rights of all Michigan gun owners, and legislation he has proposed to fundamentally reform Michigan’s firearms laws.

The event is open to banquet ticket holders only. Members of the media interested in attending should contact SCI-Novi Chapter President Jon Munger at 248-770-4991.

For more information, contact Green’s office toll free at 866-305-2131 or at his website www.statesenatormikegreen.com.

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Campaign finance and election reforms approved by MI Senate

LANSING, Mich.—The state Senate today approved several bills that will make campaigns and elections in Michigan more efficient, effective and fair, said state Sen. Mike Green, who cosponsored the legislation.

Senate Bills 750-754 and 803 would increase penalties for campaign finance violations and reduce voter fraud, while SBs 823-825 would reform the campaign finance act to strengthen protections for voter rights, increase transparency and streamline the election process.

“With inaccurate and ineligible voter registration and participation, and weak campaign finance penalties, the elections process both in Michigan and throughout the country is in dire need of reform,” said Green, R-Mayville.

A new Pew Center on the States study released Tuesday indicates one in eight voter registrations are either out-of-date or inaccurate. The study found more than 12 million voters are registered at the wrong address, 2.8 million are registered in multiple states, and 1.8 million deceased individuals are still listed as active voters.

“These glaring problems waste taxpayer dollars, threaten the integrity of the vote, and erode the confidence of the electorate,” Green said. “This legislation is sorely needed.”

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Sen. Green welcomes foreign exchange students.

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Sen. Green welcomes foreign exchange students.

"State Sen. Mike Green welcomes foreign exchange students, their host parents and local students from the 31st District to the Michigan Capitol on Thursday. High schools represented include Bay City Central, Essexville-Garber, Cass City, and Ubly. Nations represented by the exchange students include Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ghana, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Portugal, Turkey, and Ukraine.  The parents and students were recognized by the Michigan Senate and provided a special tour of the Senate chamber."

Editor’s note: For a print-quality version of this and other Green photos, click the image or visit www.StateSenatorMikeGreen.com and click the Photowire link.

Green bill would benefit environmental leaders

Green bill would benefit environmental leaders

LANSING — A four-bill package designed to reduce regulations and provide incentives for businesses that volunteer to become certified “environmental leaders” was introduced in the Michigan Senate on Thursday, said Sen. Mike Green.

Senate Bills 939-942 would create the “Environmental Leaders” program within the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The measures are aimed to reduce cumbersome regulations on job providers that choose to go above and beyond current state environmental requirements.

“We must do everything in our power to encourage any and all job provides to take measures to protect Michigan’s  environment and natural resources,” said Green, R-Mayville. “The environmental leaders program would reward those employers who have already taken steps to protect the environment and may encourage others to begin better environmental practices.”

Under the incentives, environmental leaders would be rewarded with incentives such as:
• Less frequent inspections;
• 15 percent discount on permit, licensing and other fees for the first year;
• Extended length of permits;
• Preference for state contract bidding; and
• Protection against civil fines.

"This legislation seeks to reward businesses who go above and beyond the call of duty in the interest of the environment," Green said.  

Senate Bills 939-942 will be referred to the Senate Natural Resources, Environment and Great Lakes Committee for consideration.

Sen. Green speaks to civics classes

Sen. Green speaks to civics classes

Lansing—Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, visited Cass City High School on Friday and spoke to the sophomore class. Earlier in the year, as a project in civics class, many of the students had sent Green issue-oriented letters.

"I applaud the students and their teachers for having a strong interest in the issues facing our state," Green said. "I was especially impressed with how well-informed the students were on such a broad range of issues. It’s a real credit to them and the excellent job their dedicated teachers are doing."

The day included a tour of the school’s agricultural training building, which is completely supported by local donations.

"Their ag programs were impressive. They are a great example of the innovative curriculum schools districts provide, particularly through public-private partnerships," Green said.

The day’s events were coordinated by Linda Volz, a teacher at Cass City High School.

Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, visited Cass City High School on Friday and spoke to the sophomore class. Earlier in the year, as a project in civics class, students sent Green issue- oriented letters.

Editor’s note: For a print-quality version of this and other Green photos from the event, click the image or visit www.StateSenatorMikeGreen.com and click the Photowire link.

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Sen. Green reacts to Gov. Snyder’s FY ’13 budget presentation

LANSING, Mich.— State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, issued the following statement today after Gov. Rick Snyder presented his Fiscal Year 2013 budget proposal to the Legislature:

“I am encouraged by Governor Snyder’s budget proposal. Michigan’s surplus reflects the hard work that has been done to turn our state around over the past year. After years of a declining economy and employment rates, things are recovering, and that is something we should be proud of.

“I am glad the governor’s budget continues our focus on making government more efficient and effective.  As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and as chairman of the appropriations subcommittees on Natural Resources, Environmental Quality, and Agriculture and Rural Development, I look forward to being deeply engaged in the budget debate.

“My focus will be on passing a balanced budget that addresses our pressing needs in key areas, such as education, public safety, and infrastructure, while holding the line on spending, continuing innovative reforms of government at all levels, and reducing the tax burden for all residents. I can’t wait to get started.”

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Green Media Advisory: Senator to discuss legislative priorities at NRA Second Amendment Weekend Feb. 11

LANSING, Mich.—State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, is set to address the NRA Second Amendment Weekend gathering on Saturday, Feb.11 from 2 to 3 p.m.

The two-day event will be held at Cabela’s, located at 110 Cabela Blvd. in Dundee, MI.

Green is expected to discuss his legislative priorities for 2012, including Senate Bill 58, which would repeal “no concealed carry” zones for licensees, and SB 59, which would reform the Concealed Pistol License process for qualified applicants. Members of the press are encouraged to attend. The event is open to the public. However, an RSVP is required.

As a state representative in 1999, Sen. Green introduced the legislation that changed Michigan to a “shall issue” state for concealed pistol licenses. He remains committed to protecting and enhancing the rights of gun owners under Michigan law.

For more information, contact Green’s office toll free at 866-305-2131 or at his website www.statesenatormikegreen.com.

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Sen. Green announces February district office hours

LANSING, Mich.—State Sen. Mike Green will hold constituent office hours in the district on the following dates:

Friday, February 17th
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The 1904 Room
Pere Marquette Depot
1000 Adams St.
Bay City, MI

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.

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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Green photo advisory: Senator displays area student art at Capitol office

LANSING, Mich.— State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, appears before a selection of paintings on display in the lawmaker’s Lansing office. The art was submitted by elementary school students of teacher, Mrs. Tina Wallace from Schall Elementary School in Caro.

Green said the art display is part of the “Kids of the 31st!” program, which highlights and honors the talent, community involvement and positive achievements of students throughout the 31st Senate District. The program recognizes a student of the month and a student art exhibit that’s open to all ages.

To see print quality versions of this and other photos of Green, visit his website at www.statesenatormikegreen.com and click the Photowire link.

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Sen. Green: How to Effectively Appeal Your Property Tax Assessment guide now available

LANSING, Mich.—Property tax assessments are being delivered, and state Sen. Mike Green said 31st District residents can now obtain free information on his website on how to appeal them if owners believe they may be inaccurate.

“With the volatile housing market in Michigan, property owners may find an increase in their tax assessments, causing them to question whether it is accurate,” said Green, R-Mayville. “It’s important to make sure property tax assessments are right, and I encourage residents to review theirs carefully. It will be time well spent.”

Green said it is a good idea to check for errors on property record cards, and to look over homes for structural damage or problems not associated with general aging that could affect the value of the property. It’s also smart to research comparable properties in your area.

If property owners believe an assessment is in error, an appeal can be made to the local Board of Review and, if necessary, the Michigan Tax Tribunal.

Green introduced legislation last year that would enable property owners to appeal property tax assessments to their board of review by letter and would not require them to appear in person. It remains under consideration.

More information on how to effectively appeal your property tax assessment, as well as a link to the 2012 Michigan Taxpayer’s Guide reference publication, can be found here.

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