Green’s legislation redefining pistol length on its way to the governor

For Immediate Release
June 13, 2012

Contact: Ryan Mitchell
517-373-1777

Green’s legislation redefining pistol length on its way to the governor

LANSING, Mich.—The definition of a pistol would be changed from a firearm with an overall length of 30 inches or less to one of 26 inches or less, according to legislation passed unanimously, 110-0 by the House of Representatives on Wednesday. The three bill package, Senate Bills 760-762, was previously approved in the Senate by a vote of 36-2.

State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, led the effort with fellow Sens. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, and Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Township.

Green said the change is needed to clear up confusion among firearm manufacturers, retailers, law enforcement, and gun owners, due to the fact that Michigan’s statutory definition conflicts with the one used in federal law and by most other states.

“I was pleased to hear that the House unanimously concurred with this important piece of legislation,” said Green. “This legislation would amend Michigan’s legal definition of a pistol to make it more uniform with other states and would make it easier for firearms makers, retailers and buyers to do lawful business in this state, especially as it relates to youth hunting firearms and sporting rifles.

“Hunting and recreational shooting contribute a lot to our economy and this legislation will have a positive impact on that industry.”

Federal and state requirements for background checks at the point of purchase will not change, nor will laws concerning concealed pistol license holders who lawfully purchased, registered or carried a firearm as a pistol under the old definition.

The bills are now on their way to the governor for his signature.

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Sen. Green announces Lone Wolverine Tour stop in Huron County

For Immediate Release
June 12, 2012
 
Contact: Ryan Mitchell
517-373-1777
 
Sen. Green announces Lone Wolverine Tour stop in Huron County
 
LANSING, Mich. — For more than 200 years, the last known sighting of a wolverine in Michigan was commonly believed to be by fur traders around the turn of the 18th century. That all changed on Feb. 24, 2004.
 
On that day, two coyote hunters, Ryan and Aaron Schenk, spotted a female wolverine in Huron County. For six years she graced the local area with her presence, living primarily in the Minden City State Game Area in Sanilac County until being found deceased in March 2010.
 
Forever preserved by Bay Port taxidermist Sandy Brown, the wolverine, known as “Pretty Lady,” has been on permanent display at the Bay City State Recreation Area, but is making her way back to Huron County where she was first discovered.
 
The Lone Wolverine Exhibit traveling tour will kick off in Bad Axe on Friday, June 22 at the Huron County Building, 250 E. Huron Ave. beginning at 1 p.m. The exhibit will then be on display Monday through Friday during normal county business hours, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., through July 6.  It will then be displayed in Tuscola County for a short period before traveling around the state over the next year.
 
Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, will be joined by special guests in unveiling the traveling exhibit, including wolverine enthusiast Jeff Ford, Board of Commissioners Chairman Clark Elftman, and local Department of Natural Resources personnel. The public is encouraged to attend.
 
“Clark came up with the idea of bringing the wolverine back to the Thumb in a mobile display,” said Green. “His idea has transformed into an impressive traveling exhibit that will visit every corner of the state.
 
“It has been in the works for more than a year, and I’m very excited for the residents of Huron County to be able to experience this exhibit in their own backyard. Because of the work of Jeff Ford and others in protecting and tracking this amazing creature, we can all enjoy the display and learn so much. It will be a great tool for educating and raising awareness about the importance of all of Michigan’s natural resources and wildlife.”
 
The exhibit provides an excellent opportunity for parents, kids, nature enthusiasts, sportsmen and conservationists to see a mysterious animal that once regularly roamed Michigan more than two centuries ago.
 
To contact Green, please visit www.statesenatormikegreen.com or call toll-free 1-866-305-2131.
 
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Green announces June office hours in Bad Axe

For Immediate Release
June 12, 2012

Contact: Ryan Mitchell
517-373-1777

Green announces June office hours in Bad Axe

LANSING, Mich.—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 25 at the Huron County Building, Room 305, 250 E. Huron Ave., Bad Axe, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

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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M-46 resurfacing starts Monday, June 11, in Sanilac County

M-46 resurfacing starts Monday, June 11, in Sanilac County

COUNTY:                             Sanilac

HIGHWAY:                          M-46
                                                            
CLOSEST CITY:                 Village of Carsonville
                                    
STARTING DATE:             Monday, June 11, 2012                                  
                        
ESTIMATED
COMPLETION DATE:      Late July 2012

PROJECT:                            Resurfacing in each direction from the west village limit of Carsonville to Goetz Road. Daytime work only. All lanes will be open during holidays.

TRAFFIC                                                      
RESTRICTIONS:                One lane of alternating traffic will be maintained under flag control.

CUSTOMER BENEFIT:     This work will increase safety by improving the overall condition of the roadway.

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Green backs bill to close loophole on synthetic drugs

For Immediate Release                                                           
June 6, 2012                                                                       

Contact: Ryan Mitchell
517-373-1777

Green backs bill to close loophole on synthetic drugs

LANSING, Mich. — In the last few weeks, news reports have cited synthetic drugs as possible factors in several disturbing incidents of violence and death. Consequently, the Michigan Senate recently passed legislation designed to address synthetic drugs.

“The measure will work to close loopholes and ensure that synthetic drugs are illegal in Michigan,” said Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville. “I am in support of this bill because it effectively addresses the rising concern surrounding these synthetics.”

Senate Bill 1082 would update Michigan’s law that lists prohibited chemical compounds typically used by synthetic drug manufacturers and further empower local law enforcement to keep up with the ever-changing nature of these dangerous, addictive drugs.

The measure was sponsored to target synthetic drugs that are similar to “K2” and “bath salts,” which were previously banned but have had their chemicals altered to escape the penalties.

“It is imperative that we give local law enforcement the tools they need to get these products off our streets as quickly as possible,” Green said. “We need to pass this proposed law in order to keep Michigan residents, especially our youth, safe.”

If signed into law, SB 1082 would update the list of schedule-1 controlled substances to include any synthetic chemical compound that mimics the effect of naturally occurring cannabinoids – which are found in cannabis, which is more commonly known as marijuana.

By classifying these synthetic drugs as schedule-1 substances, anyone caught possessing them would face a felony charge punishable by up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $2,000.

Additionally, anyone caught using one of these controlled substances could be found guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison and a fine of $1,000.

Individuals who manufacture, create, deliver or possess with the intent to manufacture a controlled substance would be guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for up to seven years and a fine of up to $10,000.

SB 1082 is now being considered in the House of Representatives.

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Legislators announce bill to address disaster relief to Michigan’s fruit farmers

For Immediate Release
June 5, 2012

Contacts:
Ryan Mitchell (Sen. Green)
517-373-1777
Peter Wills (Sen. Hansen)
517-373-1635
Jennifer Smeltzer (Rep. Franz)
517-373-0825

Legislators announce bill to address disaster relief to Michigan’s fruit farmers
 
LANSING, Mich. – Several state lawmakers announced Tuesday that they will seek financial relief for Michigan’s fruit farmers, who were devastated by this winter’s early thaw and subsequent frost damage.
 
A recent Michigan State University study found that from 2006 to 2010, the average annual fruit sales were $361.9 million. Using these figures as a base, the estimated loss this year is 58 percent of the 2006-2010 average, or $209.8 million.

A five year average from 2006 to 2010 for Michigan sales of apples, blueberries, grapes, peaches, sweet cherries, tart cherries and asparagus were used for the baseline in the study.  
 
“The scale of the crop loss is staggering,” said Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville. “This program is designed to bridge the gap for an industry that is the backbone of the Michigan economy.”

In 2002, the Michigan Legislature passed the Michigan Farm Disaster Relief Program, which provided assistance to Michigan farmers having financial hardship due to significant weather-related crop losses.

Last week House Bill 5717 was introduced. The measure creates a similar program, aimed at providing relief to affected farmers in the form of low interest loans.

“As the senator representing a portion of Michigan’s lakeshore, where the agriculture industry helps to sustain the local economy, I thank those who have worked tirelessly to protect this industry,” said Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart. “It's critical that the state respond quickly to our fruit farmers, who have suffered great losses from this winter’s early thaw and freezes thereafter.”

Both the Michigan Senate and Gov. Snyder have urged President Barack Obama and the U.S. Agriculture secretary to declare Southwest Michigan and all of Michigan’s fruit-growing regions disaster areas in the wake of weather conditions that devastated fruit crops, particularly grape production.

“As the representative who covers a significant portion of our tart cherry production in the state, I am pleased to be the sponsor of HB 5717, which will offer growers and processors a lifeline to help weather this natural disaster. The bill creates a partnership between growers and processors, private lenders and the state to support our fruit-growing industry through this unprecedented loss of crop due to weather-related disaster,” said Rep. Ray Franz, R-Onekama. “The legislation provides an investment in maintaining the infrastructure that supports our unique fruit-growing areas of the state.”

Green, Hansen and Franz were joined by Sens. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, and John Proos, R-St. Joseph, and Reps. Kevin Daley, R-Lum, and Al Pscholka, R-Stevensville, at a Capitol press confrerence announcing the legislation.

HB 5717 has been referred to the House Agriculture Committee.

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Sen. Green to kick off the Lone Wolverine Tour in Sandusky

For Immediate Release
June 1, 2012

Contact: Ryan Mitchell
517-373-1777

***Media Advisory***

Sen. Green to kick off the Lone Wolverine Tour in Sandusky

Who:
State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville;
Jeff Ford, author of The Lone Wolverine;
Sanilac County Drain Commissioner, Greg Alexander;
Commissioner Jim Bowerman, chair of the Sanilac County Board of Commissioners; and
Douglas Reeves, assistant chief, DNR Wildlife Division.

What:
Lone Wolverine Tour

When:
Monday, June 4  
1 p.m.

Where:
Second Floor, Sanilac County Courthouse
60 W. Sanilac Ave.
Sandusky

Brief:
Sen. Mike Green will be joined by special guests in unveiling the traveling exhibit of Michigan’s last known wolverine.

The public will be able to view the display during the courthouse’s normal business hours until June 22, when the exhibit will be moved to Huron County for the second leg of her tour.

To contact Green, please visit www.statesenatormikegreen.com or call toll-free at 1-866-305-2131.

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Sen. Green announces bill to address disaster relief to Michigan’s fruit farmers

For Immediate Release
June 1, 2012

Contact: Ryan Mitchell
517-373-1777

***Media Advisory***

Sen. Green announces bill to address disaster relief to Michigan’s fruit farmers

Who:
State Sen. Mike Green;
State Reps. Kevin Daley, R-Lum; and
Ray Franz, R-Onekama.

What:
Press Conference

When:
Tuesday, June 5
9:15 a.m.

Where:
Michigan State Capitol, Room 405
Lansing

Brief:
Sen. Green will host a press conference to address legislation aimed at aiding Michigan’s fruit farmers who were devastated by this winter’s early thaw and subsequent frost damage.

Michigan’s estimated financial loss is around $223.5 million in farm gate value. Additional impact will be felt by the processing and agribusinesses up and down the value chain of the Michigan fruit and asparagus industries.

In 2002, the Michigan Legislature passed the Michigan Farm Disaster Relief Program. The purpose of the legislation was to provide assistance to Michigan farmers having financial hardship due to significant weather-related crops losses. The loans in 2002 were the assistance the farmers needed to get through a tough year and continue to push ahead to make Michigan a leader in agriculture.

The introduced legislation creates a similar program, aimed at providing relief to affected farmers in the form of low interest loans.

To contact Sen. Green, please visit www.statesenatormikegreen.com or call toll-free at 1-866-305-2131.

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