October 13-20 declared as ‘Cooperative Week’

For Immediate Release
Oct. 5, 2012

Contact: Ryan Mitchell
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October 13-20 declared as ‘Cooperative Week’

LANSING, Mich.—The state Senate declared October 13-20, 2012, as “Cooperative Week” in Michigan, after adopting an official resolution introduced by state Sen. Mike Green.

“Today, we recognize cooperatives around the state and the nation,” said Green, R-Mayville. “Cooperatives are member-owned businesses that are critical to the agriculture industry and to our economy, having created millions of jobs for folks throughout the country and strengthening their local communities.”

According to the resolution, there are more than 29,000 cooperatives in the United States that generate more than 2 million jobs and annual sales of $652 billion. In addition to their commercial function, a core component of cooperatives’ mission is to play a key role in the areas they are located.

“It is fitting as harvest season winds down that we recognize cooperatives and their members. I’m pleased that the Michigan Senate has declared this coming week in their honor,” Green said.

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October 7 to be considered ‘Lions Day’ in Michigan

For Immediate Release
Oct. 3, 2012
 
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October 7 to be considered ‘Lions Day’ in Michigan

LANSING, Mich.— The Michigan Senate has adopted a resolution by Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, declaring Oct. 7, 2012 Lions day in the state.

Senate Resolution 0176 recognizes the history of Lions Clubs and the contributions of its members.

According to the declaration, Michigan is home to more than 12,000 Lions members, both men and women, in more than 500 clubs. Around the globe, there are more than 1.35 million members in 46,000 clubs, making them the world’s largest service club organization.

“Lions Clubs and their members have, for 95 years, dedicated themselves to assisting the visually impaired access the aid and the services they need to enjoy a quality lifestyle,” said Green, himself a Lion. “But their mission goes beyond this and extends into uplifting entire communities.”

Lions Clubs were founded in 1917. Their guiding philosophy was most significantly shaped in 1925 after Helen Keller addressed the Lions Clubs International Convention in Cedar Point, Ohio, and challenged Lions to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.”

Since that speech, their primary focus has been to serve the blind and the visually impaired.

Their support also includes underprivileged kids, senior citizens, and many more. In Michigan, the four key state projects include Leader Dogs for the Blind, Michigan Eye Bank, Bear Lake Camp, and Lions of Michigan Foundation.  

“Lions are empowered to serve their communities and meet the unique needs of each community,” Green said. “Because of Lions and other devoted service clubs, we live in a better world.”

SR 0176 was sent to the Lions of Michigan Council of Governors and the Lions of Michigan State Office.

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Green amendment reinstates groundwater dispute program funding

For Immediate Release
Oct. 2, 2012
 
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Green amendment reinstates groundwater dispute program funding

LANSING, Mich.—A groundwater dispute resolution program designed to mediate arguments over water usage between small-capacity well owners and large water consumers may soon be reinstated.

Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, added an amendment funding the program to House Bill 5400, a supplemental appropriations bill recently passed by the legislature and signed by the governor.

“After the drought conditions of this summer and the resulting conflicts between residents and farmers in my district over water usage, it became clear that this program not only worked, it was desperately needed,” Green said. “The program consistently kept these disputes out of court, saving taxpayer dollars and freeing limited court resources to focus on other priority cases. The program paid for itself.

“Because agriculture and agri-businesses are critical to Michigan’s economy, crop irrigation is absolutely necessary. At the same time, nearby residents should have access to clean, running water from their wells. This year’s water conditions affected farmers and residents alike, and the dispute resolution program helps find the appropriate balance.”

The Groundwater Dispute Resolution Program was passed into law in 2003, but it was later repealed in 2009 as a result of budget constraints. The program allows small-capacity well owners to file a complaint with the Michigan Department of Agriculture if they believe their wells are drawing low water levels due to the activities of a nearby large-capacity well used in agriculture.

The department can then conduct an investigation and attempt to equitably resolve the disagreement. A last resort solution, under limited circumstances, allows for water withdrawal limits or expense reimbursements between parties to be set if the dispute cannot be resolved otherwise. Any party may contest such a determination through circuit court. From 2003 to 2009, no mediated complaints ever rose to this level and all cases were settled through discussion.

While Green’s amendment funds the program, it still must be re-established under state law. SB 1008, sponsored by Sen. John Moolenaar, would do just that, and is currently making its way through the legislative process. Green said he expects SB 1008 to pass before the end of this legislative session.

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Green announces October office hours in Cass City

For Immediate Release
Oct. 2, 2012

Contact: Ryan Mitchell
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Green announces October office hours in Cass City

LANSING, Mich.—Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, announced that October 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, October 15 at the Cass City Municipal Building, 6506 Main Street, M-81, Cass City, 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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