Green announces March office hours in Cass City

Green announces March office hours in Cass City

LANSING, Mich.—Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, announced that March 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 Friday, March 15 at the Rawson Memorial Library, Community Room, 6495 Pine Street, Cass City, from 9 until 11 a.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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Green announces March tele-town hall meeting

For Immediate Release
Feb. 22, 2013

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Green announces March tele-town hall meeting

LANSING, Mich.—Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, has announced that he will host a live telephone town hall meeting on Wednesday, March 6 at 7 p.m.

“The tele-town hall will be an excellent opportunity for folks in my district to participate in a discussion about important issues facing Michigan,” Green said. “I look forward to talking about these issues and listening to the views of those I represent in the Michigan Senate.”

Residents of the 31st Senate District who would like to take part can simply call toll free (855)-246-7045, Ext. 20952# at 7 p.m. that evening. The tele-town hall will last about an hour, but callers are welcome to join in for all or just part of the event as their schedule allows. During the call, they will have the opportunity to ask questions of the senator and provide input on a variety of survey topics.

For more information or to contact Green, 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 to hold town hall meeting on water levels

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Feb 21, 2013

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Green to hold town hall meeting on water levels

LANSING, Mich.— The low water levels of the Great Lakes and Saginaw Bay and their impact on the Bay and Thumb regions will be the focus of a March town hall meeting hosted by state Sen. Mike Green.

Green announced Thursday that he will host the meeting on March 18, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Davidson Room of the Double Tree Hotel in Bay City.

The event will include special guest Jon Allan, recently appointed director of the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes. Local officials, stakeholders and policy groups have also been invited to participate. It is open to the public at no cost and will include ample opportunity for questions and answers.

“Low water levels affect every Michigander and impact our natural resources, environment, quality of life and economy in substantial ways,” said Green, R-Mayville. “Michigan residents deserve solid answers on the cause and effect of these low lake levels and what we can do legislatively and locally to address the problem. There is no stronger advocate for the Great Lakes to headline this discussion than Jon Allan.”

On loan to the state from his position as executive director of environmental policy and intergovernmental affairs for Consumers Energy Company, Allan is a well-known leader on environmental and natural resources policy. He currently serves as Head of the Michigan delegation for the Great Lakes Commission and as a member of the Great Lakes Executive Committee for the Water Quality Agreement.

Allan’s previous leadership positions include being co-chair of the governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on State Parks and Recreation and of Michigan’s Water Conservation Advisory Council. He has also served as a member of the Michigan Climate Action Council, the Midwest Governor’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Accord Advisory Group and the Environmental Advisory Council for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

Green said that while debates over Great Lakes policy are not without controversy, he believes that the discussion will help lead to common sense solutions with bipartisan support.

“The Great Lakes and all of Michigan’s plentiful water resources are environmental and economic treasures that should be preserved for generations to come. I look forward to elevating the issue in the public arena and leading fundamental legislative action over the coming months,” Green said.

For more information or to RSVP for the town hall, 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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Legislators urge Magpul to relocate, bring jobs to Michigan

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Feb. 20, 2013       
                                                                                  
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Legislators urge Magpul to relocate, bring jobs to Michigan

LANSING-Mich.—Pro-gun-rights legislators have invited Magpul Industries Corp. to become a part of Michigan’s reinvention. Twelve senators signed a letter authored by Sen. Mike Green on Wednesday urging the company to consider Michigan for the relocation of its Boulder, Colorado operations.

The letter was spurred by gun control legislation moving through the Colorado General Assembly that directly affects Magpul products.

On Feb. 15, the Colorado General Assembly passed an amended version of House Bill 13-1224 that would prohibit the sale, transfer or possession of a magazine that holds more than 10 rounds, or more than five shotgun shells. In addition to restricting the ownership of those items, the bill would also heavily regulate the manufacturing or assembly of them.

“Michigan, through positive, relentless action and bold reforms, is open for business,” said Green, R-Mayville. “Our workers are second to none. In light of the Colorado Legislature’s recent aim at Second Amendment rights, we’re encouraging this great brand to bring their plants and jobs to Michigan.”

When ranked in late 2012, Michigan was named the 12th friendliest tax system in America. Additionally, the state has experienced a ten percent rise in home sales and the creation of at least 65,200 more jobs since the beginning of 2011.

Magpul Industries primarily manufactures firearm magazines and accessories for both the civilian and law enforcement markets. The company and its subcontractors directly employ nearly 1,000 people in Colorado. In recent full-page newspaper ads, Magpul leadership has indicated it would leave the state and take all those jobs with it should the proposed gun control bills become law.

“Our company (Magpul) could not, in good conscience, continue to manufacture our products in a state where law-abiding citizens are prohibited from purchasing and owning them,” founder, president and CEO of Magpul Industries Richard Fitzpatrick said in a statement.

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Green legislation to provide sales tax relief to veterans groups

For Immediate Release
Feb. 19, 2013

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Green legislation to provide sales tax relief to veterans groups

LANSING, Mich.—State Sen. Mike Green introduced a package of bills Tuesday to exempt veteran service organizations (VSOs) from charging or paying sales tax on fundraiser revenue.

Current state law provides an exemption to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations if their annual revenue is less than $5,000. VSOs do not qualify because they were originally chartered by Congress as 501(c)(19) entities.

Green’s legislation would make these veteran groups eligible for the exemption and increase the allowable sales threshold for all groups to $25,000. The threshold has not been updated since the 1990s.

“Michigan should recognize the critical role that local veterans groups fill in assisting our veterans by treating them in the tax code the same as we do other charitable causes,” said Green, R-Mayville. “Without these dedicated posts in our communities, so many veterans would fall through the cracks and that, to me, is unacceptable.”

VSOs include the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, and American Veterans, among others. Although VSOs provide extensive charitable and honorary services to active duty service members and local veterans, they are not offered the sales tax exemption.

Many local VSO posts are struggling financially due to declining membership, increased costs and tough economic times. While the legislation would have a negligible impact on the state budget, it could mean a lot for posts on the verge of closure.

“This small change may be just enough to help a post keep its doors open and continue helping their fellow soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines,” Green said.

During the 2011-12 legislative session, Green introduced a similar bill after a local veterans group in his district was subjected to the sales tax on proceeds raised during a fundraiser for a soldier severely wounded during combat operations in Afghanistan.

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Green introduces Pharmacy Tech licensing requirement

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Feb. 14, 2013
 
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Green introduces Pharmacy Tech licensing requirement

LANSING, Mich— Sen. Mike Green recently introduced legislation to establish a “Pharmacy Technician License” in Michigan to better safeguard the health and welfare of consumers.

Under current state law, any employee of a pharmacy or grocery or department store with a pharmacy could potentially be asked to access and dispense prescription drugs to customers, depending on company policy. Senate Bill 92 would instead require licensing of anyone allowed to assist a pharmacist in their duties. To be licensed, individuals would have to meet certain training, academic or work experience requirements.

“Unqualified people currently have access to a wide variety of potent prescription drugs that are rampantly abused on the streets,” said Green, R-Mayville. “This licensing requirement would bring Michigan up to the current standards adhered to by almost all states in the nation.”

Michigan is one of only five states in the country that do not have a statutory licensing requirement for pharmacy technicians. While full-time pharmacy employees can obtain a certification through the private Pharmacy Technician Certification Board, it is strictly voluntary and within the discretion of their employer, which results in countless employees working without certification or licensing. The bill would establish a license while grandfathering in current technicians.

“Accessing and dispensing these drugs carries with it a great amount of responsibility and the potential for severe implications to a customer if mistakes are made,” Green said.

“This bill provides the recognition that this highly skilled profession deserves, while guaranteeing that those employers not currently requiring certification will meet the same high standard being set by industry leaders.”

SB 92 was referred to the Senate Committee on Regulatory Reform. The Michigan Pharmacists Association supports the legislation.

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Green co-sponsors Religious Liberty and Conscience Protection Act

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Feb. 11, 2013

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Green co-sponsors Religious Liberty and Conscience Protection Act

LANSING, Mich. – Sen. Mike Green announced Monday that he has co-sponsored a bill to protect the religious freedom and conscience of Michigan residents in the areas of purchasing health insurance, providing medical care and performing scientific research.

Senate Bill 136, referred to as the Religious Liberty and Conscience Protection Act, would allow an individual or health care entity to assert a conscientious objection to conducting or paying for a specific health care service without fear of repercussion. Discrimination would be prohibited and appropriate safeguards would protect patients in emergency situations.
 
“Religious freedom played a major role in the history of our nation’s founding. The preservation of this freedom is critical to the United States remaining a strong and free society,” said Green, R-Mayville. “Whether we agree with another’s beliefs or not, the law must protect everyone’s right to adhere to their beliefs in their personal and professional lives.”

Under the bill, those who purchase or sell health insurance plans would not be forced to cover an objectionable service; health facilities that object to a certain service may refrain from providing that service; and employees of a health care provider may request reassignment to other duties if asked to perform or assist with a service that violates their religious convictions.

“The need for this bill is most clearly demonstrated by the federal government’s forcing employers and religious institutions to pay for insurance benefits that violate their core beliefs. It is a clear example of federal government overstepping its bounds under Obamacare,” Green said.

The bill is similar to efforts by some members of Congress to protect religious and conscientious objections to intrusive federal laws or bureaucratic rules, such as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regulation mandating contraceptive services. Under the Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare,” HHS has the authority to determine what is considered a mandatory “preventative service” and could later mandate abortion as a required service.

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Huron Community Fair Association receives grant

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Feb. 6, 2013
 
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Huron Community Fair Association receives grant

LANSING, Mich,—Sen. Mike Green announced Monday that the Huron Community Fair Association has been awarded a Capital Improvement Grant.

The grant program, offered by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, is designed to assist in the promotion of building improvements or other capital improvements on county fairgrounds within the state.

“The Huron County Fair is entering its 145th year as the center of agriculture competition and family-friendly entertainment,” said Green, R-Mayville. “These improvements will help continue that tradition for many years to come.

“As chair of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, I will work to ensure that this valuable grant program continues to remain available to county fairs throughout the district and the state.”

Capital improvements are costs related to making changes to improve capital assets, increase their useful life, or add to the value of these assets.

The Huron Community Fair Association, from Bad Axe, will receive $20,000, which is equal to the largest grant received in the program this year. The grant will be used to install recreational vehicle pedestals and related electrical work. Fairs will be required to provide a dollar-for-dollar cash match.           

In November, the association wrote and presented a compelling grant proposal to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development explaining why these improvements were essential and was chosen among dozens of applicants to receive this prestigious grant.

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**PHOTO ADVISORY**

For Immediate Release
Feb. 6, 2013
 
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**PHOTO ADVISORY**

Green’s office new home to student art

LANSING, Mich.—Sen. Mike Green’s office is the new home to an impressive art collection from the students of St. John the Evangelist Catholic School in Essexville and Juniata Christian School in Vassar.

“The art work from the students of both Ms. Woys’ and Mr. Libka’s classes will impress visitors to my Capitol office,” said Green, R-Mayville. “I’m grateful for their hard work and proud to show off their talent to state leaders, constituents and my fellow legislators.”

The art consists of works from students in kindergarten through 5th grades at St. John’s and students in the 3rd and 4th grades at Juniata. The collection will be displayed in the senator’s office during the month of February. Green invites anyone who would like to view the pieces to stop by and take a look.

Any school or teacher in the 31st Senate District interested in submitting student art for display may contact Green’s office toll free at (886) 305-2131 or by visiting his website at www.statesenatormikegreen.com.

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

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Green introduces digital proof of insurance measure

For Immediate Release
Feb. 5, 2013
 
Contact: Ryan Mitchell
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Green introduces digital proof of insurance measure

LANSING, Mich.— “License and registration, please.” That phrase is familiar to any driver who’s been pulled over by law enforcement for a traffic violation. Legislation introduced recently by Sen. Mike Green could make that experience go a little smoother for some drivers.

Green introduced Senate Bill 91 to require law enforcement to accept digital versions of a proof of insurance as meeting the state’s requirement for drivers to show evidence that their vehicle is insured. The bill would allow a driver to display the digital version to an officer on an electronic device, such as a smartphone, laptop or tablet device.

“We live in an electronic age,” said Green, R-Mayville. “This measure is just one small step to bring government up to speed with the times and technology we live in for the convenience of Michigan drivers.”

Current law does not specify that the certificate has to be printed, but that is the only accepted format in practice. By modernizing the law to reflect advances in technology, SB 91 would ensure that drivers who do not have a printed certificate but do have access to a digital version are not unnecessarily ticketed and fined for a violation, when their vehicle is properly insured.

“It seems like such a minor issue, but when multiplied by the number of drivers who travel in our state, the time and cost savings could be substantial and the environmental impact of printed documents could be greatly reduced,” Green said.

“Digital proofs of insurance are right in line with paperless billing and e-filing of taxes that are in common use today. It’s a streamlining step that could be applied in many areas of government to the benefit of taxpayers.”

SB 91 has been referred to the Senate Transportation Committee for consideration.

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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