Green announces April office hours in Bay City

For Immediate Release
March 28, 2013

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Green announces April office hours in Bay City

LANSING, Mich.—Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, announced that April 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, April 12 at the Pere Marquette Depot, 1000 Adams Street, Bay City, from 11 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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State would fund bascule bridges under Green legislation

For Immediate Release
March 20, 2013

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State would fund bascule bridges under Green legislation

LANSING, Mich. ― Sen. Mike Green introduced a bill on Tuesday that would establish a permanent state fund for the operations of all publicly owned bascule- or movable- bridges in Michigan.

“Michigan waterways are critical to driving economic growth and tourism in this region and throughout the entire state,” said Green, R–Mayville. “Bay City’s bascule bridges allow commercial shippers and recreational boaters to move through our waterways.

“Because that brings business and jobs to all of Michigan, I believe it’s important that the state accept responsibility for their maintenance and operation.”

During the 2012-2013 fiscal year, Green secured $500,000 in state funding from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) for the Liberty and Independence Bridges, two of the four bascule bridges located on the Saginaw River in Bay City. The other two movable bridges on the river, Veteran’s Memorial and Lafayette, are located on state trunk lines and already receive state funding.

Green’s legislation, Senate Bill 281, would make the funding permanent. The bill would combine 12 local and 12 state trunk-line movable bridges under one statewide operational contract to be managed by MDOT.

Green’s measure would allow local governments to focus their limited resources on local infrastructure projects.

“The state already maintains Lafayette and Veterans, so it makes sense that all related waterway bridges should be streamlined into a single program, saving taxpayer dollars overall and freeing up local dollars for local street and infrastructure projects,” Green said.

SB 281 has been referred to the Senate Transportation Committee.

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Pinconning Central student art on display in Lansing

LANSING, Mich.—Sen. Mike Green’s office is the new home to an impressive art collection from the students of Pinconning Central Elementary.

“These great pieces of art produced by the talented students at Pinconning Central have impressed visitors to my Capitol office,” said Green, R-Mayville. “I’m grateful for their hard work and proud to show off their skill to state leaders, district constituents and my fellow legislators.”

The art consists of works by the students of first-grade teachers Urbanik, Salgat, and Johnstone of Pinconning Central and has been on display in the senator’s office since the beginning of March.

Showcasing student art is part of Green's "Kids of the 31st!" program which positively highlights school age kids from throughout his district. Educators interested in submitting artwork for display or recognizing student achievement may contact his office by calling 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.

 

Monday town hall meeting to focus on water levels

For Immediate Release                                                                                 
March 13, 2013

Contact: Ryan Mitchell
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Monday town hall meeting to focus on water levels

LANSING, Mich.— The low water levels of the Great Lakes and the Saginaw Bay and their impact on the region will be the focus of a March 18 town hall meeting hosted by state Sen. Mike Green. The town hall is open to the public and will take place this Monday at 6 p.m. in the Davidson Room of the Bay City DoubleTree Hotel, 1 Wenonah Park Place, Bay City.

“Low water levels affect all of us, our natural resources, the economy and our way of life,” said Green, R-Mayville. “The causes and effects of these low water levels and ways to responsibly deal with them are the focus of the town hall with Jon W. Allan, one of the strongest advocates for the Great Lakes in the country.”

Jon W. Allan was recently appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to head the Michigan office of the Great Lakes as its director. Allan is a well-known leader on environmental and natural resources policy. He currently also 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.

“The state recognizes that low Great Lakes levels could critically impact the health, safety and well-being of Michigan residents and visitors. I look forward to sharing information about what has contributed to the problem, discussing the state’s plans to address the issue and answering questions,” said Allan.

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

“The Great Lakes and all of Michigan’s plentiful water resources are environmental and economic treasures that should be preserved for generations to come. We’ve already made some legislative progress and I’m confident there are more solutions we can take a look at,” Green said.

For more information, 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 signs ‘Crime Victims’ Right to Know’ legislation

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March 13, 2013                                                                       

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Governor signs ‘Crime Victims’ Right to Know’ legislation

LANSING, Mich.‒ Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday hosted a ceremonial signing of a crime victim's rights bill sponsored by Sen. Mike Green.

Public Act 564 of 2012 (Senate Bill 1211), known as “Crime Victims’ Right to Know” legislation, expanded the rights of crime victims by allowing them to present exhibits when testifying at parole or commutation hearings, which would enable them to more effectively portray the impact of the crime on their lives.

Green, R-Mayville (second from right), was accompanied at the bill signing by (from left) John Lazet, director of crime victim advocacy at the attorney general’s office; Blake Hoffard; Blake’s mother Wendy Hoffard, Bay County crime victims’ rights advocate; Gov. Snyder; Alan Cropsey, former senator and legislative liaison to Attorney General Bill Schuette; and Cindy Howell Bay County crime victims’ rights advocate.

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Green welcomes Lone Wolverine exhibit to the Capitol

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March 12, 2013
 
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Green welcomes Lone Wolverine exhibit to the Capitol

LANSING, Mich.— Sen. Mike Green was accompanied by colleagues and natural resource experts in unveiling “The Lone Wolverine” traveling exhibit to the Capitol on Tuesday.

Green was joined in the ground floor rotunda of the Capitol. by special guests Sen. Phil Pavlov, Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Director Keith Creagh and Jeff Ford “The Wolverine Man.”

“I am thrilled that my colleagues as well as all visitors to the Capitol get to check out this amazing creature,” said Green, R-Mayville. “It is proper that the last known wolverine in Michigan go on display at the Capitol.”

Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, introduced Director Creagh, highlighting the director's experience as an Eagle Scout and as an avid outdoorsman. Green then added how the idea for a traveling exhibit originated from Huron County commissioner Clark Elftman and how he worked with the DNR on turning the idea into reality.

Jeff Ford described how he tracked and documented the wolverine in photos and video during its life in the Thumb.

The exhibit showcases Michigan’s last known wolverine. For more than 200 years, the last verified sighting of a wolverine in Michigan was commonly believed to be by fur traders around the turn of the 18th century. That all changed in February 2004 when the exhibited wolverine was discovered by a group of coyote hunters in Huron County.

Television and newspapers were in attendance at the event, as were school children from around Michigan.

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Sen. Green issues statement on ‘little green army men’ cupcake controversy

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March 12, 2013       
                                                                                  
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Sen. Green issues statement on ‘little green army men’ cupcake controversy

 
LANSING, Mich.—Sen. Mike Green issued a statement on the Senate floor today regarding the toy soldier cupcake controversy originating in his home county.

His remarks were in support of a third-grade student in his district who brought cupcakes topped with World-War-II-style “little green army men” to his classroom on the occasion of his ninth birthday. The cupcakes sparked a nationwide controversy when the school district required that the toy soldiers be removed before being served due to their depiction of a firearm. The school principal called the inclusion of the little green army men on the cupcakes “inappropriate” and “insensitive” in the wake of recent school violence.

Green, R-Mayville, invited the student’s parents, Casey and Angela Fountain, to the state Capitol Tuesday to share their cupcakes with senators and staff. In his speech, he explained the controversy and called for reason and common sense in place of excessive political correctness.

“The actions of the elementary school in banning this nine-year-old’s birthday treat are truly outrageous. Genuine acts of honor towards our men and women in uniform, past and present, should not be censored.”

A video of Sen. Green’s remarks is available at his website, www.StateSenatorMikeGreen.com. Green represents the 31st District, which includes Arenac, Bay, Huron, Sanilac and Tuscola counties.

Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville (left), with Casey and Angela Fountain, parents of the third-grader who brought in the cupcakes for his ninth birthday.\

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***Media Advisory***

For Immediate Release
March 11, 2013
 
Contact: Ryan Mitchell
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***Media Advisory***

Lone Wolverine Exhibit to visit the Capitol

Who:
Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville;
Jeff Ford “The Wolverine Man”;
Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Shores;
DNR Director Keith Creagh; and
The general public
 
What:
The Lone Wolverine Exhibit visits the Capitol.
 
When:
Tuesday, March 12
9:30 a.m.

Where:
Rotunda
Ground floor, Michigan Capitol
Lansing

Brief:
On March 12, Sen. Mike Green will be joined by special guests Sen. Phil Pavlov, Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Director Keith Creagh and Jeff Ford “The Wolverine Man” in unveiling “The Lone Wolverine” traveling exhibit to Michigan legislators, staff and visitors, at 9:30 a.m. in the ground floor rotunda of the Capitol.

The exhibit showcases Michigan’s last known wolverine. For more than 200 years, the last verified sighting of a wolverine in Michigan was commonly believed to be by fur traders around the turn of the 18th century. That all changed in February 2004 when the exhibited wolverine was discovered by a group of coyote hunters in Huron County.

For more information regarding the unveiling, visit www.statesenatormikegreen.com or call Green’s office at (517) 373-1777. The 31st Senate District includes Arenac, Bay, Huron, Sanilac and Tuscola counties.

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Senate passes bill with Green amendment to expedite emergency dredging

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March 7, 2013       
                                                                                  
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Senate passes bill with Green amendment to expedite emergency dredging

LANSING, Mich.— An amendment sponsored by Sen. Mike Green to finance dredging around the state was approved Wednesday by the Senate Appropriations Committee.

The amendment to Senate Bill 233 will implement Governor Rick Snyder’s recommendation for $21 million for emergency dredging projects by appropriating both waterways funds ($9.4 million) and general funds ($11.5 million).

“Michigan’s ports, harbors and waterways are in dire need of these improvements as a result of historically low water levels in the Great Lakes,” said Green, R-Mayville. “This measure will ensure that appropriate funding is available around the state.”

Green’s amendment also will bill the federal government for dredging projects at sites where the federal government has the current federal obligation to conduct dredging activities.

“The federal government has turned its back on dredging projects that clearly are federal responsibilities by not releasing federal funds that have been collected from the marine industry specifically for dredging in the basin,” Green said.

SB 233 was voted out of the Senate Thursday and will now head to the House for further consideration.

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