LANSING— Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, stands with a display of student artwork in his Lansing office. The art was submitted by students from Hampton Elementary in Bay City and St. John's Lutheran School in Port Hope. The art depicted Michigan agriculture, Michigan winters, lighthouses and Michigan summer activities.
LANSING—Legislation is on its way to the governor to reform the Groundwater Withdrawal Dispute Resolution Program, said Sens. John Moolenaar and Mike Green, both of whom supported the bill in the Senate.
“This is common sense legislation that improves a program that has already proven valuable for agricultural well users across Michigan in avoiding expensive court costs while allowing for a sharing of Michigan’s waters,” said Moolenaar, R-Midland. “Access to water is critical for agriculture, but as a ‘reasonable use’ state, Michigan ensures that all users have the right to a reasonable use of the water. The groundwater dispute resolution process is about protecting an equitable share of our water resources for everyone.”
Under the adopted Senate substitute for House Bill 4663 the program would be mandatory for agricultural wells, but optional for non-agricultural well owners. It includes an informal meeting with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development director that would be a last call for discussion and evidence before a dispute could be declared.
“I have long supported a dispute resolution program that uses sound science for resolving disagreements among well users and that is beneficial to everyone involved by avoiding costly court battles,” said Green, R-Mayville. “The bill places residential property owners on equal footing with agricultural users while providing ample opportunity for all parties to participate and present information prior to an order being issued.”
Green noted that other non-farm well users are given the option of participating, but the real focus of the reform is on agricultural-related disputes, which have long been a source of contention in some areas of the state.
The Senate reforms have the support of more than 15 groups, including the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Farm Bureau, Michigan Agribusiness Association, and Michigan Potato Growers Association.
The House concurred in the Senate changes to HB 4663 on Thursday, sending the bill to the governor to be signed into law.
Legislation that would require that flags placed on the graves of veterans in public cemeteries manufactured in the United States was introduced earlier this week.
Senate Bill 428 would require any Michigan municipality which chooses to mark the graves of veterans for memorial purposes to do so with flags and flag holders that were made in the United States as long as prices are competitive.
State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, was a co-sponsor of SB 428.
“Anyone who serves in the military is an American hero in my opinion,” said Green. “We can never fully repay our men and women in uniform for the sacrifices that they made. Marking the graves of Michigan veterans with flags made by Americans honors their sacrifice and dedication to preserving liberty and defending freedom.”
SB 428 was referred to the Senate Committee on Military and Veterans affairs.
Shortly after the Michigan Senate completed work on the state budget Wednesday, Sen. Mike Green announced a joint resolution to petition congress to call a constitutional convention to propose a balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution.
“Michigan has just completed another fiscally sound, balanced state budget. Regardless of which party is in power in the state, the budget is always balanced because the state constitution says it must be,” said Green, R-Mayville, during a speech on the Senate floor. “This provision serves the people of Michigan well and I believe it would serve this nation just as well.”
The balanced budget amendment would require that, like Michigan, Congress adopt a budget every fiscal year in which spending does not exceed revenues, with the only exception being during national emergencies. Once adopted by 2/3 of the fifty states and officially ratified, it would prohibit budget deficits and massive increases in the national debt, which have become routine in Washington, D.C. The amendment has already been adopted by at least 17 states.
Currently, the national debt is just under $17 trillion. That’s nearly $54,000 per person and just under $150,000 per taxpayer. By 2017, it is estimated the national debt will skyrocket to more than $22 trillion.
“Like two freight trains headed toward each other on the same track, uncontrolled spending and national debt will be devastating to our nation and its economy if we don’t put the brakes on both, as has been demonstrated time and again around the world,” Green said.
Green argued that since there was a vacuum of fiscal leadership in Washington, the states must take the reins by petitioning Congress to take action on an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that will force the nation’s leaders to do the job they were elected to do.
“At the federal level, congress and the president should be applying the same principles taught in high-school-level money management classes,” Green continued. “Prioritize your needs. Live within your means. Plan ahead. Balance your budget. It’s that simple.”
Officially designated as Senate Joint Resolution V, the measure has been referred to the Senate Government Operations Committee.
You can find a recording of Sen. Green’s speech on his website: www.StateSenatorMikeGreen.com.
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 24 at the Pere Marquette Depot, 1904 Room, 1000 Adams Street, Bay 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.
Sen. Mike Green announced that an impressive art collection from the Townsend North Elementary School students of art teacher Mrs. Johnson is now on display in his Capitol office.
“These fine works of art created by the talented students at Townsend North Elementary 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, district constituents and my fellow legislators.”
The art consists of works by students in Young Fives and Kindergarten from teacher Joni Johnson’s classes and will be displayed in the senator’s office through June. 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.
Scholarships to attend the Riley Wilderness Student Adventure this summer are now available for youths interested in exploring the outdoors, announced Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, on Monday.
Thanks to the generosity of the George F. Riley Foundation, Safari Club International (SCI) of Novi is providing 60 youth camp scholarships for kids who might not otherwise be able to enjoy a summer camp experience.
“There are too many children in Michigan that aren’t able to enjoy all the beautiful places this state has to offer,” said Green. “This scholarship program will be an amazing opportunity for some very deserving kids to learn hunting and fishing while having some great fun outdoors.
“SCI and the George F. Riley Foundation are to be commended for working to provide youth with outdoor experiences they might otherwise not have.”
To be eligible for the scholarship, the youth must meet one or more of the following criteria:
• Have very limited or no experience in hunting and the outdoors;
• Unable to afford the cost to attend a program of this nature;
• Lack an active mentor to expose them to outdoor activities; and
• Have not yet completed a Michigan Hunter Safety Certificate program.
There are currently two available camps:
Riley Wilderness Junior Overnight Camp (ages 9-11), July 21-26: Campers will learn survival, orienteering, archery, canoeing, shooting sports and fishing in a safe and positive environment.
Riley Wilderness Advanced Overnight Camp (ages 12-14), July 28- Aug. 2: Campers will develop their skills as big game hunters or upland bird hunters. Throughout the week they will work with experts in animal identification while learning valuable hunting techniques and strategies.
“These camps are excellent learning and recreational experiences that will positively impact these kids’ lives and create unforgettable memories,” Green said.
Interested individuals may apply at www.scinovi.com no later than June 18. Green encourages people to fill out applications as soon as possible as available spots fill quickly.