Green co-sponsors bill prohibiting wood heater regulations

For Immediate Release                                                                       Contact: Ryan Mitchell
April 25, 2014                                                                                     517-373-1777

LANSING—Legislation that would prohibit the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) from regulating emissions from word-burning stoves has been introduced in the Michigan Senate.

Senate Bill 910 amends the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act to prohibit the DEQ from creating state rules or enforcing federal rules that regulate emissions from wood heaters. The legislation was co-sponsored by Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville.

“After this winter’s propane shortage, more and more Michigan families are relying on wood burners to heat their homes. This legislation will help protect them from unnecessary and overreaching government regulations.”

Recently, the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed regulations on new wood stoves that would severely impact manufacturers, small businesses and consumers who heat their homes with wood. More than 100,000 homes in Michigan and nearly 2.5 million across the country rely on wood stoves to provide heat.

“The EPA’s actions are unacceptable, particularly following a harsh winter,” Green commented. “Their proposed rules are based on politics, not science. This bill recognizes that and is a significant step toward keeping government regulators out of our living rooms and backyards.”

SB 910 has been referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, Environment and Great Lakes, of which Green is a member.

 

Sen. Green to host human trafficking seminar

LANSING— State Sen. Mike Greenhasannounced that he will be hosting a May 1st seminar to raise awareness of the problem of human trafficking and current legislative initiatives to combat it.

“Human trafficking is the second-largest and fastest-growing criminal industry in the world – and it’s happening right here in Michigan,” said Green, R-Mayville. “Our border with Canada increases the likelihood of trafficking in our state. In fact, it is estimated that in Michigan hundreds of girls under the age of 18 are sold into the world of sex trafficking every year. This isn’t only about ending this slavery overseas; it’s about freeing young girls and boys in Michigan hometowns like Grand Rapids, Detroit and Port Huron.”

State Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, will be the featured presenter. Emmons has been the leader of legislative efforts to address human trafficking in Michigan. The free seminar will be held on Thursday, May 1, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Alice and Jack Wirt Library, 500 Center Avenue, Bay City. No RSVP is required.

A bipartisan package led by Emmons and that includes Green as a sponsor is working its way through the Legislature to give law enforcement more tools to investigate instances of human trafficking and grant more rights to trafficking victims.  The legislation would also provide safe harbor for victims, eliminate the statute of limitations for trafficking offenses, allow victims to sue their captors and enable a prosecutor to utilize wiretapping while building a criminal case.

“The only chance we have to ending human trafficking in Michigan is if everyone — from law enforcement officials to concerned neighbors — understands the problem and what they can do,” Green said. “Sen. Emmons will give a powerful presentation on human trafficking, its victims, the problem in Michigan and the tools available to everyday folks to help end it.”

“I encourage parents, educators, clergy, social workers, students, law enforcement and anyone else who is interested in the issue to attend.”

For more information on the seminar, please visit www.statesenatormikegreen.com or call Green’s office toll free at (866) 305-2131.

 

 

Sen. Green to host Thumb senior citizen identity theft seminar

LANSING— Nationwide, as many as five million seniors become victims of financial abuse each year, crimes that often include identity theft and fraud. To help area residents protect themselves, state Sen. Mike Green and Attorney General Bill Schuette’s Senior Brigade are hosting a senior citizen identity theft seminar on Friday, May 9, in Cass City.

“Identity theft is a constant threat to everyone, especially senior citizens,” said Green, R-Mayville. “This seminar will provide them with information on preventative steps that can be taken to avoid becoming a victim and how to minimize the impact on your life when you’ve been targeted.”

Green said that identity theft occurs when someone uses an individual’s name, Social Security number, credit card number or any other personal identifying information to commit fraud. The culprit could tamper with someone’s finances, open credit accounts, get a driver’s license or rent an apartment in the victim’s name.

“The sky is the limit once someone steals your identity,” Green said. “They can do something as simple as opening up a line of credit or something as complicated as declaring bankruptcy, using someone else’s name to launder money or commit other crimes – all in your name.”

The seminar will take place on Friday, May 9, at the Rawson Memorial Library, 6495 Pine St, Cass City, from 2:00 -3:00 p.m. RSVP’s are not required and there is no cost to attend.

The event in Cass City will include presentations by representatives of Attorney General Bill Schuette and Chanda Booms, senior vice president and bank Secrecy act officer at Signature Bank. Booms will be talking about how banks experience the growing problem involving their customers and what financial institutions do to help prevent ID theft.

More information is available by contacting Green’s office at (866) 305-2131 or via his website at www.StateSenatorMikeGreen.com.

 

Senator Mike Green named 2013 ‘Legislator of the Year’ by Michigan Agri-Business Association

BAY CITY – The Michigan Agri-Business Association (MABA) has awarded its ‘Legislator of the Year’ honor to Senator Mike Green, who represents Michigan’s 31st Senate District and serves as Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee.  MABA presented the award Friday at a Bay City meeting focused on rail and water transportation for agriculture.

“Sen. Green has really set himself apart in Lansing as someone who’s willing to lead on tough issues,” said Jim Byrum, president of MABA. “There’s no shortage of challenges facing the state, and our farmers and agribusinesses need folks in Lansing who are willing to find common-sense solutions to complex problems.”

Byrum noted the importance agriculture plays in Green’s district, where production of corn, wheat, soybeans, dry beans, sugar beets and a range of other crops plays a critical role in economic growth. He said Green’s interest and engagement on agriculture issues, and his efforts to listen to the agriculture community, were key in the decision to honor him as Legislator of the Year.

“Sen. Green has truly stepped up for agriculture, he’s always willing to come to the table, and we’re glad to have him looking out for Michigan’s farmers and agribusinesses,” said Byrum. “We look forward to partnering with Sen. Green to continue growing agriculture in the Saginaw Bay area and Thumb into the future.”

Sen. Mike Green, Michigan agribusiness leaders focus on transportation issues facing agriculture

BAY CITY – While agriculture continues to expand across Michigan, farmers and agribusinesses depend more than ever on a reliable, dependable transportation network for supplies and to ship products around the world.  This morning, Senate Agriculture Appropriations Chairman Mike Green andMichigan Agri-Business Association (MABA) President Jim Byrum convened a special meeting of area agriculture leaders, as well as state and federal government officials, to discuss rail and water transportation issues.

“Michigan agriculture is leading our nation forward, and we absolutely need a transportation system we can count on,” said Green. “Rail and water transportation are especially important for the Thumb and Saginaw Bay area. By expanding and improving these important transportation options, we can help agriculture continue to grow, boost our economy and create good jobs in the long term.”

Green emphasized the value rail and water transportation provide to Michigan’s Bay and Thumb. More than 50 percent of corn, 80 percent of soybeans and 40 percent of wheat produced in the region reach their destinations by rail every year, and one rail hopper transports more than two truckloads of grain, reducing transportation costs by an estimated $.50 per bushel.

Green and MABA also released a new fact sheet this morningfurther detailing the benefits of reliable transportation for the region’s agriculture sector.

“Discussing these issues today is important for the future of Michigan agriculture,” Green said. “A modern, reliable rail infrastructure system is going to mean a better bottom line for farmers and rural businesses.”

Byrum noted that with an aging road system, the late thaw will hamper spring planting this year. 

“Circumstances are unique every year, but producers and agribusinesses will always have a need to get products from Point A to Point B,” said Byrum. “Access to modern rail and water transportation networks will only be more important in the coming years as we continue expanding production. These tools aren’t just key for shipping grain and other products out of Michigan; agribusinesses count on rail and water to get inputs like fertilizer and feed ingredients to the state.”

Following his morning remarks, Green was awarded MABA’s “Legislator of the Year” honor. Byrum highlighted Green’s interest and engagement on agriculture issues, and his efforts to listen to the agriculture community, as key in the decision to honor him as Legislator of the Year.

Throughout the day, agriculture leaders were scheduled to visit with experts on a wide range of issues impacting rail and water transportation for agriculture. These include challenges to rail transport posed during the 2013-14 winter, potential rail service expansion to Port Huron, Great Lakes water quality issues and an update on future port dredging.

In addition to transportation issues specific to Michigan’s Thumb and Saginaw Bay area, leaders from the United States Coast Guard were scheduled to provide an update on efforts to open ports along the eastern shore of Lake Michigan to expanded barge traffic. MABA has called for the Coast Guard to update its rules for barge traffic in order to ensure a fair, modern system for water transportation services across Western Michigan.

Sen. Green announces April office hours in Thumb with Sen. Pavlov

LANSING—Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, announced that he will host April office hours in Huron and Sanilac Counties with special guest Sen. Phil Pavlov, R – St. Clair Township.

“I am pleased to be able to meet with my constituents throughout the district during regular office hours,” Green said. “These informal meetings are an excellent opportunity for folks to share their concerns with me on state issues and state government.”

“This series of office hours will also provide residents of the Thumb with an opportunity to meet Sen. Phil Pavlov, one of Michigan’s leaders on education, natural resources and transportation issues.”

The next scheduled hours will be on Monday, April 14 at the following locations:

Sandusky City Hall, 26 West Speaker St., 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m

Monday, April 14 at Bad Axe City Hall, 300 East Huron Ave.,1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m.

For more information or to contact Green, please visit www.statesenatormikegreen.comor call toll-free at 1-866-305-2131. The 31st Senate district includes the counties of Arenac, Bay, Huron, Sanilac and Tuscola.