Green announces June office hours in Vassar

LANSING—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 30 at the Vassar Municipal Building, 287 East Huron Ave., from 11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The meeting will take place in the City Council Room on the main floor.

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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Governor joins state lawmakers at Michigan Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus Breakfast

LANSING-State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, Senate co-chair of the Michigan Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus (MLSC), was joined by House co-chair Rep. Jon Bumstead, R-Newaygo, in welcoming Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday morning to speak to caucus legislators and supporters.

Snyder, a member of the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus, spoke about the importance of sportsmen and women to Michigan’s environment, wildlife management programs and economy. He also emphasized the abundance of outdoor opportunities throughout the state and recognized the vital contribution of Department of Natural Resources conservation officers.

MLSC is a bipartisan group of 88 legislators dedicated to protecting the rights of hunters, anglers and trappers and to preserving Michigan’s strong outdoor legacy. Green has served as co-chair of the caucus since 2011.

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Green legislation reforming CPL process passes Senate

LANSING, Mich.—The Michigan Senate on Tuesday passed a comprehensive overhaul of the state’s concealed pistol license (CPL) system by a vote of 24-13, announced state Sen. Mike Green, sponsor of the legislation.

“Michigan residents currently pay one of the highest CPL fees in the nation, yet they must deal with inconsistent requirements from county to county and experience some of the country’s longest delays,” said Green, R-Mayville.

“The reason is simple: Michigan is still operating on a system created in 1927 with county gun boards. In an era of modern technology and electronic records systems, we can do it better, more cost-effectively and more efficiently, saving taxpayer dollars and delivering folks more value for their hard-earned dollars while protecting public safety.”

Senate Bill 789 will make the CPL process more efficient by eliminating the county concealed weapons licensing boards. Michigan is the only “shall issue” state in the nation that still uses these boards.

County clerks would continue to accept applications and issue approved licenses if the applicant is qualified based on extensive background checks. The responsibility for conducting those checks would be moved from county sheriffs to the Department of State Police in an effort to reduce the cost burden on county departments and focus deputies on public safety, not bureaucratic tasks. The state police would have no authority whether a license was issued or not.

The legislation establishes a clear and enforceable 45 day time limit from the date fingerprints are taken. The current deadline is widely viewed as unenforceable. If the clerk fails to issue a license in that timeframe, the applicant would use a receipt and their driver’s license as a temporary CPL. Existing licensees in good standing would experience no lapse if they apply before the expiration date of their current license.

The bill also requires approved licenses to be mailed, renewal notices to be sent and reduces the renewal fee from $105 to $90.

“These reforms will free up local law enforcement resources from bureaucratic tasks to focus on public safety in our local communities,” Green stated. “More importantly, it will create a true ‘shall issue’ CPL system for law-abiding citizens while keeping licenses out of the hands of bad guys.”

SB 789 is supported by the National Rifle Association and the Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners. It now moves to the House for consideration.

 

Green: Taxpayers aren’t responsible for Detroit

LANSING-In response to a plan that passed the Senate today that would bail out Detroit using taxpayer dollars, Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, issued the following statement:

“I voted against this legislation because Michigan taxpayers should not have to foot the bill for decades of corruption and mismanagement in Detroit while local communities in my district struggle to balance the books and provide basic services. Most communities in the state are fiscally responsible, make sound decisions and live within their means, yet this bailout is rewarding the exact opposite.

“There are many more steps that Detroit can take to assume responsibility for its situation and move forward to its best and brightest days yet—steps that everyone knows are missing from this bailout plan. I agree that a strong Detroit makes Michigan stronger, and I applaud the new leadership in Detroit for tackling the challenging task of turning the Motor City around.

But that does not justify giving away hundreds of millions of our state tax dollars to one community. It is poor public policy and sets a bad precedent. When legislators are discussing possible gas tax increases to fix our roads, they shouldn’t at the same time be spending nearly $200 million to bail out a city that created its own mess.”