In this issue:

  • Bay City town hall continues focus on Protecting Our Great Lakes
  • Senate holds hearing on "lift bridge" funding legislation
  • Out-of-state businesses should pay their fair share
  • "Pink Ribbon" plate now on sale
  • New law toughens penalties for repeat drunk driving
  • New law allows volunteering as payment for Driver Responsibility Fees
  • Governor signs pharmacy technician licensure into law
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Bay City town hall continues focus on Protecting Our Great Lakes

Please join me for a public town hall on Monday, Oct. 6 in Bay City to discuss a Canadian proposal to bury 7 million cubic feet of radioactive waste in Kincardine, Ontario, less than a mile from the shores of Lake Huron. The project is located directly across the lake from residents of the Bay and Thumb regions.

Monday, Oct. 6
6:30 to 8 p.m.
Pere Marquette Depot, 1904 Room
1000 Adams St.
Bay City, MI 48708

The event is a continuation of a series of meetings around the state that have focused on efforts within Michigan and Canada to relocate the project. I am pleased to announce that the bipartisan discussion panel will include Sen. Phil Pavlov, Bay City Mayor Chris Shannon, Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe Chief Steve Pego, Bay County Commissioner Vaughn Begick, Bay County Commissioner and Save Our Shores President Ernie Krygier, John Roszatycki of the Kawkawlin River Watershed Association, and Lisa Valentine of Lindy's Sales and Marina and Gateway Sportsmen's Club.

No RSVP is required. For more information, feel free to email or call my office.

 
 
 

Senate holds hearing on "lift bridge" funding legislation

Lift Bridge funding committee meeting

The Senate Transportation Committee recently held a hearing on Senate Bill 281, legislation I sponsored to establish the "Moveable Bridge Fund" to fund the operational costs of all publicly-owned moveable bridges in the state.

There are currently 22 moveable bridges across the state, with nearly half being locally owned and the remainder being owned by MDOT. Under current law, the cost for operating and maintaining these movable bridges is the full responsibility of their owners; however, municipalities do not receive any additional funding above the amount for a standard stretch of road. Bay City has four such bridges, two owned by the state and two by the city.

SB 281 would amend the law to cover the operational costs. If passed in its current form, the legislation is estimated to save Bay City hundreds of thousands of dollars. I was honored to testify on my legislation at this hearing and was joined in testifying by Bay City Commissioner Lynn Stamiris and State Rep. Charles Brunner, D-Bay City.

Bay City's bridges benefit the entire region and state. By consolidating the operating costs of all these bridges, we will actually save taxpayer dollars and free up local funds for local streets and roads.

 
 
 

Out-of-state businesses should pay their fair share

The Legislature recently took action to make sure out-of-state companies pay their fair share in taxes-just like Michigan companies.

Public Act 282 of 2014 clarifies the original intent of Michigan's corporate tax law to correct a loophole that would have given some non-Michigan-based multi-state companies a lower tax liability and an unfair competitive advantage. Clearly, out-of-state corporations shouldn't benefit from a more favorable tax treatment than our own Michigan businesses.

 
 
 

"Pink Ribbon" plate now on sale

Pink Ribbon PlateBreast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among Michigan women. As October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I want to help get the word out that motorists have the opportunity to purchase Michigan's newest license plate-the Breast Cancer Awareness plate.

The plate features the Pink Ribbon logo and the message: "Early Detection Saves Lives." Proceeds from sales of the specialty plate will help support a state program that offers breast and cervical cancer screening for low-income women.

Find more information, including details on how to order the plate, at www.michigan.gov/sos.

 
 
 

New law toughens penalties for repeat drunk driving

According to the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) organization, one-third of all drivers arrested or convicted of drunk driving are repeat offenders. I voted for a new law that takes effect this month to better protect Michigan families and motorists by helping take "super drunk" drivers off the road.

The law increases the criminal penalties, including prison time, for drivers causing death or serious injury while having a blood alcohol content of .17 or higher within seven years of a prior conviction. PA 219 of 2014 gives law enforcement another important tool to help keep our streets safer.

 
 
 

New law allows volunteering as payment for Driver Responsibility Fees

In June 2014, I supported legislation signed into law lessening and phasing out Driver Responsibility Fees (DRF's), punitive fees assessed above and beyond standard traffic fines.

Drivers with certain outstanding DRF's may now have the opportunity to pay those fines through volunteering and community service under legislation I supported which was recently signed into law.

Public Act 283 of 2014 allows residents to settle payment for each violation with 10 hours of community service. The Department of Treasury, which administers the program, will begin accepting applications for the program in January 2015.

 
 
 

Governor signs pharmacy technician licensure into law

Pharmacy technicians will be a licensed occupation in Michigan following Gov. Snyder's signature of Senate Bill 92, legislation I sponsored with the support of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

Until now, Michigan was one of only six states that did not require employees with access to large quantities of prescription drugs and narcotics to be certified or licensed pharmacy technicians.

Pharmacy technicians are responsible for a variety of functions depending on the pharmacy that employs them, including compounding drugs, receiving orders from a pharmacist and assisting in the dispensing process. Under current state law, any employee of a pharmacy or business with a pharmacy could essentially be tasked with this duty without any special training.

Now Public Act 285 of 2014, SB 92 requires anyone assisting a pharmacist in their duties to be licensed by meeting certain training, academic or work experience requirements. This new law will give Michigan residents the peace of mind knowing that their prescriptions are being handled by a trained and knowledgeable professional under the supervision of a pharmacist.

 

At your service,


Mike Green
State Senator

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Contact Information

 

Senator Mike Green
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

Toll Free: (866) 305-2131 or (517) 373-1777

www.StateSenatorMikeGreen.com

Email: senmgreen@senate.michigan.gov
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