Casperson town hall meeting to take place Friday, June 7 in Calumet

State Sen. Tom Casperson announced today that he will host a town hall meeting with constituents Friday, June 7, in Calumet.

Casperson, R-Escanaba, will give a brief overview of current issues facing the Michigan Legislature. There will be a question and answer session to follow.

The event is free and open to the public.

Details of the town hall meeting are as follows:

Friday, June 7
5:30-7 p.m.
Calumet High School auditorium
57070 Mine St., Calumet

For more information or to contact Casperson, please visit www.SenatorTomCasperson.com or call toll-free at 1-866-305-2038.

 

Casperson welcomes the General Federation of Women’s Clubs to state Capitol

LANSING, Mich.— Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, welcomes the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) to the Michigan Senate on Wednesday. Present are (from left to right) Vicki Elie, Pat Boes, Marty Groleau, Casperson, Dianne Lahtinen and Frances Thennes. The GFWC was in Lansing to promote awareness of its mission: to unite the women's clubs of Michigan, which enhance lives as well as improve communities by creating and diffusing an enlightened public opinion, while focusing on today's community needs and concerns.

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Casperson bills to help manage Michigan wildlife signed

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Tom Casperson to advance the scientific management of wildlife in Michigan was signed Wednesday by the governor.

Senate Bills 288 and 289 build upon voter-approved policy from 1996’s Proposal G, which saw nearly 70 percent of voters express their desire that the Michigan Natural Resources Commission (NRC) have exclusive authority to regulate the taking of game, and that the commission use sound scientific management in making decisions to the greatest extent practicable.

Additionally, as part of the process, the NRC has to issue orders and provide the public with an opportunity to provide public input before any decision is made, thereby ensuring that the voice of Michigan residents is heard. 
  
Among other things, the bills provide for:

• Right-to-hunt-and-fish language in state statute to recognize their importance for the conservation, preservation and management of the state’s natural resources;
• Allowing the NRC to add species to the game list and establish hunting seasons while retaining the Legislature’s ability to both add and remove species on the list;
• Complimentary hunting opportunities for active service members; and
• Allowing the NRC to regulate the taking of fish as they regulate the taking of game.
“These new laws reaffirm the people’s desire for Michigan’s wildlife to be managed using scientific, objective standards,” said Casperson, R-Escanaba. “Sound management through the use of methods including hunting and fishing is extremely important for the health of our natural resources and for the preservation of our way of life in Michigan. 

“I am very appreciative of the wide and diverse group of stakeholders and elected leaders that came together to support this legislation as it is critical to our sporting heritage and to our way of life in the Upper Peninsula. Consequently, I want to sincerely thank everyone who helped in what was truly a team effort, with support from biologists, property owners, farmers and sportsmen, all of whom moved to ensure our wildlife will be managed through science and not emotion.”

SBs 288 and 289 were signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Rick Snyder in Lansing and are now Public Acts 21 and 22.

 

Casperson welcomes Pastor Jason Janich to Capitol

LANSING, Mich— Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, welcomes Pastor Jason Janich (right) to the Michigan Senate on Wednesday. Janich is the pastor at the New Life Assembly of God Church in Escanaba. He delivered the invocation before Senate session.

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