Senate committees to hold joint hearing on Soo Locks at LSSU

LANSING, Mich. — The Senate Commerce, Transportation, and Economic Development and International Investment committees are set to hold a rare joint hearing on the campus of Lake Superior State University on Monday, Nov. 2.

The committees will meet to consider and take public testimony on Senate Resolution 105, which urges the federal government to upgrade the aging locks. 

Who:

State Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, Commerce Committee chairman;
State Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, Transportation Committee chairman;
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, Economic Development and International Investment Committee chairman;
Members of the committees;
John Loftus, executive director of the Wayne Port Authority;
Tom Rayburn, director of Environmental & Regulatory Affairs for Lakes Carriers Association;
Members of the public.

What:

A joint hearing of the Senate Commerce, Transportation, and Economic Development and International Investment committees. 

When:

Monday, Nov. 2 at 10:15 a.m.

Hearing Location:

The Cisler Center — Superior Room
Lake Superior State University
650 W. Easterday Ave.
Sault Ste. Marie, MI

 Streaming info:

The hearing will be live-streamed at UStream.tv/Channel/MISenate.

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Casperson invites U.P. residents to participate in committee hearing via videoconference

Sen. Tom Casperson

Sen. Tom Casperson

LANSING, Mich. — The Senate Elections and Government Reform Committee on Thursday will consider legislation designed to make state government more accountable and act more responsibly by requiring departments to repay the court costs of residents and businesses who prevail against a department in court, said Sen. Tom Casperson, sponsor of one of the bills.

Casperson said departments have been unnecessarily pushing cases between them and others into court proceedings in an effort to dissuade complainants from pursuing further action on permitting and tax issues, for example, because of the potentially high monetary costs residents would likely face in pursuing the issue in court.

Those wishing to speak on Senate Bills 189 and 190 are invited to attend in person in Lansing, and residents in the Upper Peninsula may participate via live videoconference from Escanaba.

Who:

State Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba; Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc; members of the Senate Elections and Government Reform Committee; and the general public.

What:

A hearing of the Senate Elections and Government Reform Committee on SBs 189 and 190.

When:

Thursday, Oct. 15 at 9 a.m.

Hearing Location:

Room 210
Farnum Building
125 W. Allegan St.
Lansing, MI

 U.P. Videoconference Location:
Michigan Works! Board Room
2950 College Ave.
Escanaba, MI 49829

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Casperson welcomes Vietnam veterans to Capitol event

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, (far right) is pictured with, from left, state Rep. Scott Dianda; Breitung Township Supervisor Denny Olsen and his wife, Carmel; Dianda’s father, Jim Spehar; and Jim Matonich at the “Michigan Says Thanks” event honoring veterans of the Vietnam War era at the Capitol on Thursday.

The event highlighted the service of the U.S. armed forces during the Vietnam War and the contributions of Vietnam War era families.

For more information about the event, visit MichiganSaysThanks.com.

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***Media Advisory*** Casperson invites U.P. residents to participate in Natural Resources Committee hearing via videoconference

Sen. Tom Casperson

Sen. Tom Casperson

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Tom Casperson announced Monday that the Senate Natural Resources Committee hearing on Wednesday, Oct. 7 will include testimony from U.P. residents via remote videoconference.

Members of the committee will hear testimony on Senate Bill 104, which would aim to help address the problem of aquatic invasive species (AIS) such as Eurasian watermilfoil impacting inland lakes. The bill would allow local governments to pass ordinances with the option of raising local resources to help prevent and control the spread of AIS in inland waters.

Who:
State Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba; members of the Senate Natural Resources Committee, and members of the public.

What:
A hearing of the Senate Natural Resources Committee on Senate Bill 104.

When:
Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 12:30 p.m. EST and 11:30 a.m. CST.

Hearing Location:
Farnum Building
Room 210
125 W. Allegan St.
Lansing, MI

U.P. Videoconference Location:
West Iron District Library
116 W. Genesee St.
Iron River, MI

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