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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