State Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Tom Casperson comments on Gov. Snyders special message on infrastructure

LANSING, Mich.—State Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, released the following statement Wednesday following Gov. Rick Snyder’s special message to the Legislature on infrastructure.

“I appreciate Governor Snyder’s commitment to building and maintaining a strong infrastructure in Michigan. We share the belief that a healthy infrastructure is essential to the long-term growth and success of our state and its people. Safe, quality roads are vital to keeping and attracting businesses and jobs, as well as the tens of thousands of tourists who enjoy a Pure Michigan holiday every year.

“Having easy and affordable access to a broadband Internet connection is also an essential part of a 21st century economy. That nearly one–third of Michigan residents do not have high-speed Internet access is a limiting factor in growing jobs in our state, particularly in the Upper Peninsula and other rural areas.

“There is no question that Michigan, as the motor capital of the world, needs quality roads to match. Today we do not have them. Michigan roads rank second-worst nationally. They need serious attention and the funding to make sure projects are done right and completed on time. Eliminating burdensome regulations is also key to their timely improvement. But simply throwing more money at a problem doesn’t fix it – we need to make sure that the very limited resources available are used as efficiently and effectively as possible.

“The proposals in Governor Snyder’s special message on infrastructure are among a number of ideas that the Senate Transportation Committee is prepared to discuss, including legislation already introduced by my Senate Republican colleagues. I am confident that through the legislative process we will be able to work together with the administration and my Senate and House colleagues to find solutions to make sure Michigan has the best possible roads and bridges for today and tomorrow.”

‘Caylees Law’ approved by Michigan Senate

LANSING, Mich.—A person failing to report to law enforcement that a child in their care has gone missing would face a felony of up to two years imprisonment under legislation approved by the state Senate today, said Sen. Tom Casperson, who sponsored Senate Bill 580.

“Reporting a missing child in a timely fashion is often a matter of life and death, as we saw with little Caylee Anthony. This bill fixes Michigan law to require a disappearance be reported immediately, which will help protect children in our state,” said Casperson, R-Escanaba. “This is an important bill that’s received overwhelming support from Upper Peninsula residents and I encourage my House colleagues to quickly pass it.”

Senate Bill 626, a companion measure also approved, establishes sentencing guidelines for the felony crime of failure to report a missing child under SB 580.

The measures now go to the state House for consideration.

Casperson photo advisory: Senator welcomes local national park rangers to Capitol

LANSING, Mich.—State Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, (right) and state Rep. Steve Lindberg (left) welcomed Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore park rangers Jim Northrup (center right) and Tim Colyer (center left) to the Capitol on Thursday. Superintendent Northrup and Chief Ranger Colyer were in town to testify in support of Casperson’s Senate Bill 617, which establishes concurrent state-federal law enforcement jurisdiction on federally owned lands.

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