State Senate to utilize videoconference for additional committee testimony

LANSING, Mich.—Upper Peninsula residents will have another opportunity to participate in a Senate Natural Resources, Environment and Great Lakes Committee on Thursday, May 3 as the committee discusses beach grooming legislation pending before the panel.

Given the interest in and success of last week’s first-ever committee videoconference, committee Chairman Sen. Tom Casperson would like to offer additional chances for Upper Peninsula residents to join in committee action in Lansing.

“Last week’s videoconference was an excellent trial run at using technology to help ensure the voices of Upper Peninsula residents are heard in the legislative process,” said Casperson, R-Escanaba. “I want to thank all who participated because you delivered an important message about the need to overhaul laws and regulations that unreasonably impact and impede your lives.”
This Thursday, the committee will again broadcast their meeting and take testimony live via videoconference in Escanaba. Anyone is welcome to attend and testify.

The committee will hear testimony on Senate Bill 1052, sponsored by Casperson. Under the measure, property owners would no longer need to get a permit from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for most beach grooming activities.

The Senate Natural Resources, Environment and Great Lakes Committee is scheduled for Thursday, May 3, at 8:30 a.m. in room 210 of the Farnum Building in Lansing, with simultaneous videoconferencing in the Michigan Works Conference Room, 2950 College Ave., in Escanaba.

If you have any questions, please contact Casperson’s office at (517) 373-7840 or (866) 305-2038.