Friday, March 8, 2013
The measure aims to address critically low lake levels that affect the boating industry.
Pending legislation would create a low-interest loan program that would allow marinas to pay for emergency dredging projects, according to two Michigan lawmakers who represent Macomb County districts. Sen. Jack Brandenburg, R-Harrison Township, introduced legislation Thursday that would form a partnership with marina owners, private lenders and the state to help in dredging project, according to his office. The measure comes as Lake St. Clair has reached critically low levels, affecting boaters and business owners in several shoreline communities, including Chesterfield Township, New Baltimore, St. Clair Shores and Harrison Township. “Our waterways are not only beautiful, they are also a vital part of our economy, which is why this measure…
Thursday, January 17, 2013
State Sen. Jack Brandenburg, R-Harrison Township, gave his assessment of the State of the State Address by Gov. Rick Snyder.
State Sen. Jack Brandenburg, R-Harrison Township, gave Patch his assessment of the State of the State Address delivered by Gov. Rick Snyder Wednesday at the State Capitol.
Friday, January 11, 2013
The Sierra Club Michigan Chapter's 2011-12 legislative scorecard gave Shelby Township and Utica's four Republican legislators failing grades for their actions on environmental issues.
Casting "no" votes on nearly all legislation considered “pro-environment” by the Sierra Club Michigan Chapter, Shelby Township and Utica’s state legislators have been labeled “pollution promoters” by the club’s recently released 2011-12 legislative scorecard. Released annually, the scorecard’s results are based upon roll call votes on specific bills in the House and Senate during a given legislative session. For the 2011-12 scorecard, the Sierra Club calculated the votes cast on 24 bills dealing with a variety of environmental issues, from light bulbs and beach grooming to wolf hunting season and a regional transit authority. “2011-2012 was by far the most anti-environmental legislature we’ve had in Michigan for decades. It’s extremely …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
The cities' representatives in the Michigan House and Senate had nearly perfect voting records.
It was a busy year in Lansing and we've got the scoop on how legislators representing Shelby Township and Utica performed. Overall in Michigan, 13 of 38 senators had perfect voting records, while 62 out of 110 representatives did the same on roll call votes taken from Jan. 1, 2012, through Dec. 31, 2012, according to michiganvotes.org. Read on to find out how lawmakers representing Shelby Township and Utica performed during the same period. Sen. Bert Johnson, D-Detroit, representing the 2nd District, missed the most votes in the Senate with 111; Rep. Rep. Jimmy Womack, D-Detroit, representing the 7th District, missed the most votes in the House with 409. Rocca, Brandenburg, Lund and Farrington will return to Lansing on Jan. 9 for the start…