Leelanau County guest attends Booher bill signing

LANSING— Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, and Joan Jackson (left) joined Gov. Rick Snyder today as he signed Booher’s bill into law.

Public Act 16 of 2011 allocates $102 million in restricted funds from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund for natural resources improvement projects across the state. 

Jackson was invited to the bill signing to represent Northport, whose waterfront project is receiving $500,000 towards improvements including a 15-foot wide promenade along the marina walkway.

A print-quality photograph of Booher and Jackson with Gov. Snyder is available by clicking on the image or by visiting the senator’s photowire at:

http://www.MISenateGOP.com/senators/photowire.asp?District=35
 

Sen. Boohers bill signed by Gov. Snyder

LANSING—Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, Department of Natural Resources Director Rodney Stokes and several guests from northern Michigan joined Gov. Rick Snyder today as he signed Booher’s bill into law.

Public Act 16 of 2011 allocates $102 million in restricted funds from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund for natural resources improvement projects across the state, including more than $3.48 million for six projects in the 35th District. 

Pictured from left are: Benzie County Commissioner Frank Walterhouse; Benzie County Parks Commissioner Sean Duperron; Beulah Village Council Member Charlie Kinzel; DNR Director Stokes; Benzie County Commissioner Donald Tanner; Gov. Snyder; Benzie County Commissioner Marcia Stobie; Sen. Booher; Roscommon County Commissioner Marc Milburn; Joan Jackson; and Denton Township Supervisor Craig Cotterman.

A print-quality photograph of Booher and guests with Gov. Snyder is available by clicking on the image or by visiting the senator’s photowire at:
http://www.MISenateGOP.com/senators/photowire.asp?District=35

An audio podcast of Booher commenting on the governor signing the trust fund measure is available on the senator’s podcast page at:
http://www.MISenateGOP.com/senators/podcasts.asp?District=35

Benzie County guests attend Booher bill signing

LANSING— Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart; Benzie County Commissioners Frank Walterhouse, Donald Tanner and Marcia Stobie; Benzie County Parks Commissioner Sean Duperron; and Beulah Village Council Member Charlie Kinzel joined Gov. Rick Snyder today as he signed Booher’s bill into law.

Public Act 16 of 2011 allocates $102 million in restricted funds from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund for natural resources improvement projects across the state. 

Tanner, Walterhouse, Stobie and Duperron were invited to the bill signing for their assistance with a Benzie County project, which is receiving more than $1.38 million towards acquisition of 150 acres to expand the existing Railroad Point Nature Area.

Kinzel was invited in recognition of his help with the Crystal Lake waterfront revitalization project, which is receiving $227,500 towards developments, including walkways, beach access points, public amenities and an overlook.

Pictured from left are: Walterhouse, Kinzel, Tanner, Gov. Snyder, Stobie, Sen. Booher and Duperron.

A print-quality photograph of Booher and guests with Gov. Snyder is available by clicking on the image or by visiting the senator’s photowire at:

http://www.MISenateGOP.com/senators/photowire.asp?District=35

Roscommon County guests attend Booher bill signing

LANSING— Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, Roscommon County Commissioners Marc Milburn and Robert Schneider, and Denton Township Supervisor Craig Cotterman joined Gov. Rick Snyder as he signed Booher’s bill into law Wednesday.

Pictured from left are: Milburn, Schneider, Gov. Snyder, Cotterman and Sen. Booher.

Public Act 16 of 2011 allocates $102 million in restricted funds from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund for natural resources improvement projects across the state. 

Milburn, Schneider and Cotterman were invited to the bill signing for their assistance with the Trestle Park project, which is receiving $372,700 towards development of township-owned land on Houghton Lake into a community park.

A print-quality photograph of Booher and guests with Gov. Snyder is available by clicking on the image or by visiting the senator’s photowire at:

http://www.MISenateGOP.com/senators/photowire.asp?District=35
 

Senate introduces mortgage fraud legislation

LANSING –- A legislative package to help crack down on mortgage fraud and punish offenders was introduced Wednesday in the Michigan Senate, said Sen. Darwin Booher, sponsor of two of the measures.

“Michigan homeowners are struggling to make ends meet in a tough economy as they face falling home values, decreasing household incomes and increased costs,” said Booher, R-Evart.  “Each year some consumers fall victim to mortgage fraud.  This bipartisan, bicameral package would enact laws specifically addressing mortgage fraud in Michigan.  It is time we give law enforcement these additional tools needed to investigate fraud, prosecute offenders and ensure their punishments fit the crime.”

The nine-bill package would create a crime for mortgage fraud and make that crime a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

“As a banker in the private sector for more than 40 years, I have seen the hope and excitement of families trying to fulfill the American dream of homeownership,” said Booher, chair of the Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee.  “It is reprehensible that individuals are taking advantage of that dream for personal gain.”

Senate Bill 249, sponsored by Booher, would increase the penalties for forging real property deeds or obtaining real property by false pretenses.  This would also enact thresholds to punish offenders more severely based on the amount of money they obtained.

Other bills in the package include reforms to:

  • Increase the statute of limitations for crimes involving real property transactions from 6 to 10 years;
  • Enact new elements for counterfeiting or forging real estate deeds and related documents including a sentence of up to 14 years in prison; and
  • Quadruple the penalty for violating the notary public law from one to four years in prison.

Senate Bills 43, 44 and 249-253 have been referred to the Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee for consideration.  Two other bills, pertaining to forging deeds, are expected to be introduced soon in the House.
 

Photo Advisory: Sen. Booher and guest attend Gov. Snyders first bill signing

Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart; Fay Wilson (left); and Booher’s Chief of Staff Patrick Tiedt (right) joined Gov. Rick Snyder at the Capitol Tuesday as he signed his first public act as governor.

Public Act 1 of 2011 is farm-friendly legislation that will help ensure that Michigan farmers who voluntarily comply with state environmental standards receive real benefits. Wilson, a former Osceola drain commissioner who certified Booher’s farm under the voluntary program, was invited by Booher to the bill signing.

A print-quality photograph of Booher, Wilson and Tiedt with Gov. Snyder is available by clicking on the image or by visiting the senator’s photowire at: http://www.MISenateGOP.com/senators/photowire.asp?District=35

Photo Advisory: Sen. Booher and guest attend Gov. Snyders first bill signing

Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart; Fay Wilson (left); and Booher’s Chief of Staff Patrick Tiedt (right) joined Gov. Rick Snyder at the Capitol Tuesday as he signed his first public act as governor.

Public Act 1 of 2011 is farm-friendly legislation that will help ensure that Michigan farmers who voluntarily comply with state environmental standards receive real benefits. Wilson, a former Osceola drain commissioner who certified Booher’s farm under the voluntary program, was invited by Booher to the bill signing.

A print-quality photograph of Booher, Wilson and Tiedt with Gov. Snyder is available by clicking on the image or by visiting the senator’s photowire at: http://www.MISenateGOP.com/senators/photowire.asp?District=35