Sen. Booher announces Feb. 6 office hours

LANSING – Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, today announced he will conduct office hours in Benzie and Leelanau counties on Monday, Feb. 6.  The office hours are open to residents to express their opinions or request assistance with a state issue.

Monday, Feb. 6                       
9 to 11 a.m.
The Gathering Place (in the Honor Plaza)
Benzie County Senior Center
10759 Main St.
Honor, MI

Monday, Feb. 6                       
12 to 2 p.m.
Leelanau County Government Center
Conference Room #2
8527 E. Government Center Drive
Suttons Bay, MI

For more information, please call Booher’s office toll-free at 1-866-305-2135 or via email at sendbooher@senate.michigan.gov.

Residents unable to attend office hours may write Booher at: Senator Darwin Booher; P.O. Box 30036; Lansing, MI  48909.

Booher represents the 35th Senate District, which includes Benzie, Clare, Kalkaska, Lake, Leelanau, Manistee, Mecosta, Missaukee, Osceola, Roscommon, and Wexford counties.

Senate approves Booher DEQ reform

LANSING – The Michigan Senate on Tuesday approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Darwin Booher to reform the regulatory process within the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) dealing with leaking underground storage tanks.

“This reform package is about promoting job creation and economic development while protecting Michigan’s natural resources at the same time,” said Booher, R-Evart. “Michigan regularly ranks last in the nation in cleaning up contaminated lands. This is bad for our environment, economy and local property values. Expediting the cleanup of these sites will protect our natural resources and prepare the properties for redevelopment that could revitalize our communities and create jobs.”

Senate Bills 528-533 would create an independent dispute-resolution process and clarify that the DEQ cannot develop regulations for cleanups that are not specified under law. The measures also would adopt a risk-based corrective action process and include timelines for DEQ review or response so that owners and operators would have predictability and finality.

Booher’s bill, SB 529, would allow owners and operators to resolve disputes between themselves and DEQ through the response activity review panel, or let them resolve disputes through the office of administrative hearings within the department.

“I sponsored this reform to ensure that people have a quick and fair process to resolve disagreements on how best to clean up the site,” Booher said. “This is needed because the department has continually changed the standards, which has resulted in uncertainty, setbacks and even land owners deciding not to redevelop a site. Cleaning up contamination is most important and these reforms will ensure unnecessary bureaucratic rules aren’t making it worse.

“These reforms are a part of continued efforts by Senate Republicans to make government more efficient and effective by streamlining the regulatory process.”

SBs 528-533 have been sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Booher reacts to State of the the 2012 State address

LANSING―State Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, issued the following statement Wednesday after Gov. Rick Snyder delivered his State of the State address:

“Unemployment is coming down and jobs are being created, so the governor was right to be proud of what we’ve achieved. But a lot remains to be done.

“We are all looking at the future and are working to make it a bright and rewarding one for all Michigan families. That requires us to build upon our accomplishments of creating jobs, balancing budgets and reducing long-term debts.

“A top priority is completing the budget early – as we did last year – because it allows everyone to make informed decisions based on known funding levels. The numbers are still tight and we owe it to future generations to pay down the state’s debt.

“Improving government efficiency and effectiveness at all levels is also important. I believe promoting ‘best practices’ is helpful in achieving this goal. Good government and good service are important to all Michigan residents. If you give people a reason to improve, they will.

“I believe the attitude in Michigan has improved. I see it every day in my district. It is a positive attitude that things are getting better and that everyone can be a part of that change. That outlook on Michigan is vital for job creation and economic growth. I am enthusiastic about Michigan’s future, and I will continue working to guide Michigan along the path to prosperity.”

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Editor’s Note – Audio comments by Sen. Booher on the State of the State address will be available on the senator’s podcast page at: www.senate.michigan.gov/senators/podcasts.asp?District=35.

Sen. Booher welcomes Tencza and Carroll to state Capitol

LANSING— Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, left, welcomes Cadillac Chamber of Commerce President Bill Tencza and Benzie County Chamber of Commerce President Mary Carroll to the Michigan Capitol. Tencza and Carroll were guests of Booher for Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State address.

A print-quality photograph of Booher welcoming Tencza and Carroll is available by clicking on the image or by visiting the senator’s photowire at: www.senate.michigan.gov/senators/photowire.asp?District=35

 

State Sen. Booher attends agriculture conference

LANSING –-Sen. Darwin Booher announced today that he has returned from an annual international conference of state agricultural and rural leaders with a renewed commitment to agriculture and the jobs the state’s second-largest industry supports.

“During my first year as vice chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, my pride for Michigan agriculture, especially that in the 35th District, has flourished,” said Booher, R-Evart. “I was fortunate to participate in the 2012 Legislative Agriculture Chairs Summit, and I am enthusiastic about putting the knowledge I gathered at the summit to good use in this upcoming year.”

The 11th Annual Legislative Agricultural Chairs Summit was held Jan. 6-8 in Washington, D.C. The conference addressed critical issues and challenges facing agriculture and rural communities and was hosted by State Agriculture and Rural Leaders (SARL) in collaboration with the Council of State Governments and the National Conference of State Legislatures.

SARL is a nonprofit organization dedicated to successful agriculture and rural policy and enhancing the rural leadership in all 50 states, Canadian provinces and U.S. territories.

“Interacting with the top policymakers and networking with the leadership of agriculture from 47 states and 7 Canadian provinces was invaluable and has given me the tools to help cultivate agriculture in Michigan,” Booher said. “This year’s summit was especially timely and informative considering the upcoming federal Farm Bill.”

Sen. Booher announces Manistee office hours

LANSING – Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, today announced he will conduct office hours in Manistee on Friday, Jan. 20. The office hours are open to residents to express their opinions or request assistance with a state issue.

Friday, Jan. 20                        
3 to 5 p.m. 
Manistee Senior Center
457 River St.
Manistee, MI

For more information, please contact Booher’s office toll-free at 1-866-305-2135 or via email at:   sendbooher@senate.michigan.gov.

Residents unable to attend office hours may write Booher at:

Senator Darwin Booher
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI  48909

Booher represents the 35th Senate District, which includes Benzie, Clare, Kalkaska, Lake, Leelanau, Manistee, Mecosta, Missaukee, Osceola, Roscommon, and Wexford counties.

Sen. Booher announces Kalkaska office hours

LANSING – Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, today announced he will conduct office hours in Kalkaska on Friday, Jan. 20. The office hours are open to residents to express their opinions or request assistance with a state issue.                                   

Friday, Jan. 20
9 to 11 a.m.
Kalkaska Senior Center
303 S. Coral St.
Kalkaska, MI

For more information, please contact Booher’s office toll-free at 1-866-305-2135 or via email at:  sendbooher@senate.michigan.gov.

Residents unable to attend office hours may write Booher at:

Senator Darwin Booher
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI  48909

Booher represents the 35th Senate District, which includes Benzie, Clare, Kalkaska, Lake, Leelanau, Manistee, Mecosta, Missaukee, Osceola, Roscommon, and Wexford counties.