Booher welcomes Pastor Klotz to state Capitol

LANSING— Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, welcomes Pastor Dan Klotz (left) and his wife Emily to the Michigan Senate. Klotz is the lead pastor at Resurrection Life Church in Cadillac and delivered the invocation before Senate session. 

A print-quality photograph of Sen. Booher with Pastor Klotz and his wife is available by visiting the senator’s photowire at: www.misenategop.com/senators/photowire.asp?District=35

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Senate approves election, campaign finance reform

LANSING –Legislation to strengthen campaign finance laws and penalties, improve election efficiency and ensure fairness and accountability in elections was approved by the Michigan Senate on Tuesday, said sponsor Sen. Darwin Booher.

“Open, free and fair elections are vital to our democratic republic. That is why it is critical to make sure elections are not open to fraud,” said Booher, R-Evart. “Voter fraud and campaign finance cheating erode the democratic process and cannot be tolerated. These reforms are designed to protect voter rights and ensure that individuals caught violating election and campaign finance laws are severely punished.”

Senate Bills 750-754 and 803 focus on increasing penalties for campaign finance violations and reducing voter fraud. SBs 823-825 reform the state’s campaign finance law as well as increase the protections of voter rights, provide additional transparency and streamline the election process.

Booher’s bill, SB 803, would require registered voters to sign a form indicating they are U.S. citizens prior to voting in person or by absent voter ballot. A person refusing or failing to answer the citizenship question at the polls would be denied a ballot. Absentee voters would be issued ballots, which would not be counted unless the voter answers the question by Election Day.

“Only U.S. citizens are allowed to vote in U.S. elections, but Michigan currently does not ask voters if they are citizens,” Booher said. “By requiring officials to ask this basic question before handing someone a ballot, my bill will help ensure the integrity of our elections.”

Booher noted that the Michigan Secretary of State office has discovered instances of noncitizens inadvertently registering to vote when they applied for other materials, such as a driver’s license.

SBs 750-754, 803 and 823-825 have been sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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Senate approves election, campaign finance reform

LANSING –Legislation to strengthen campaign finance laws and penalties, improve election efficiency and ensure fairness and accountability in elections was approved by the Michigan Senate on Tuesday, said sponsor Sen. Darwin Booher.

“Open, free and fair elections are vital to our democratic republic. That is why it is critical to make sure elections are not open to fraud,” said Booher, R-Evart. “Voter fraud and campaign finance cheating erode the democratic process and cannot be tolerated. These reforms are designed to protect voter rights and ensure that individuals caught violating election and campaign finance laws are severely punished.”

Senate Bills 750-754 and 803 focus on increasing penalties for campaign finance violations and reducing voter fraud. SBs 823-825 reform the state’s campaign finance law as well as increase the protections of voter rights, provide additional transparency and streamline the election process.

Booher’s bill, SB 803, would require registered voters to sign a form indicating they are U.S. citizens prior to voting in person or by absent voter ballot. A person refusing or failing to answer the citizenship question at the polls would be denied a ballot. Absentee voters would be issued ballots, which would not be counted unless the voter answers the question by Election Day.

“Only U.S. citizens are allowed to vote in U.S. elections, but Michigan currently does not ask voters if they are citizens,” Booher said. “By requiring officials to ask this basic question before handing someone a ballot, my bill will help ensure the integrity of our elections.”

Booher noted that the Michigan Secretary of State office has discovered instances of noncitizens inadvertently registering to vote when they applied for other materials, such as a driver’s license.

SBs 750-754, 803 and 823-825 have been sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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Booher: Budget plan focuses on continuing recovery, education commitment

LANSING? Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, issued the following statement Thursday after listening to Gov. Rick Snyder’s fiscal year 2013 state budget presentation:

“I am pleased that the governor’s proposed budget focuses on continuing economic recovery, addressing our debt and emphasizing our commitment to education.

“The tough decisions we made last year resulted in an economy that is creating jobs at a rate faster than the national average and a state government that lives within its means. With more Michigan residents working and government constantly looking for ways to get the greatest value for the dollar, we are now financially able to look at investment.

“As chair of the appropriations subcommittee for community colleges, I am especially glad to see an increased commitment to education at all levels. This plan includes $113 million in additional funding for schools and increases support to our community colleges and universities by up to 3 percent.

“Since this proposal is based on economic projections for next fiscal year, we must be fiscally responsible in how we proceed. However, I am greatly encouraged by the economic growth Michigan is seeing every day, and I look forward to promptly finalizing a budget that enhances support for important priorities like education, public safety and economic development.”

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Booher: Budget plan focuses on continuing recovery, education commitment

LANSING? Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, issued the following statement Thursday after listening to Gov. Rick Snyder’s fiscal year 2013 state budget presentation:

“I am pleased that the governor’s proposed budget focuses on continuing economic recovery, addressing our debt and emphasizing our commitment to education.

“The tough decisions we made last year resulted in an economy that is creating jobs at a rate faster than the national average and a state government that lives within its means. With more Michigan residents working and government constantly looking for ways to get the greatest value for the dollar, we are now financially able to look at investment.

“As chair of the appropriations subcommittee for community colleges, I am especially glad to see an increased commitment to education at all levels. This plan includes $113 million in additional funding for schools and increases support to our community colleges and universities by up to 3 percent.

“Since this proposal is based on economic projections for next fiscal year, we must be fiscally responsible in how we proceed. However, I am greatly encouraged by the economic growth Michigan is seeing every day, and I look forward to promptly finalizing a budget that enhances support for important priorities like education, public safety and economic development.”

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Booher comments on state joining settlement on foreclosures

LANSING –-After Attorney General Bill Schuette announced that Michigan would join 40 other states in the settlement with five major banks dealing with faulty foreclosure proceedings that took place from 2008 to 2011, Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee Chair Darwin Booher issued the following statement:

“I am excited to hear that Michigan will receive nearly $500 million as part of a settlement to help homeowners who were unfairly treated by major banks.

“We recognized this issue last year, and I was privileged to lead the effort to preserve the dream of owning a home by getting signed into law bipartisan reforms to specifically combat mortgage fraud in Michigan.

“Mortgage fraud impacts entire communities and all taxpayers. In response to mortgage fraud and stories of unfortunate victims like those is this case, we acted to stop individuals from taking advantage of hardworking Michigan families.

“During my 40 years as a banker in the private sector, I helped many families achieve the American dream of homeownership. I will continue to work to preserve that dream.”

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