**PHOTO ADVISORY** Governor signs Booher’s plan for Natural Resources Trust Fund projects and dredging

Governor signs Booher’s plan for Natural Resources Trust Fund projects and dredging 

LANSING—Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, Onekama Marina General Manager Jim Mrozinski and FrankfortCity Superintendent Joshua Mills joined Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday as he signed Booher’s bill to provide funding for recommended Natural Resources Trust Fund (NRTF) projects and an emergency plan to dredge Michigan harbors.

Public Act 9 of 2013 authorizes the NRTF to spend $23.3 million in support of 76 acquisition and development projects. PA 9 also approves nearly $21 million for 58 emergency dredging projects by using $9.4 million in waterways funds and $11.5 million in state general funds.

The 35th Senate District will receive more than $2.9 million for five dredging projects and more than $2.3 million for nine NRTF projects.

Also signed were PAs 10-13 to provide low-interest loans for dredging to private marinas located on the Great Lakes or connecting waterways, to lower certain dredging permitting fees and to speed-up the process of issuing a dredging permit in emergency situations.

Pictured with Snyder from left are: Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart; Office of the Great Lakes Director Jon Allan; Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Township; Department of Natural Resources Parks and Recreation Division Chief Ron Olson; Onekama Marina General Manager Jim Mrozinski; Jim Coburn, Michigan Boating Industries Association; FrankfortCity Superintendent Joshua Mills; Sen. Booher; and Department of Environmental Quality Director Dan Wyant.

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**PHOTO ADVISORY** Governor signs Booher’s plan for Natural Resources Trust Fund projects and dredging

Governor signs Booher’s plan for Natural Resources Trust Fund projects and dredging 

LANSING—Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, Onekama Marina General Manager Jim Mrozinski and FrankfortCity Superintendent Joshua Mills joined Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday as he signed Booher’s bill to provide funding for recommended Natural Resources Trust Fund (NRTF) projects and an emergency plan to dredge Michigan harbors.

Public Act 9 of 2013 authorizes the NRTF to spend $23.3 million in support of 76 acquisition and development projects. PA 9 also approves nearly $21 million for 58 emergency dredging projects by using $9.4 million in waterways funds and $11.5 million in state general funds.

The 35th Senate District will receive more than $2.9 million for five dredging projects and more than $2.3 million for nine NRTF projects.

Also signed were PAs 10-13 to provide low-interest loans for dredging to private marinas located on the Great Lakes or connecting waterways, to lower certain dredging permitting fees and to speed-up the process of issuing a dredging permit in emergency situations.

Pictured with Snyder from left are: Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart; Office of the Great Lakes Director Jon Allan; Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Township; Department of Natural Resources Parks and Recreation Division Chief Ron Olson; Onekama Marina General Manager Jim Mrozinski; Jim Coburn, Michigan Boating Industries Association; FrankfortCity Superintendent Joshua Mills; Sen. Booher; and Department of Environmental Quality Director Dan Wyant.

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**PHOTO ADVISORY** Booher bill to help Michigan veterans signed

Booher bill to help Michigan veterans signed 

LANSING—Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, joined Michigan veterans and Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday as the governor signed Booher’s bill to help the state better connect eligible veterans to health care, education and quality of life benefits and services.

Public Act 9 of 2013 uses approximately $3 million in general funds to run the veterans connection services within the recently created Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency. 

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**PHOTO ADVISORY** Booher bill to help Michigan veterans signed

Booher bill to help Michigan veterans signed 

LANSING—Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, joined Michigan veterans and Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday as the governor signed Booher’s bill to help the state better connect eligible veterans to health care, education and quality of life benefits and services.

Public Act 9 of 2013 uses approximately $3 million in general funds to run the veterans connection services within the recently created Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency. 

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Mortgage Industry Advisory Board reform bill sent to governor

LANSING—Sen. Darwin Booher’s legislation to maintain the composition of an important board overseeing many mortgage issues is on its way to the governor to be signed.

“Homeownership is at the heart of the American Dream, and I am proud that Michigan has taken the lead to preserve that dream with several bipartisan initiatives, such as new laws to combat mortgage fraud,” said Booher, R-Evart. “The Mortgage Industry Advisory Board was created to communicate and review mortgage industry issues and to make recommendations about how we can best serve and protect Michigan homeowners.

“This reform is needed to maintain the makeup of the board due to a merger last year of two associations with authority to suggest candidates for appointment to the board.”

Under current law, both the Michigan Mortgage Brokers Association and the Michigan Mortgage Lenders Association (MMLA) submit three suggestions to the Office of Financial and Insurance Regulation commissioner, who then appoints two suggestions of each association to the board.

Last year, the two associations merged.

Senate Bill 19 reflects this merger and gives the remaining organization, MMLA, the ability to provide at least six suggestions, of which three must be affiliated with a licensed or registered broker.

“Mortgage fraud and faulty foreclosure proceedings affect us all,” said Booher, chair of the Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee. “These actions devastate families and impact our communities through reduced property values. It is important to ensure that this board can continue to effectively do its job to make sure we have a fair and open mortgage system.”

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Natural Resources Trust Fund projects and dredging plan sent to governor

LANSING?Legislation sponsored by Sen. Darwin Booher to provide funding for recommended Natural Resources Trust Fund (NRTF) projects and an emergency plan to dredge Michigan harbors was sent to the governor on Thursday to be signed.

Booher said the bill will provide more than $2.3 million in funding for nine NRTF projects and more than $2.9 million for five dredging projects in the 35th Senate District.

“These trust fund projects and the emergency dredging plan are about helping to make Michigan a better place to live and ensuring access to our great natural wonders,” said Booher, R-Evart. “This measure will help improve outdoor recreational opportunities for families and tourists.”

Senate Bill 233 authorizes the trust fund to spend $23.3 million to support 22 acquisition projects and 54 development projects. The bill also approves nearly $21 million for emergency dredging projects by using $9.4 million in waterways funds and $11.5 million in state general funds.

“The viability of some Northern Michigan harbors and livelihoods of residents who depend on recreational access to our lakes is in jeopardy due to low water levels and federal inaction,” Booher said. “As the summer tourist season approaches, these communities need action. This plan uses state waterways and general fund dollars to take emergency action to dredge our harbors.

“I know the governor understands the urgent need for action to keep our harbors open, and I look forward to seeing him sign this important legislation as soon as possible.”

For dredging needs in the 35th Senate District, the legislation appropriates:
• $133,000 for the Veterans Memorial Marina in Arcadia Township;
• $2,240,000 for the Frankfort Municipal Marina;
• $420,000 for the Leland Township Harbor;
• $23,450 for the Manistee Municipal Marina; and
• $87,500 for the Marston Dame Marina in Northport.

SB 233 provides $300,000 toward more than $1.3 million in improvements to 16.84 miles of the Pere Marquette State Trail from Baldwin to Reed City, including surface enhancements, connector trails and benches along the route.

Other NRTF projects in the 35th Senate District funded by the measure include:
• $141,000 for a $207,500 renovation of Penny Park in Manistee County’s East Lake village, which features upgrading the boat launch and installing a playground;
• $97,300 toward a $149,900 development to Onekama Village Park in Manistee County, including a barrier-free ramp to the beach and beach nourishment; and
• $37,600 for a $56,600 campsite and restroom improvement at Rose Lake Park in Osceola County.

The bill also uses $1.79 million toward five land acquisitions in Clare, Leelanau, Mecosta and Wexford counties. Included in the land purchase projects are helping Morton Township in Mecosta County obtain 4.23 acres along the Little Muskegon River for a township park.

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Local high school student job shadows Sen. Booher

LANSING—Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, welcomes Reed City High School junior Ben Youngs and his mother, Sara, to the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday, March 19. Youngs is interested in political science and spent the day job shadowing Booher to see the duties of a state senator.

“It was an honor and pleasure to have Ben job shadow me,” Booher said. “I am confident he’ll be successful in his college studies and in whatever career he decides to pursue.”

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The above photograph of Sen. Booher and Youngs is available by visiting the senator’s photowire at:
www.misenategop.com/senators/photowire.asp?District=35.

Sen. Booher to read to Roscommon Elementary students in celebration of Reading Month

WHO: 
Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart

WHAT:
Booher will read to Roscommon Elementary School kindergarteners, first- and second-graders as part of “March is Reading Month.”

WHEN and WHERE:
Monday, March 25
Roscommon Elementary School, 175 W. Sunset Drive, Roscommon
8:30 to 9:15 a.m.

BRIEFING:
In honor of Reading Month, Booher will be reading to elementary school students throughout the month of March.

Every year, school children throughout Michigan celebrate “March is Reading Month.” The purpose is to highlight reading as a fun activity that children and parents can do together, while promoting literacy.

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Sen. Booher to read to Mesick Elementary students in celebration of Reading Month

WHO: 
Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart

WHAT:
Booher will read to Mesick Elementary School third-grade students as part of “March is Reading Month.”

WHEN and WHERE:
Monday, March 25
Mesick Elementary School, 210 E. Mesick Ave., Mesick
11 to 11:45 a.m.

BRIEFING:
In honor of Reading Month, Booher will be reading to elementary school students throughout the month of March.

Every year, school children throughout Michigan celebrate “March is Reading Month.” The purpose is to highlight reading as a fun activity that children and parents can do together, while promoting literacy.

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Sen. Booher to read to Mesick Elementary students in celebration of Reading Month

WHO: 
Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart

WHAT:
Booher will read to Mesick Elementary School third-grade students as part of “March is Reading Month.”

WHEN and WHERE:
Monday, March 25
Mesick Elementary School, 210 E. Mesick Ave., Mesick
11 to 11:45 a.m.

BRIEFING:
In honor of Reading Month, Booher will be reading to elementary school students throughout the month of March.

Every year, school children throughout Michigan celebrate “March is Reading Month.” The purpose is to highlight reading as a fun activity that children and parents can do together, while promoting literacy.

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