LANSING—Sen. Darwin Booher has been elected to serve once again as vice chair of the international Great Lakes Legislative Caucus (GLLC) in 2015-16.
The nonpartisan caucus provides a forum for the regional exchange of ideas and information on key Great Lakes issues through its mix of programming, advocacy and activities. Its goal is to strengthen the role of state and provincial legislators in the Great Lakes policymaking process.
“I am honored to continue serving as vice chair of the Great Lakes Legislative Caucus as we work on issues critical to Michigan and the entire region,” said Booher, R-Evart. “I look forward to ensuring that Michigan’s interests continue to be heard on vital Great Lakes matters, such as protecting our waters and stopping invasive species like Asian carp.”
The caucus has facilitated regional discussions on passage and implementation of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact and pushed for federal funding of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, an improved Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, and an expedited timeline for a federal study recommending how to keep Asian carp from entering the lakes via the Chicago Area Waterway System.
The caucus also maintains a legislative tracker that monitors bills being considered in state capitals and Washington, D.C.
Booher and other members of the legislative executive committee will guide caucus efforts in 2015-16. The committee is made up of the chair, the vice chair and one additional legislator from each of the eight states and two Canadian provinces in the Great Lakes Basin.
Booher has been vice chair of the caucus since 2013. Minnesota Sen. Ann Rest serves as chair of the caucus. Officers and the group’s executive committee were elected by members who attended the GLLC meeting this summer in Quebec.
The Midwestern Office of The Council of State Governments provides staffing services for the caucus, which is funded by a grant from the Joyce Foundation. CSG is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association serving all three branches of state government.
For more information about the GLLC, visit www.greatlakeslegislators.org.