**PHOTO ADVISORY** Sen. Booher welcomes his daughter as guest for State of the State address

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, welcomed his daughter, Judge Kimberly Booher-Hammer of Evart, and his granddaughter Madison to the Michigan Capitol before Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2018 State of the State address. Booher-Hammer serves on the 49th Circuit Court for Mecosta and Osceola counties.

 

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**Photo Advisory** Sen. Booher welcomes the Rev. Swainston to deliver invocation

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, welcomed the Rev. Jeffrey A. Swainston of the United Methodist Church of Manton to the Michigan Senate on Thursday to deliver the invocation at the start of Senate session.

 

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Sen. Booher named chair of Great Lakes Legislative Caucus

Senator Darwin Booher

Senator Darwin Booher

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, was named the chairman of the Great Lakes Legislative Caucus (GLLC) effective Dec. 1.

Sen. Booher, who had previously served as vice chair of the GLLC, is the fourth legislator to chair the GLLC. The binational, nonpartisan organization was founded in 2003 by former Michigan state Sen. Patty Birkholz. Membership in the GLLC is open to all state and provincial legislators in the 10 Great Lakes states and provinces.

“We have only just begun to tap our full potential as a forum for regional action,” Booher said. “I look forward to guiding the GLLC toward a strong future as the only binational, nonpartisan forum for legislators who not only want to learn about the problems that affect our Great Lakes but who also are committed to working together to solve those problems.”

Through its mix of programming, advocacy and activities, the GLLC provides a forum for the regional exchange of ideas and information on key Great Lakes issues. Its goals are to promote the protection and restoration of the Great Lakes and to strengthen the role of state and provincial legislators in the Great Lakes policymaking process.

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Sen. Booher comments on State of the State address

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, issued the following statement Tuesday after Gov. Rick Snyder delivered his 2017 State of the State address:

“It was an honor to attend the seventh State of the State address delivered by Governor Snyder. The governor addressed how far we have come since he took office in 2010 and spoke about the challenges we still face.

“Michigan’s economic comeback story continues today. The governor spoke of the more than 475,000 new private sector jobs that have been created since 2010. Even more, the unemployment rate has dropped nearly ten points since hitting its high in June of 2009.

“The governor addressed the importance of investing in the future of Michigan with education being key to future success. I have stood with my colleagues to ensure that all children have access to good quality schools and that we keep education as a top priority in the Michigan Senate.

“Governor Snyder also spoke of the need to improve Michigan’s infrastructure. I agree wholeheartedly that we cannot allow our infrastructure to fail and I will continue to look for ways that we can address this critical issue.

“I look forward to continue serving the residents of the 35th District in the year to come. We are on the right track and we have a lot of positive momentum at our backs as we move into the year ahead. ”

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**Photo Advisory** Sen. Booher welcomes Ben LaCross to the state Capitol for State of the State address

 

LANSING, Mich.— State Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, welcomed Ben LaCross (right) of the Leelanau Fruit Company in Leelanau County to the Michigan Capitol before Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2017 State of the State address. LaCross, who also serves as the District 9 director on the Michigan Farm Bureau Board of Directors, was Booher’s guest for the annual address Tuesday night.

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***Media Advisory*** Sen. Booher available for comments following State of the State address

Senator Darwin Booher

Senator Darwin Booher

Who:               State Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart.

What:             Reaction and comments following the governor’s State of the State address.

When:             The address is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Where:           House Appropriations Room
Third Floor
State Capitol
Lansing, MI

Brief: Booher will be available following the State of the State address for comments on state issues mentioned by the governor in the address.

Please call Booher’s office at 517-373-1725 prior to 5 p.m. on Jan. 17 to schedule an interview time with the senator.

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Booher’s office now open in the Connie B. Binsfeld Office Building

Senator Darwin Booher

Senator Darwin Booher

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, on Wednesday announced the opening of his new office in the Connie B. Binsfeld Office Building in Lansing.

“It is an honor to work in a building named for such a committed and dedicated public servant who served northern Michigan with great distinction,” Booher said. “Connie Binsfeld is a role model for all who serve in public office. I’m glad that Binsfeld will be long remembered into the future with the new Michigan Senate office building being named in her honor and memory.”

The building, named after former Michigan Lt. Gov. Connie Binsfeld, opened on Monday, Jan. 9 and is now home to Michigan Senate offices. Binsfeld was a resident of the 35th District, residing in Leelanau County, and had previously represented the area in the Michigan House and Senate.

For those visiting Booher’s office in Lansing, it is now located in room 3200 of the Connie B. Binsfeld Office Building, located at 201 Townsend St. in Lansing, across from the Michigan Capitol at the corner of Townsend and Allegan.

Residents can contact Booher’s office at 1-517-373-1725 or via email at SenDBooher@senate.michigan.gov. Residents may also visit Booher’s Senate website at www.SenatorDarwinBooher.com or send a letter via U.S. mail. The mailing address is Senator Darwin Booher, P. O. Box 30036, Lansing, MI 48909.

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Senate approves Casperson, Booher land management legislation

LANSING, Mich. – Bills to reform the manner in which state owned land is managed by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) were approved by the Senate last Thursday.

The passage of Senate Bills 39 and 40 is the culmination of more than a year’s worth of collaboration between concerned citizens, interested land use stakeholders, and local and state officials.

The bills, which were introduced at the start of the term in January 2015, are a continuation of work from 2012 when the state adopted Sen. Tom Casperson’s legislation that placed a cap on the number of acres the state could own (with certain exemptions) and required the DNR to develop a state land management plan. While the DNR did develop a plan, it did not cover many issues that were raised by citizens and local units of government, so the Legislature determined that this new legislation was needed to improve department policies, regulations and law.

The legislation, therefore, would provide comprehensive land management practices, including providing more access and use, transparency and accountability from government. They are meant to ensure meaningful and long-term reforms are established for all who enjoy the outdoors and publicly owned land.

“Michigan’s natural resources are, in many ways, essential to our lives as Michiganders,” said Casperson, R-Escanaba. “Being able to reasonably use, manage, enjoy and conserve those resources, whether for recreation, social enjoyment or economic activity, is something we must improve for the future good of our state and those resources.”

As passed by the Senate, SBs 39 and 40 would make reforms in four key areas. The bills would require the state to make payments in lieu of taxes (PILT), swamp taxes, and CFA payments on time and in full or face the cap returning on counties in northern Michigan. They would allow certain counties the ability to object to state land purchases in areas where there is already significant public land ownership. Additionally, they would aim to improve public access to and use of state land, and reform the land transaction process. In exchange for these reforms, the cap on state land purchases that currently above the Mason-Arenac line in northern Michigan would be removed.

“The development of this legislation has been deliberate and thorough, reflecting input from many people and groups over the course of numerous committee hearings and meetings,” said Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart. “As a result, this legislation presents a strategic plan to improve state land management practices, and, I am confident, will provide significant help to our communities and all who enjoy the use of Michigan’s public land.”

SBs 39 and 40 now advance to the state House of Representatives for consideration.

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**Photo Advisory** Sen. Booher welcomes Pastor LaFeve to deliver invocation to Michigan Senate

 
 

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, welcomed Pastor Joshua LaFeve of Immanuel Lutheran Leland in Leland to the Michigan Senate on Tuesday to deliver the invocation at the start of session.

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