Booher elected vice chair of the Great Lakes Legislative Caucus

LANSING—Sen. Darwin Booher has been elected to serve as vice chair of the bi-national Great Lakes Legislative Caucus (GLLC) in 2013-14.

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 be able to put the interests of Michigan at the forefront by serving as vice chair of this international caucus,” said Booher, R-Evart. “I look forward to working with the caucus on important Great Lakes issues, such as dredging, water levels and invasive species.”

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 passage 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 capitols and Washington, D.C.

Booher and other members of the recently elected GLLC Executive Committee will guide caucus efforts in 2013-2014. The 12-person executive committee was elected by fellow caucus members in December and 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.

Planned caucus activities already include workshops for legislators in Michigan and Minnesota, webinars on Great Lakes policy, and a regional meeting this summer in Duluth, MN.

Minnesota Sen. Ann Rest serves as chair of the caucus. Membership in the caucus is open to all state and provincial legislators in the 10 Great Lakes states and provinces.

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, please contact Lisa Janairo at ljanairo@csg.org or 920-458-5910 or visit www.greatlakeslegislators.org.

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