LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, has been elected once again to serve as vice chair of the binational Great Lakes Legislative Caucus in 2017 and 2018.
Through its mix of programming, advocacy and activities, the caucus 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.
The caucus has 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.
“Serving as vice chair of the Great Lakes Legislative Caucus has allowed me to work with lawmakers from other states on important Great Lakes issues, such as harbor dredging and maintenance projects,” Booher said. “I look forward to continuing to serve as vice chair of the caucus and working on issues that will help encourage use and preservation of our Great Lakes waters.”
As part of its services for members, the caucus maintains a legislative tracker that monitors bills being considered in state capitals and Washington, D.C., and regularly holds Great Lakes policy meetings and training sessions for lawmakers.
Booher and other members of the GLLC Executive Committee will guide caucus efforts in 2017 and 2018. This committee is made up of a chair and vice chair as well as other legislators representing each of the eight states and two Canadian provinces in the Great Lakes basin.
Membership in the nonpartisan caucus is open to all state and provincial legislators in the 10 Great Lakes states and provinces. Officers and the group’s Executive Committee were elected by members who attended this summer’s Great Lakes Legislative Caucus annual meeting in Milwaukee.
Booher has been vice chair of the caucus since 2013; the chair is Wisconsin Rep. Cory Mason.