Melt The Switchboards Monday!

[Note:  We all get passionate at times, but please temper passion with a positive attitude and civility.  It is better to hold back and get desirable results, then to vent frustration and fail.]

The Brass Roots Plaque had it’s hearing before the election.  However, the hearing only permitted testimony.  A vote was not taken on getting HB 5595 out of committee.  There is a meeting of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure this Tuesday, but unfortunately HB 5595 is not currently on the agenda.  To his credit, Committee Chair Wayne Schmidt put the testimony on the agenda before, perhaps he can be persuaded

The Brass Roots Plaque

Spent shell casings were collected, melted down and made into a plaque commemorating the rally and casting in brass the Second Amendment to the US Constitution and Article I, Section 6 of the Michigan Constitution — alongside a 3-dimensional Statue of Liberty relief, created by famed, Michigan sculptor, Edward Chesney.

to add it to the agenda to be voted on.

Please call, email, and fax Wayne Schmidt to urge him to place HB 5595 on the December second agenda, and get everyone you know to do the same!  Schmidt was just elected to the State Senate to represent the 37th district, so calls from constituents in either the 104th State House district, or the 37th State Senate district will be especially effective.  All legislators are primarily accountable to people who live in their districts, so if you know sympathetic constituents in any committee member districts, please urge them to join our effort.

Also, it is important that your representative supports this when it comes to the floor.  Call your representative and your state senator!

Naturally, anyone who can show up in person Monday or Tuesday should do it.

There are only three weeks left in the 2014 legislative session.  If we don’t get this passed in the next three weeks, then the entire process must be restarted in 2015 assuming the bill is even reintroduced. There will be a legislative action day on December 10th, and it would be nice to have this bill in play by then.

 Transportation Committee:

Wayne Schmidt (R) Committee Chair, 104th District

Ben Glardon (R) Majority Vice-Chair, 85th District

Kevin Daley (R) 82nd District

Kurt Heise (R) 20th District

Bradford Jacobsen (R) 46th District

Margaret O’Brien (R) 61st District

Peter Pettalia (R) 106th District

Dan Lauwers (R) 81st District

Michael McCready (R) 40th District

Marilyn Lane (D) Minority Vice-Chair, 31st District

Scott Dianda (D) 110th District

David Rutledge (D) 54th District

Gretchen Driskell (D) 52nd District

Tom Cochran (D) 67th District

Charles Smiley (D) 50th District

Finally, while you are speaking to committee members, you may also ask them to support HB 5867.  This is an unrelated bill, other than the fact that it’s author is Martin Howrylak who also authored HB 5595.  While it is not normally good practice to support a bill because you like a different bill by the same legislator, HB 5867 is a common sense bill that would recognize people who must use motorized or manual wheelchairs as pedestrians rather than motorists.

PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES, AND MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR DECEMBER 10TH!

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Mary Lou Terrien, Committee Clerk

517-373-1260

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The Big Push In The Lame Duck

The Brass Roots Plaque had it’s hearing before the election.  Now we must get it voted out of committee.  Call, email, fax, snail mail, and get everyone you know to do the same!

If you are in any of these districts please contact your representative and urge him or her to have a committee hearing for this bill.  If you know anyone in one of these districts, urge your friend to do likewise.

Also, it is important that your representative supports this when it comes to the floor.  Call your representative and your state senator!

 Transportation Committee:

Wayne Schmidt (R) Committee Chair, 104th District

Ben Glardon (R) Majority Vice-Chair, 85th District

Kevin Daley (R) 82nd District

Kurt Heise (R) 20th District

Bradford Jacobsen (R) 46th District

Margaret O’Brien (R) 61st District

Peter Pettalia (R) 106th District

Dan Lauwers (R) 81st District

Michael McCready (R) 40th District

Marilyn Lane (D) Minority Vice-Chair, 31st District

Scott Dianda (D) 110th District

David Rutledge (D) 54th District

Gretchen Driskell (D) 52nd District

Tom Cochran (D) 67th District

Charles Smiley (D) 50th District

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Mary Lou Terrien, Committee Clerk

517-373-1260