Monthly Archives: June 2012

Allow Hunters to Help Farmers Protect Crops from Excess Deer

Agriculture is Michigan’s second largest industry, yet hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of crops are lost each year due to nuisance deer. The problem has been exacerbated over the years as the number of deer has increased. Continue reading

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Physical Therapy Lobbies Proos for Direct Access

Life in Balance Physical Therapy President Alex Markovich Monday morning coached state Sen. John Proos in Pilates. Life in Balance, 20 North Second Street, has been in Niles for 12 years and added locations in Mishawaka and South Bend. Continue reading

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Legislation to Help Keep Beaches, Lakes Cleaner

Lakeshore property owners will have more freedom to properly maintain their beaches under legislation expected to be signed soon by the governor, said Sen. John Proos.

“Southwest Michigan is blessed with miles of beautiful sandy beaches that attract millions of visitors and are key to a tourist industry that supports thousands of families and local small businesses,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “Removing costly government interference – that only inhibits the maintenance of our beaches – is a victory for everyone. It will enhance private property rights and result in beaches that are cleaner and safer for families and tourists to enjoy.”

Low water levels in 1999 exposed many Great Lakes beaches, which were quickly overrun with invasive plants and other weeds. State policy at the time was to prevent landowners from grooming their beaches to remove plants or prevent them from growing without a permit.

Senate Bill 1052 would eliminate certain Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) restrictions about how beach maintenance can be done. Property owners with sandy beaches would no longer need to get a permit from the DEQ for beach grooming activities, although some activities may still be subject to federal regulation.

“Allowing landowners to maintain their beaches will help increase outdoor activities and protect a vibrant tourism industry,” Proos said. “I supported this common-sense reform because it also achieves a balance between recreation and conservation. Eliminating unnecessary restrictions on property owners will enable them to keep their beaches sandy and open for use while enlisting their aid in stopping invasive species from taking hold in Michigan.”

Under SB 1052, owners of sandy beaches would not need a DEQ permit to remove vegetation and debris on the section of their beaches between the normal high-water mark and the water’s edge. Construction projects and digging of channels or dredging below the ordinary high-water mark would still be subject to a state permit.

“This will not affect a beachgoer’s ability to walk along the beach between the high-water line and the water’s edge,” Proos said. “In fact, it will improve that freedom by allowing landowners to maintain and clean that area of the beach.”
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Proos Praises Change to Vehicle Sales Tax

State Senator John Proos says that a change to the way that Michigan collects sales taxes on vehicle sales could help the economy. Recently, the Senate approved the plan to stop applying the six percent sales tax to the full value of a new or used vehicle purchase. Instead, the sales or use tax would be applied only to the difference between the price of the car or boat being bought, and the value of a trade in. Proos says that implementing this change would be relief for those making such a transaction. Continue reading

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Keeping Dangerous Drugs Out of Southwest Michigan Stores

Synthetic marijuana products are sold as harmless bath salts or incense, but are actually dangerous drugs that are harming Southwest Michigan residents, especially young people. Continue reading

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Proos Opening District Office in St. Joe

John Proos opening a new office in Saint Joseph. The Republican lawmaker says that when he was in the State House, there weren’t resources for such a local office, but now that he’s representing some 300 thousand plus people, it’s time to have a more permanent presence in the district. Continue reading

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Proos Nuisance Deer Legislation Goes to the Governor

State Senator John Proos says that he has a plan to help Michigan farmers better protect their crops from nuisance deer. Legislation that he introduced to hook those farmers up with eager hunters is now on its way to Governor Rick Snyder. Under Proos’ bill, farmers looking to rid themselves of those troublesome deer can simply contact the Department of Natural Resources and find out who in their county has signed up to be a special volunteer hunter. Continue reading

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