Nofs holding Tuesday town hall meetings

 

Who:           State Sen. Mike Nofs, R- Battle Creek.

What:          Nofs will be holding three town hall meetings in the 19th Senate District concerning Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed budget. The first two meetings will include a special presentation by the Senate Fiscal Agency.

When & Where:              Tuesday, March 29

Noon-2 p.m.
Burnham Brook Community Center, 200 W. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek;

4-6 p.m.
Jackson City Hall, Second Floor, 161 W. Michigan Ave., Jackson; and

7-9 p.m.
Napoleon Township Hall, 6755 Brooklyn Road, Napoleon.
               
Brief:           Nofs said: “The governor has proposed a bold budget that includes many significant reforms and spending reductions. These town hall meetings are designed to engage the public in the process, by outlining the governor’s plan and listening to feedback from residents. I encourage my constituents to attend one of these events, and I look forward to seeing them there.” 

Sen. Nofs announces town hall meetings

LANSING—Sen. Mike Nofs announced Tuesday that he will be holding three town hall meetings in the 19th District on March 29 concerning Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed 2012-13 budget. The first two meetings will include a special presentation by the Senate Fiscal Agency.

“The governor has proposed a bold budget that includes many significant reforms and spending reductions,” said Nofs, R-Battle Creek. “These town hall meetings are designed to engage the public in the process, by outlining the governor’s plan and listening to feedback from residents.  I encourage my constituents to attend one of these events, and I look forward to seeing them there.”

The locations and times of the Tuesday, March 29 meetings are:

Noon-2 p.m.
Burnham Brook Community Center, 200 W. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek;

4-6 p.m.
Jackson City Hall, Second Floor, 161 W. Michigan Ave., Jackson; and

7-9 p.m.
Napoleon Township Hall, 6755 Brooklyn Road., Napoleon.

Nofs, Shirkey and AT&T Deliver Free Phone Cards to Michigan Active Duty Military Families

LANSING, MI—Military families from the Jackson area will stay better connected with their loved ones stationed overseas thanks to 100 free phone cards made available to the Jackson Armory by AT&T, state Sen. Mike Nofs and state Rep. Mike Shirkey announced today. The armory serves military families in Jackson as well as Branch, Berrien, Calhoun, Cass, Hillsdale, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph and Van Buren counties.

“Our active duty military families do so much to keep our country safe,” said Nofs, R-Battle Creek.  “I want to thank AT&T for providing these calling cards to help keep them connected even when they’re a world apart.”

Shirkey, R-Clark Lake, added: “Soldiers from across Michigan put their lives on hold and on the line every day to protect our families.  AT&T’s generous calling card donation is one small step to help keep them connected with their loved ones back at home.”

In total, 1,000 phone cards were presented to active duty members of the military and their families today at armories throughout Michigan.

“Families across the state will stay better connected with their loved ones serving our nation overseas thanks to these phone cards,” said Family Assistance Coordinator Justin Dyess from Michigan’s Joint Forces Headquarters in Lansing.  “We are grateful to lawmakers and companies like AT&T for their continuing support of our armed forces.”

“For those of us at home, it’s impossible to imagine the reality faced by our troops each day. Helping them stay in touch with their families is just a small way of saying ‘thank you’ for all they do,” said AT&T President Jim Murray.  “These AT&T phone cards will keep them connected no matter where overseas they’re serving, from Kuwait to Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Since the onset of hostilities in the Middle East, AT&T has donated more than $6 million in prepaid phone cards to our troops.

Calling cards were presented this week to Camp Grayling as well as Michigan armories in Grand Ledge, Jackson, Ishpeming, Sault Ste. Marie, Taylor and Wyoming.

Nofs sponsors bill to combat mortgage fraud

LANSING –- Sen. Mike Nofs introduced legislation Wednesday as part of a package to help crack down on mortgage fraud and punish offenders.

“Mortgage fraud devastates innocent Michigan families every year and undermines the faith in our financial system,” said Nofs, R-Battle Creek. “We must give law enforcement officials the tools necessary to investigate, prosecute and punish mortgage fraud offenders.”

Nofs’ measure, Senate Bill 251, would extend the statute of limitations for bringing an indictment for mortgage fraud from 6 to 10 years.

“This expanded timeframe is necessary because mortgage fraud often doesn't come to light right away and investigating it can take quite a bit of time,” said Nofs, vice chair of the Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee.  “Many times by the point the victim discovers and reports the crime, it is already too late to prosecute.  That isn’t fair or just. My bill, and this entire package, will help protect consumers from mortgage fraud and properly punish offenders.”

The nine-bill package would classify mortgage fraud as a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine. It includes reforms to increase the penalties for fraudulent activities such as counterfeiting or forging real estate deeds and violating the notary public law.

Senate Bills 43, 44 and 249-253 have been referred to the Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee for consideration.  Two other bills, pertaining to forging deeds, are expected to be introduced soon in the House.
 

Nofs protects death benefit for public safety officers killed in the line of duty

 

LANSING— Sen. Mike Nofs successfully protected death benefits for police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty in emergency manager legislation approved by the Michigan Senate on Wednesday.

“While I recognize the need to provide emergency managers with the tools they need to help pull struggling schools and communities back from the brink of financial ruin, protecting the negotiated death benefits for the families of police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty is simply the right thing to do,” said Nofs, R-Battle Creek.

Nofs’ amendment states that “the payment of a benefit upon the death of a police officer or firefighter that occurs in the line of duty shall not be impaired and is not subject to any provision of this act.”

The legislative package is designed to help prevent financial emergencies in school districts or local units of government and give emergency managers more tools to rescue those in financial distress.

Nofs also supported amendments to limit the salary of an emergency manager, limit the ability to alter retirement agreements and strengthen the conflict of interest standards for emergency managers.

Senate Bills 157 and 158 and House Bill 4214 have been sent to the House for consideration.  House Bills 4216-4218 now head to the House to be enrolled and presented to the governor.