Nofs’ MISS DIG bills signed by governor

LANSING—Two measures to update a 40-year-old state law and prevent damage to Michigan’s valuable underground infrastructure were signed into law by the governor on Tuesday, said sponsor Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek.

Public Acts 173 and 174 of 2013 create the MISS DIG Underground Facility Damage Prevention and Safety Act.

“These new laws are about preventing damage to facilities and potential injury or loss of life to individuals,” said Nofs, chair of the Senate Energy and Technology Committee. “I appreciate the many hours of hard work that were put in by so many people to help craft this important legislation. It was truly a team effort.”

The initiatives received unanimous, bipartisan support in the House and Senate and garnered widespread support from industry groups, trade associations, utilities and safety professionals.

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MISS DIG regulations clear final hurdle

For Immediate Release       
Nov. 14, 2013       

Contact: Greg Moore
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LANSING, Mich.—A two-bill package that creates the “MISS DIG Underground Facility Damage Prevention and Safety Act” has passed the Senate and now heads to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature, said sponsor Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek.

The measures update a 40-year-old state law designed to prevent damage to Michigan’s valuable underground infrastructure.

“This legislation is about preventing damage to facilities and potential injury or loss of life to individuals. Given the increasing number of facilities being placed underground all over this state and their importance in our daily lives, each of us has a vested interest in making sure they’re protected from damage.” 

The legislation received unanimous, bipartisan support in the House and Senate and garnered widespread support from industry groups, trade associations, utilities and safety professionals.

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Senate passes balanced budget resolution

For Immediate Release
Nov. 7, 2013

Contact: Greg Moore
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LANSING, Mich.—The Michigan Senate on Thursday approved a joint resolution petitioning Congress to call a constitutional convention to propose a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

“Sadly, due to Washington’s inability to control its appetite for spending, the time has come for the states to exercise their right under the Constitution to demand accountability,” said Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, one of the co-sponsors of the resolution.

Through Senate Joint Resolution V, Michigan joins nineteen other states in the process outlined under Article V of the U.S. Constitution, which specifies that upon application of 2/3 of the states, Congress shall call a convention for the purpose of proposing amendments to the Constitution. A total of 34 states are needed for the resolution to become binding on Congress.

“While it requires that difficult decisions be made, the State of Michigan operates under a constitutionally required balanced budget and it’s served us well. So if it’s good enough for Michigan, why not Washington?” Nofs said.

Currently, the national debt is $54,000 per person, or $16.7 trillion total, and just under $150,000 per taxpayer. By 2017, the federal debt is estimated to surpass $22 trillion.

SJR V now heads to the Michigan House of Representatives for further consideration.

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