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Horse Trail Bill Gallops Out Of Committee   1/26/10

State conservation officials would need to reconsider closing off certain trails in the Pigeon River state forest and a handful of other northern Michigan locations under legislation adopted today in a House Committee.

SB 0578 moved through the House Tourism Outdoor Recreation & Natural Resources Committee this morning with only a technical change, and when combined with HB 4610, provided some relief for angry horseback riders who had been shut out of riding their animals on certain trails up north out of concerns it would disqualify the state from certain federal money.

The piece of the legislation that moved today would create a new Equine Trailways Advisory Council, which would presumably give the state's horseback riders better representation than they believe they're currently getting on the state's Natural Resources Commission (NRC).

The House passed HB 4610, which is sponsored by Rep. Tim MOORE (R-Farwell), on a 76-26 vote by the House on Nov. 11. The Senate, on a 35-2 vote, passed SB 0578, which is sponsored by Sen. Cameron BROWN (R-Fawn River Twp.), on Dec. 17.

The Senate vote on SB 0578 only came after the bill had bounced through two Senate committees, (See "Horse Riding Bill Gallops To Ag Committee," 11/12/09). Now there is an apparent deal to get both bills to Gov. Jennifer GRANHOLM's desk.

According to Committee Chair Joel SHELTROWN (D-West Branch), the Senate is expected to pass HB 4610 "very soon" and then the House would take up both bills next week.

The Department of Natural Resources and the Environment (DNRE) continues to oppose the legislation. Officials claim the horses cause several habitat and environmental problems. But, according to testimony today and previously, the horseback riders claim the DNRE is simply siding with skiers and others who don't want to share some of the trails.

The new Equine Trailways Advisory Council would make recommendations on a statewide network of pack and saddle animal trailways to the Michigan Snowmobile and Trails Advisory Council, which in turn would make recommendations to the Natural Resources Commission (NRC).

The NRC would have to adopt a statewide trailway network plan that included various types of trailways, including pack and saddle trailways, and that specified the uses allowed on each trailway segment.

Click here to read SB-0578, As Passed Senate, December 17, 2009


Dear Friends/ Members & Supporters 

What a great day at our State Capitol!  December 17, 2009
 
"A GIANT STEP WAS TAKEN", as our lobbyist Kevin Korpi stated to us, in getting the  process of our "Right to Ride" legislation  passed yesterday.  It is far from over but, what a great way to end the year! With an ALMOST unanimous decision to pass this bill sends a clear message to the Governor and to the people of this state. The final vote was 35 yes to 2 no votes-with one absent!   Grassroots can work-and they are listening to We The People!  We will continue to stay focused till our mission is accomplished!  A huge thank you goes out to everyone who wrote or called their legislators!  It does work-we are proving it one day and one step at a time!    Real Teamwork!
 
Now this bill will be sent back to the House. HB 4610 will remain, at this time, on the floor of the Senate for a few adjustments...both bills will need to pass both House and Senate before our bill will become law... We will soon give a step by step update with what will happen next so everyone can understand the process.  Please-we must remember to stay tuned and stay focused-good things are happening for the state of Michigan for the Equine Industry!!!
 
We want to apologize for not being able to send out the alert in time for everyone to get to Lansing for this day-but, did the best we could for representation! When the log jam broke things happened at the speed of light!  Guess that's how government works!  We are getting a real education with this process.
 
Wishing all our Back Country members a
"Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!"
 
Pictured below are as follows from left to right:
 
Kendra Everett-Senator Brown's Legislative assistant
Dick Kleinhardt-Pres. PR & B-BCHMI
Senator Cameron Brown
Gordon Davis-Director
Kathy Lawless-Treasurer
Norma Laine-Director
Connie Kleinhardt-Secretary
 
  Not pictured but present this day were:  Mike Stinson, Virginia Franklin, Pat Galloup and Kim Emmons.  All members!  Thank you so much for taking the time to spend the day with us!

For Immediate Release 				Contact: Matt Sweeney
Dec. 17, 2009 (517) 373-5932

Sen. Brown’s ‘Right to Ride’ legislation approved by Senate
 
LANSING — Legislation introduced by Sen. Cameron S. Brown that will
protect the rights of horse riders on state land was approved Thursday
by the Michigan Senate.
 
Brown introduced Senate Bill 578 at the request of constituents from
Hillsdale County and other riders from across the sate after the
Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) closed trails to horses
on state land – including the popular Pigeon River Country State
Forest.
 
“For decades, horse riders have responsibly shared the trails of
Michigan’s beautiful state parks with hunters, hikers and campers,”
said Brown, R-Fawn River Township. “The decision by the DNR to
suddenly and severely limit this access is yet another disappointing
example of government overstepping its boundaries.”
 
Brown’s SB 578 will require the DNR to make decisions affecting state
trail access in a public forum and based on sound science and public
safety considerations. The bill will also establish a statewide network
of public trails for all users.
 
“Riders come from all over to enjoy Michigan’s scenic trails,”
Brown said. “This is no time to turn away tourists, nor to turn our
backs on years of tradition in which people of all ages explore our
wondrous public lands on horseback. This legislation will bring
much-needed transparency and accountability to trail access decision
making.”

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H.B. 4610 HAS PASSED THE HOUSE 76 TO 26!
 
Now onto the Senate for the next step!
 
Everyone's hard work is paying off!
 
Thank you to all that worked so hard to accomplish this!

Please take some time to thank all those

that helped to make this possible! 

Click here for video.

The passage of this bill is a testament to how much power the people hold when they work together, rally together and contact their legislators!

The northern connection:
Lindberg voted NO
Lahti voted NO
Scripps voted NO
Gary McDowell was absent.

Click here for the BCHMI FaceBook group.

Click here for map of downtown Lansing

Click here for older version of S.B. 578

 

Substitute for Senate Bill No. 578

SB-0578, As Passed Senate, December 17, 2009

SUBSTITUTE FOR
SENATE BILL NO. 578

A bill to amend 1994 PA 451, entitled
"Natural resources and environmental protection act,"
(MCL 324.101 to 324.90106) by adding sections 72114, 72115, and
72116.
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:
SEC. 72114. (1) WITHIN 1 YEAR AFTER R 1 ECEIVING RECOMMENDATIONS
2 FROM THE MICHIGAN SNOWMOBILE AND TRAILS ADVISORY COUNCIL, THE
3 COMMISSION SHALL ADOPT A PLAN FOR A STATEWIDE TRAILWAY NETWORK THAT
4 INCLUDES MICHIGAN TRAILWAYS, PACK AND SADDLE TRAILWAYS, AND OTHER
5 RECREATIONAL USE TRAILWAYS. THE PLAN FOR A STATEWIDE TRAILWAY
6 NETWORK SHALL BE DESIGNED TO ACCOMMODATE A VARIETY OF PUBLIC
7 RECREATION USES AND SHALL SPECIFY THE TYPES OF USES THAT ARE
8 ALLOWED ON EACH TRAILWAY SEGMENT. FOLLOWING ADOPTION OF THE PLAN
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FOR A STATEWIDE TRAILWAY NETWORK, 1 IF THE COMMISSION DETERMINES, AT
2 A MEETING OF THE COMMISSION, THAT ADDITIONAL TRAILWAYS SHOULD BE
3 ADDED TO THE PLAN, THAT THE PLAN SHOULD BE MODIFIED TO INCLUDE
4 ADDITIONAL MICHIGAN TRAILWAYS OR PACK AND SADDLE TRAILWAYS, OR THAT
5 USES ON PARTICULAR TRAILWAY SEGMENTS AS PROVIDED IN THE PLAN SHOULD
6 BE MODIFIED, THE COMMISSION MAY UPDATE THE PLAN FOR A STATEWIDE
7 TRAILWAY NETWORK.
8 (2) UPON ADOPTION OF A PLAN FOR A STATEWIDE TRAILWAY NETWORK
9 UNDER SUBSECTION (1), THE DEPARTMENT SHALL MAKE THE PLAN AVAILABLE
10 ON THE DEPARTMENT'S WEBSITE.
11 (3) WITHIN 1 YEAR AFTER RECEIVING RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE
12 EQUINE TRAILWAYS ADVISORY COUNCIL UNDER SECTION 72116, THE MICHIGAN
13 SNOWMOBILE AND TRAILS ADVISORY COUNCIL SHALL REVIEW RECOMMENDATIONS
14 FROM THE EQUINE TRAILWAYS ADVISORY COUNCIL AS WELL AS OTHER
15 INTERESTED TRAILWAY USERS AND SHALL MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE
16 COMMISSION FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A PLAN FOR A STATEWIDE TRAILWAY
17 NETWORK UNDER SUBSECTION (1).
18 (4) IF THE MICHIGAN SNOWMOBILE AND TRAILS ADVISORY COUNCIL
19 DOES NOT SUBMIT RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE COMMISSION AS PROVIDED FOR
20 IN SUBSECTION (3), WITHIN 2 YEARS AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE
21 AMENDATORY ACT THAT ADDED THIS SECTION, THE COMMISSION SHALL REVIEW
22 THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE EQUINE TRAILWAYS ADVISORY COUNCIL OR THE
23 DEPARTMENT UNDER SECTION 72116 AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF OTHER
24 INTERESTED TRAILWAY USERS AND SHALL ADOPT A PLAN FOR A STATEWIDE
25 TRAILWAY NETWORK AS PROVIDED FOR IN SUBSECTION (1).
26 SEC. 72115. (1) PACK AND SADDLE ANIMALS SHALL NOT BE
27 RESTRICTED FROM ACCESS TO PUBLIC LAND OWNED, MANAGED, OR FUNDED BY
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THE STATE ON PACK AND SADDLE TRAILWAYS 1 THAT HAVE PREVIOUSLY BEEN
2 OPEN FOR USE BY PACK AND SADDLE ANIMALS AT ANY TIME. HOWEVER,
3 ACCESS MAY BE RESTRICTED ON THESE LANDS IF CONDITIONS ARE NOT
4 SUITABLE FOR PACK AND SADDLE ANIMALS BECAUSE OF PUBLIC SAFETY
5 CONCERNS, NECESSARY MAINTENANCE, OR FOR REASONS RELATED TO THE
6 MISSION OF THE DEPARTMENT IF THE RESTRICTION IS BASED ON SOUND
7 SCIENCE, TO THE GREATEST EXTENT PRACTICABLE, AND VALIDATED WITH
8 DOCUMENTATION THAT IS MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC. PRIOR TO
9 DETERMINING THAT ACCESS BY PACK AND SADDLE ANIMALS BE RESTRICTED,
10 THE DEPARTMENT SHALL MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO RESOLVE ANY PUBLIC SAFETY
11 OR MAINTENANCE CONCERNS. SUBJECT TO SUBSECTION (2), THE DEPARTMENT
12 SHALL NOT RESTRICT PACK AND SADDLE ANIMALS FROM LANDS DESCRIBED IN
13 THIS SUBSECTION UNLESS ALL OF THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS ARE MET:
14 (A) THE COMMISSION, UPON REQUEST OF THE DEPARTMENT, HOLDS A
15 PUBLIC MEETING ON A PROPOSAL TO RESTRICT ACCESS BY PACK AND SADDLE
16 ANIMALS ON TRAILWAYS AND EQUINE ACCESS LOCATIONS TO RECEIVE
17 TESTIMONY FROM THE GENERAL PUBLIC. THE COMMISSION SHALL INVITE THE
18 ADVISORY COUNCIL, THE EQUINE TRAILWAYS ADVISORY COUNCIL, AND THE
19 MICHIGAN HORSE COUNCIL TO ATTEND THE MEETING.
20 (B) THE DEPARTMENT, AFTER CONSIDERING TESTIMONY AT THE
21 COMMISSION MEETING UNDER SUBDIVISION (A), PROVIDES A SPECIFIC
22 RATIONALE FOR ITS DETERMINATION TO RESTRICT ACCESS BY PACK AND
23 SADDLE ANIMALS.
24 (C) ANY DECISION BY THE DEPARTMENT TO RESTRICT ACCESS BY PACK
25 AND SADDLE ANIMALS SHALL NOT TAKE EFFECT FOR A PERIOD OF TIME SET
26 BY THE DEPARTMENT, BUT NOT LESS THAN 60 DAYS. HOWEVER, IF THE
27 DIRECTOR DETERMINES THAT A RESTRICTION MUST BE IMPOSED BECAUSE OF
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AN IMMINENT THREAT TO PUBLIC 1 HEALTH, SAFETY, WELFARE, OR THE
2 ENVIRONMENT, THE DIRECTOR MAY ISSUE A TEMPORARY ORDER RESTRICTING
3 ACCESS BY PACK AND SADDLE ANIMALS FOR 30 DAYS OR UNTIL THE THREAT
4 IS ABATED. A TEMPORARY ORDER UNDER THIS SUBDIVISION MAY BE REISSUED
5 IF THE THREAT PERSISTS.
6 (D) A WRITTEN STATEMENT SHALL BE POSTED AT THE TRAILHEAD IN
7 WHICH THE RESTRICTION IS IMPOSED STATING THE CAUSE AND ESTIMATED
8 DURATION OF THE CLOSURE.
9 (E) A LIST OF PACK AND SADDLE TRAILWAYS ON WHICH THE
10 DEPARTMENT HAS RESTRICTED ACCESS FOR PACK AND SADDLE ANIMALS SHALL
11 BE POSTED ON THE DEPARTMENT'S WEBSITE AND NOTIFICATION SHALL BE
12 PROVIDED TO THE EQUINE TRAILWAYS ADVISORY COUNCIL CREATED IN
13 SECTION 72116.
14 (2) RESTRICTIONS ON ACCESS BY PACK AND SADDLE ANIMALS THAT
15 WERE IN EFFECT ON THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE AMENDATORY ACT THAT
16 ADDED THIS SECTION SHALL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL THOSE RESTRICTIONS
17 ARE REVIEWED USING THE PROCESS OUTLINED IN SUBSECTION (1). THE
18 COMMISSION SHALL REVIEW THE RESTRICTIONS ON ACCESS BY PACK AND
19 SADDLE ANIMALS PREVIOUSLY IMPOSED BY THE DEPARTMENT IN THE
20 FOLLOWING AREAS ACCORDING TO THE FOLLOWING TIMELINES:
21 (A) NOT LATER THAN MAY 15, 2010, THE PIGEON RIVER COUNTRY
22 STATE FOREST.
23 (B) NOT LATER THAN JANUARY 1, 2011, THE LAPEER STATE GAME AREA
24 AND THE GLADWIN STATE GAME AREA.
25 (C) NOT LATER THAN JANUARY 1, 2012, THE LOST NATION STATE GAME
26 AREA AND THE BLUEBERRY RIDGE PATHWAY.
27 (3) THIS SECTION DOES NOT REQUIRE PACK AND SADDLE ANIMALS TO
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BE EXCLUDED FROM NEW TRAILWAYS ON 1 PUBLIC LANDS UNLESS RESTRICTED BY
2 THE COMMISSION AS PROVIDED IN SUBSECTION (1).
3 (4) A PERSON SHALL NOT USE PACK AND SADDLE ANIMALS ON STATE
4 OWNED LAND EXCEPT ON PACK AND SADDLE TRAILWAYS THAT ARE OPEN FOR
5 ACCESS BY PACK AND SADDLE ANIMALS.
6 SEC. 72116. (1) THE EQUINE TRAILWAYS ADVISORY COUNCIL IS
7 CREATED WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT. THE DEPARTMENT MAY PROVIDE STAFFING
8 AND ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT TO THE EQUINE TRAILWAYS ADVISORY
9 COUNCIL. THE EQUINE TRAILWAYS ADVISORY COUNCIL MAY ALSO BE STAFFED
10 AND FUNDED BY USER GROUPS AND OTHER INTERESTED PERSONS.
11 (2) THE EQUINE TRAILWAYS ADVISORY COUNCIL SHALL CONSIST OF THE
12 DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT OR HIS OR HER DESIGNEE AND THE FOLLOWING
13 MEMBERS APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR WITH THE ADVICE AND CONSENT OF
14 THE SENATE:
15 (A) ONE INDIVIDUAL REPRESENTING THE STATE'S TOURISM INDUSTRY.
16 (B) FIVE INDIVIDUALS REPRESENTING THE EQUINE INDUSTRY AS
17 FOLLOWS:
18 (i) ONE INDIVIDUAL FROM THE UPPER PENINSULA.
19 (ii) ONE INDIVIDUAL FROM THE NORTHERN LOWER PENINSULA.
20 (iii) ONE INDIVIDUAL FROM THE CENTRAL LOWER PENINSULA.
21 (iv) ONE INDIVIDUAL FROM THE SOUTHEASTERN LOWER PENINSULA.
22 (v) ONE INDIVIDUAL FROM THE SOUTHWESTERN LOWER PENINSULA.
23 (3) THE MEMBERS FIRST APPOINTED TO THE EQUINE TRAILWAYS
24 ADVISORY COUNCIL SHALL BE APPOINTED WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE
25 EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE AMENDATORY ACT THAT ADDED THIS SECTION.
26 (4) MEMBERS OF THE EQUINE TRAILWAYS ADVISORY COUNCIL SHALL
27 SERVE FOR TERMS OF 4 YEARS OR UNTIL A SUCCESSOR IS APPOINTED,
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WHICHEVER IS LATER, EXCEPT THAT OF 1 THE MEMBERS FIRST APPOINTED 2
2 SHALL SERVE FOR 2 YEARS, 2 SHALL SERVE FOR 3 YEARS, AND 3 SHALL
3 SERVE FOR 4 YEARS.
4 (5) IF A VACANCY OCCURS ON THE EQUINE TRAILWAYS ADVISORY
5 COUNCIL, AN APPOINTMENT FOR THE UNEXPIRED TERM SHALL BE MADE IN THE
6 SAME MANNER AS THE ORIGINAL APPOINTMENT.
7 (6) A MEMBER OF THE EQUINE TRAILWAYS ADVISORY COUNCIL MAY BE
8 REMOVED FOR INCOMPETENCY, DERELICTION OF DUTY, MALFEASANCE,
9 MISFEASANCE, OR NONFEASANCE IN OFFICE, OR ANY OTHER GOOD CAUSE.
10 (7) THE FIRST MEETING OF THE EQUINE TRAILWAYS ADVISORY COUNCIL
11 SHALL BE CALLED BY THE DIRECTOR WITHIN 30 DAYS AFTER THE
12 APPOINTMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE. AT THE FIRST MEETING, THE EQUINE
13 TRAILWAYS ADVISORY COUNCIL SHALL ELECT FROM AMONG ITS MEMBERS A
14 CHAIRPERSON AND OTHER OFFICERS AS IT CONSIDERS NECESSARY OR
15 APPROPRIATE. AFTER THE FIRST MEETING, THE EQUINE TRAILWAYS ADVISORY
16 COUNCIL SHALL MEET AT LEAST QUARTERLY, OR MORE FREQUENTLY AT THE
17 CALL OF THE CHAIRPERSON OR IF REQUESTED BY 3 OR MORE MEMBERS.
18 (8) A MAJORITY OF THE MEMBERS OF THE EQUINE TRAILWAYS ADVISORY
19 COUNCIL CONSTITUTE A QUORUM FOR THE TRANSACTION OF BUSINESS AT A
20 MEETING OF THE EQUINE TRAILWAYS ADVISORY COUNCIL. A MAJORITY OF THE
21 MEMBERS PRESENT AND SERVING ARE REQUIRED FOR OFFICIAL ACTION OF THE
22 EQUINE TRAILWAYS ADVISORY COUNCIL.
23 (9) THE BUSINESS THAT THE EQUINE TRAILWAYS ADVISORY COUNCIL
24 MAY PERFORM SHALL BE CONDUCTED AT A PUBLIC MEETING OF THE EQUINE
25 TRAILWAYS ADVISORY COUNCIL HELD IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE OPEN
26 MEETINGS ACT, 1976 PA 267, MCL 15.261 TO 15.275.
27 (10) A WRITING PREPARED, OWNED, USED, IN THE POSSESSION OF, OR
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RETAINED BY THE EQUINE TRAILWAYS 1 ADVISORY COUNCIL IN THE
2 PERFORMANCE OF AN OFFICIAL FUNCTION IS SUBJECT TO THE FREEDOM OF
3 INFORMATION ACT, 1976 PA 442, MCL 15.231 TO 15.246.
4 (11) MEMBERS OF THE EQUINE TRAILWAYS ADVISORY COUNCIL SHALL
5 SERVE WITHOUT COMPENSATION. HOWEVER, MEMBERS OF THE EQUINE
6 TRAILWAYS ADVISORY COUNCIL MAY BE REIMBURSED FOR THEIR ACTUAL AND
7 NECESSARY EXPENSES INCURRED IN THE PERFORMANCE OF THEIR OFFICIAL
8 DUTIES AS MEMBERS OF THE EQUINE TRAILWAYS ADVISORY COUNCIL.
9 (12) THE EQUINE TRAILWAYS ADVISORY COUNCIL SHALL DO ALL OF THE
10 FOLLOWING:
11 (A) WITHIN 1 YEAR AFTER THE APPOINTMENT OF ITS MEMBERS,
12 PREPARE AND SUBMIT TO THE MICHIGAN SNOWMOBILE AND TRAILS ADVISORY
13 COUNCIL A RECOMMENDED PLAN FOR A STATEWIDE NETWORK OF PACK AND
14 SADDLE TRAILWAYS. THE RECOMMENDED PLAN FOR A STATEWIDE PACK AND
15 SADDLE TRAILWAYS NETWORK SHALL INCLUDE BOTH OF THE FOLLOWING:
16 (i) ALL PACK AND SADDLE TRAILWAYS ON STATE OWNED LAND THAT HAVE
17 PREVIOUSLY BEEN OPEN FOR USE BY PACK AND SADDLE ANIMALS AT ANY TIME
18 AND THAT THE EQUINE TRAILWAYS ADVISORY COUNCIL DETERMINES ARE
19 APPROPRIATE FOR PACK AND SADDLE TRAILWAYS.
20 (ii) ALL ADDITIONAL STATE LANDS THAT THE EQUINE TRAILWAYS
21 ADVISORY COUNCIL DETERMINES WOULD BE APPROPRIATE FOR PACK AND
22 SADDLE ANIMALS AND WOULD CONTRIBUTE TO A STATEWIDE NETWORK OF PACK
23 AND SADDLE TRAILWAYS.
24 (B) ADVISE THE COMMISSION AND THE DEPARTMENT ON THE
25 DEVELOPMENT AND USE OF THE PACK AND SADDLE TRAILWAYS NETWORK.
26 (C) ADVISE THE COMMISSION AND THE DEPARTMENT ON OTHER MATTERS
27 RELATED TO THE PROMOTION OF THE STATE'S EQUINE INDUSTRY.
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(D) ADVISE 1 THE COMMISSION AND THE DEPARTMENT ON FUNDING TO
2 CONDUCT PACK AND SADDLE TRAILWAY REVIEWS UNDER SECTION 72115 AND TO
3 PROVIDE FOR THE REOPENING OF PREVIOUSLY CLOSED PACK AND SADDLE
4 TRAILWAYS, THE PRESERVATION OF EXISTING PACK AND SADDLE TRAILWAYS,
5 AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW PACK AND SADDLE TRAILWAYS ACROSS THE
6 STATE.
7 (13) IF THE EQUINE TRAILWAYS ADVISORY COUNCIL IS NOT APPOINTED
8 AS PROVIDED FOR IN THIS SECTION, THE DEPARTMENT SHALL, WITHIN 2
9 YEARS AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE AMENDATORY ACT THAT ADDED
10 THIS SECTION, WORK WITH THE EQUINE INDUSTRY TO DEVELOP A PLAN FOR A
11 STATEWIDE NETWORK OF PACK AND SADDLE TRAILWAYS AND SHALL SUBMIT
12 THAT PLAN TO THE COMMISSION.
13 Enacting section 1. This amendatory act does not take effect
14 unless House Bill No. 4610 of the 95th Legislature is enacted into
15 law.

Senators to contact, in addition to your own:

SB 578, Right to Ride is before the NAT RESOURCES & ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS committee.

 

*Senator Patricia Birkholz:

SenPBirkholz@senate.michigan.gov;

Office Phone: (517) 373-3447

 

*Sen Gerald VanWoerkom:

SenGVanWoerkom@senate.michigan.gov;

Office Phone: (517) 373-1635

 

Senator Bruce Patterson:

SenBPatterson@senate.michigan.gov;

Office Phone: (517) 373-7350

 

Senator Raymond Basham:

SenRBasham@senate.michigan.gov

Office Phone: (517) 373-7800

 

*Senator John Gleason:

SenJGleason@senate.michigan.gov;

Office Phone: (517) 373-0142

 

Clerk: Joy Brewer;

jbrewer@senate.michigan.gov

Phone: (517) 373-3447

 

We need to encourage the senators to pass this bill in their committee to get it to the floor for discussion.

Our Right-to-Ride legislation has far-reaching impacts on other economic areas of Michigan as well. When you email or write, send  copies to senators on these committees:

HUNTING, FISHING AND OUTDOOR RECREATION:

Senator Jim Barcia:

SenJBarcia@senate.michigan.gov;

Office Phone: (517) 373-1777

 

Senator Michelle McManus:

SenMMcManus@senate.michigan.gov;

Office Phone: (517) 373-1725

 

Senator Alan Cropsey:

SenACropsey@senate.michigan.gov;

Office Phone: (517) 373-3760

 

*Senator Jason Allen:

SenJAllen@senate.michigan.gov;

Office Phone: (517) 373-2413

 

Senator Michael Prusi:

SenMPrusi@senate.michigan.gov;

Office Phone: (517) 373-7840

 

Clerk: Jennifer Barnes:

Jbarnes@senate.michigan.gov;

Phone (517) 373-1777

 

COMMERCE & TOURISM:

 

*Senator Jason Allen:

SenJAllen@senate.michigan.gov;

Office Phone: (517) 373-2413

 

*Senator Judson Gilbert II:

SenJGilbert@senate.michigan.gov;

Office Phone: (517) 373-7708

 

Senator Tony Stamas:

http://www.senate.michigan.gov/stamas;

Office Phone: (517) 373-7946

 

Senator Hansen Clarke:

SenHansenClarke@senate.michigan.gov;

Office Phone: (517) 373-7346

 

Senator Tupac A. Hunter:

SenTAHunter@senate.michigan.gov;

Office Phone: (517) 373-0994

 

Clerk: Christopher Glass:

cglass@senate.michigan.gov :

Phone: (517) 373-2413

 

AGRICULTURE AND BIOECONOMY:

 

*Sen Gerald VanWoerkom:

SenGVanWoerkom@senate.michigan.gov;

Office Phone: (517) 373-1635

 

*Senator Judson Gilbert II:

SenJGilbert@senate.michigan.gov;

Office Phone: (517) 373-7708

 

*Senator Patricia Birkholz:

SenPBirkholz@senate.michigan.gov;

Office Phone: (517) 373-3447

 

*Senator John Gleason:

SenJGleason@senate.michigan.gov;

Office Phone: (517) 373-0142

 

Senator Gretchen Whitmer:

SenGWhitmer@senate.michigan.gov;

Office Phone: (517) 373-1734

 

Clerk: Jordan Hankwitz:

jhankwitz@senate.michigan.gov;

Phone (517) 373-1635

 

* Names indicate that senator is on more than one committee.

SB 496, Bridle tag fees is still in Senator Patricia Birkholz’s committee. Senators Birkholz; John Gleason; Bruce Patterson; Gerald VanWoerkom. Their names are listed above for email and phone numbers. Considering the fact that there are diminished trail riding opportunities here in Michigan, PRB, BCHMI is withholding support of this legislation until equestrian trails are secured through HB 4610 and SB 578.

 

Please continue to write to senators on these committees and send a copy to YOUR senator. The mailing address for ALL senators is:  Honorable Senator Name, Post Office Box 30036, Lansing, MI 48909-7536

Click here to go to the original H.B. 4610 page.