Photo Advisory: Sen. Hansen and colleagues recognize conservation efforts by Whitehall Middle School students

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, and colleagues stand in the Senate chamber on Thursday in honor of National Skip the Straw Day, held every year on the fourth Friday in February.

A student group at Whitehall Middle School known as the Coral Keepers — along with their advisor, Susan Tate — founded National Skip the Straw Day this year to encourage Americans to “give up the straw habit” and to help spread awareness about the damage caused by disposable plastic straws.

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Pictured, from left: Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek; Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive; Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake; Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland; Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton; Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart; Sen. Marty Knollenberg, R-Troy.

Sen. Hansen comments on governor’s 2018 budget plan

Sen. Goeff Hansen

Sen. Goeff Hansen

LANSING, Mich. — After listening to Gov. Rick Snyder’s presentation of his proposed Fiscal Year 2018 state budget on Wednesday, Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, issued the following statement:

“Governor Snyder’s budget provides a sensible, sound blueprint for continued job growth and fiscal responsibility for Michigan.

“As a senator representing a district whose economy is strong in the areas of tourism and natural resources, a few months ago I requested a significant investment to upgrade our state parks system, which is sorely needed.

“I was particularly pleased today to hear that the governor’s budget does include a nearly $20 million upgrade for our state parks and $1.8 million for an increase in the number of conservation officers.

“In addition, the budget includes $3.8 million for an increased focus on the state’s wetland mitigation bank program, with a specific focus on creating or restoring wetlands on state land to both preserve and enhance our wetland resource base and help allow for the development of wetlands in other areas where appropriate.

“These investments will benefit not only the state, but Muskegon and the entire 34th District as well.

“This is just the beginning of the budget process; I look forward to working with my colleagues over the next few months to pass a balanced budget that includes these priorities.”

Senate’s Natural Resources Committee and Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Committee to hold joint hearing

LANSING, Mich. — State Sens. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, and Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, announced Friday the Senate’s Natural Resources Committee and Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Committee will hold a joint hearing on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 12:30 p.m. EST. The committees will consider testimony from the public on hunting and fishing issues.

The meeting will be held in room 1200 of the Binsfeld Senate Office Building, located at 201 Townsend St. in Lansing.

Additionally, members of the public will be able to participate remotely via teleconference. Those locations are:

Bay College West Campus, Room 232
2801 N. U.S. 2
Iron Mountain

Joseph Heirman University Center, Room 963
Bay De Noc Community College
2001 N. Lincoln Rd.
Escanaba

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Photo Advisory: Sen. Hansen welcomes Muskegon County prosecutor to Capitol for State of the State

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, stands in the Senate chamber with Muskegon County Prosecutor D.J. Hilson (right). Hilson joined Hansen for Gov. Rick Snyder’s seventh State of the State address Tuesday night.

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Sen. Goeff Hansen comments on State of the State address

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, offered the following statement Tuesday after Gov. Rick Snyder delivered his 2017 State of the State address:

“Governor Snyder did a good job tonight highlighting the many accomplishments and positive changes in Michigan over the past year while noting the need for ongoing work.

“We must continue to invest in education and implement smart reforms that empower parents and students with increased choice and flexibility to better meet their needs and future educational goals.

“The governor emphasized that Michigan’s infrastructure needs work. The Senate took the lead in adopting policies to improve and fund our roads and bridges for the long term. We must continue to work to address other persistent infrastructure needs.

“The future in Michigan is bright. Our recovery continues. I look forward to working with the governor and my colleagues in the House over the next year as we help provide increased opportunity for all Michiganders.”

Media Advisory: Sen. Goeff Hansen available for comments following 2017 State of the State address

Sen. Goeff Hansen

Sen. Goeff Hansen

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Sen. Goeff Hansen will be available for comments following the governor’s 2017 State of the State address on Tuesday.

Who:
Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart.

What:
Reaction and comments following the governor’s State of the State address.

When:
After the address, which is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Where:
By phone or in:
House Appropriations Room
Third Floor
State Capitol
Lansing, MI

Brief:
Hansen will be available following the State of the State address for comments on state issues mentioned by the governor in the address.

He also will be available by phone. Please call Hansen’s office at 1-517-373-1635 to schedule an interview time with the senator.

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Lt. governor signs Hansen bill expanding training and education for firefighters

LANSING, Mich. — Lt. Gov. Brian Calley on Tuesday signed legislation sponsored by Sen. Goeff Hansen that will help ensure Michigan firefighters have access to critical education and training.

Senate Bill 833, now Public Act 405 of 2016, updates the definition of “firefighter training” in the state’s Firefighters Training Council Act to reflect new challenges firefighters face while on the job.

“The job description of today’s firefighters has expanded far beyond the duties performed when the law was enacted 50 years ago,” said Hansen, R-Hart. “In addition to fighting fires, firefighters perform all kinds of rescue operations, respond to incidents involving hazardous materials, and in some cases provide emergency medical services.

“With increased responsibility comes the need for increased education and training. This law provides that.”

PA 405 expands education and training programs eligible to receive grants from the Fire Fighter Training Council to include emergency medical service, hazardous material response, technical rescue, airport rescue and firefighting, fire inspection, fire investigation, and fire safety education.

The law permits the council to fully utilize the funding available for firefighter training and allows the state fire marshal to deny any grant request that does not meet the requirements of the act.

Funding for firefighter training is made available through the fireworks safety fee assessed on the sale of all fireworks in Michigan and is set aside within the Fireworks Safety Fund.

Photo Advisory: Sen. Hansen welcomes Fruitport pastor to Senate session

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, welcomed to the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday Pastor Casey Arnouts (back left) and his wife Tammy (second right) of Grace Assembly of God in Fruitport. Pastor Arnouts gave the invocation before the start of Senate session. Also pictured are the Arnouts’ daughters Becca (left) and Katy.

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Hansen, Senate honor local food processor and McDonald’s for nutritious contribution

Peterson Farms supplies most of the apples for ‘Happy Meals’ sold in state

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Goeff Hansen on Thursday honored an Oceana County food processor and a McDonald’s franchise owner who have made significant contributions to state agriculture and helped McDonald’s restaurants reach an important milestone.

Peterson Farms, headed by fourth-generation fruit-grower Earl Peterson, has supplied most of the apples for the Happy Meals McDonald’s sells in Michigan.

“Since first introducing Apple Dippers in 2004, McDonald’s USA has served more than two billion sliced apple packages across the country,” said Hansen, R-Hart. “For some perspective, two billion packages is equal to providing every child in America under the age of 12 with 40 packages of apple slices.

“McDonald’s has purchased well over 19 million pounds of Michigan apples since 2004. The majority have come from Peterson Farms, their largest supplier in Michigan and only one of six suppliers nationwide.”

Hansen honored Earl Peterson; his daughter Sarah Schlukebir, Peterson Farms’ vice president of sales and marketing; Matthew Schulz, franchise owner of McDonald’s restaurants in Hart and Ludington; and Matthew’s wife, Lori Schulz.

“I congratulate you all for reaching this milestone,” Hansen said. “Thank you for providing this nutritious food and for contributing so much to Michigan’s agriculture economy.”

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Photo caption: Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, on Thursday honored Peterson Farms of Oceana County and McDonald’s USA for serving more than two billion sliced apple packages across the country. Pictured with Hansen are, from left: Sarah Schlukebir, vice president of sales and marketing for Peterson Farms; Earl Peterson, owner and CEO of Peterson Farms; Lori Schulz; and Matthew Schulz, Lori’s husband and franchise owner of McDonald’s restaurants in Hart and Ludington.

Sen. Hansen and his dad honor Michigan’s fallen soldiers

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Goeff Hansen and his father, Don Hansen, paid tribute in the Senate Thursday to those who gave their lives defending our country.

Don Hansen was the lawmaker’s guest for the Michigan Senate’s 22nd Annual Memorial Day Service. Each year, the annual ceremony honors the servicemen and women who fought with bravery to defend our nation’s freedom.

“I was blessed to have my dad with me in the Senate,” said Hansen, R-Hart. “My father served his country with honor and made it back home. Sadly, many of his fellow soldiers did not come back. Today we honor their memory.”

Don Hansen was a paratrooper in the United States Army 11th Airborne Division during World War II and was part of the occupation force in Japan after the war.

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