MCC one step closer to new Science Laboratory Center

The Michigan Senate overwhelmingly approved a supplemental appropriations bill on Wednesday that moves Muskegon Community College (MCC) one step closer to construction of a $9 million science center.

House Bill 4112 includes a placeholder that authorizes MCC to develop planning documents for a 25,000-square-foot Science Laboratory Center.

“Muskegon Community College is providing a renewed and revitalized focus on science and technology instruction in higher education,” said Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart. “They cannot be expected to lead in this area with outdated and worn-out facilities. Their new Science Laboratory Center will fix that. It will enrich the lives of students, faculty and the greater community.”

The Science Laboratory Center will be a two-level addition to MCC’s current science wing, located on the northwest side of the main campus, Hansen said. It will aid students in their study of astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics, physical science and geology.

The total cost for the project is $9,293,670; MCC will be responsible for 50 percent of that cost. State funding for the project is expected in a future appropriations bill, once the Legislature authorizes construction.

HB 4112 now heads back to the House for concurrence and then on to the governor for his signature.

Hansen’s bill allowing wine tasting at farmers markets sent to governor

The Michigan Senate on Wednesday sent the governor a bill to promote the state’s agriculture industry by allowing small winemakers to offer wine tastings at farmers markets, said sponsor Sen. Goeff Hansen.

“This will give greater market access to aspiring entrepreneurs by allowing them to conduct wine tastings and sell their product at many of our fine farmers markets throughout this great state,” said Hansen, R-Hart.

Senate Bill 79 would enable winemakers who produce up to 5,000 gallons of wine per year to purchase a new farmers market permit. The fee for an annual permit would be $25 for each farmers market location.

“The fee is reasonably priced to make it financially viable for winemakers to have a presence at multiple locations,” Hansen said. “Senate Bill 79 is simply another tool to help Michigan small businesses promote their products to help them build a foundation for a long-term, profitable wine industry.”

SB 79 is headed to Gov. Rick Snyder, who is expected to sign it into law.

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Kazakhstan exchange student visits Capitol as Hansen’s guest

Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, hosted Kazakhstan exchange student Azamat Tulepbergenov (far left), Tulepbergenov’s host mom Lisa Wagner (second from left) and Tulepbergenov’s sister Aia Tulepbergenov (far right) on their trip to the Capitol Wednesday.

As part of his coursework at Pentwater High School (class of 2013), Tulepbergenov recently studied government and economics. He said he appreciated the opportunity to visit Michigan’s Capitol with his sister and host mom to see firsthand some of the things he learned about.

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Lawmaker to kick off ‘Hansen’s Hotspots’ tour in Oceana County

State Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart;
Lt. Gov. Brian Calley;
Department of Agriculture & Rural Development Director Jamie Clover Adams; and
Interested residents of Oceana County.

The first stop in the inaugural “Hansen’s Hotspots” tour of the 34th Senate District.

Monday, June 10
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Hansen will visit the following “hotspots,” using the mode of transportation listed:

7:30 a.m.   Begin in Hart, Starting Block Kitchen Incubator  
7:30 – 8:30 a.m.   Bike to Pentwater  
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.   Pentwater, Village Marina  
9:30 – 10 a.m.   Drive to Silver Lake Sand Dunes and State Park  
10 – 11:15 a.m.    Silver Lake State Park Day Area  
11:15 a.m. – noon   Bike to Fox Barn Winery  
noon – 12:45 p.m.   Fox Barn Winery  
12:45 – 1:15 p.m.   Bike to Cherry Point Farm Market  
1:15 – 1:45 p.m.   Cherry Point Farm Market  
1:45 – 2:15 p.m.   Drive to Country Dairy  
2:15 – 3 p.m.   Country Dairy  
3 – 3:30 p.m.   Bike to Oceana Winery and Vineyard  
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.   Oceana Winery and Vineyard  

Hansen, chairman of the Senate Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Committee, will be on his inaugural “Hansen’s Hotspots” tour throughout the summer. The tour is a series of day-long stops at a variety of locations throughout the 34th Senate District to promote local tourism and agri-tourism-related small businesses that offer a Pure Michigan experience. Special guests Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development Director Jamie Clover Adams will also be participating in the events on June 10.

If you would be interested in joining Hansen along the route, please contact his office at 517-373-1635. Feel free to pass this invitation on to any other interested individuals.