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ANOTHER SPECIAL ALERT

Michigan SB 1150 vote will be reconsidered.

In another amazing move by our Senate Majority Leader, Randy Richardville, R-Monroe. He has moved to reconsider the vote on SB 1150 which means the bill can be brought up at any time and voted on again.  Please contact your senator and ask him/her why this is happening and urge him/her to vote NO" again if and when it comes up. Click on the link below to select your senator.

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On Tuesday SB 1150 was voted down, the bill would lower truck weights to 80,000 lbs.  The bill was sponsored by Rep. Steve Bieda, D-Warren because he believes heavy trucks damage roads.  The vote was mainly along party lines with 3 Republicans crossing over.  Senator Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, Senator Jack Brandenburg, R-Harrison Twp. and Senator Tory Rocca, R-Sterling Heights.  Senator John Marleau, R-Lake Orion was not present.

Senator Coleman Young II, D-Detroit , co-sponsor of the bill said that Michigan's current truck weight laws are "outrageous" and a vote to lower maximum weights would spread the burden of a higher gas tax among everyone contributing to road deterioration.

Senator Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba said the bill would put an unfair burden on small businesses, including family logging industries in his district that invest hundreds of thousands of dollars into purchasing trucks above the suggested 80,000 pound limit.  "We are simply working people, not rich tycoons who go out and buy these things.  Attacking one group like this saying somehow that's going to fix it is inappropriate.

Senator Mike Green, R-Mayville said the bill would put additional trucks on the roads, causing even more traffic strain.  It would be especially difficult in areas such as his district, where agriculture is booming.  "If we cut back on axle weights, we will have to double the amount of trucks on the road.

TERM LIMITED SENATE MAJORITY LEADER RANDY RICHARDVILLE, - R -MONROE SAID THE BILL WAS NOT NECESSARILY DEAD YET, BUT IT DID NOT GET THE 'WORK IT DESERVED' BEFORE COMING UP FOR A VOTE-----SO HE HAD THE VOTE RECONSIDERED FOR ANOTHER DAY..