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For Immediate Release:
MML Announces 2010 Legislator of the Year Award Recipients
Award Honors Holland, Lincoln Park and Taylor Lawmakers
DEARBORN, Mic. (Sept. 27, 2010) — The Michigan Municipal League (MML) announced today its 2010 Legislator of the Year Award recipients for their instrumental actions in the Michigan State Legislature on behalf of Michigan's cities, villages and urban townships. Reps. Joe Haveman (R-Holland), Doug Geiss (D-Taylor) and Ed Clemente (D-Lincoln Park) received the award in a special presentation on Sept. 23 during the League's 112th Annual Convention in Dearborn
“These three leaders have a clear vision of the important role that healthy communities play in reviving Michigan and they have stayed true to it,” said Michigan Municipal League Executive Director and CEO Dan Gilmartin.
Rep. Haveman is the League’s vocal champion for PA 312 reform. Even before his term in Lansing began, this former city councilmember expressed an interest in reforming PA 312. As soon as he became a legislator he began working with League staff to craft language and host workgroups to get this important issue moving forward. Rep. Haveman’s leadership helped motivate the House Republican caucus to vote against expanding PA 312 earlier this year. He has also worked with the League to attract residents back to cities by talking about options for cities and eliminating state barriers. His passion for efficient government and allowing communities to control costs has been instrumental in pushing forward issues that would have never been possible just a few years ago. (Click here for fullsize photo.)
When Rep. Doug Geiss’ cities call, he is there for them. He is openly supportive of reforming PA 312 as a result of his experience on the Taylor city council. Rep. Geiss immediately jumped into this controversial issue by hosting workgroups and working with League staff on language to reform binding arbitration. He has been a solid force to be reckoned with on municipal issues from passionate testimony before the House Judiciary Committee in support of online legal notices to a fiery speech on the House floor opposing the expansion of PA 312. Rep. Geiss is an advocate for the communities in his district, and his support for local issues is having an impact on communities statewide. (Click here for fullsize photo.)
Rep. Ed Clemente has served in the Michigan House of Representatives as the representative for District 14 since 2004. The district encompasses the communities of Ecorse, Lincoln Park, Melvindale, River Rouge, and part of Allen Park. He serves on the Banking and Financial Services, Commerce, and the Energy and Technology Committees, and is the chair for the House New Economy and Quality of Life Committee. Rep. Clemente has worked with the League to champion legislation to keep the Obsolete Property Rehabilitation Act, to keep the Brownfield Urban 20 Percent Credit, to create Town Gown districts, and legislation to create a statewide body that will work on New Economy initiatives. (Click here for fullsize photo.)
The Michigan Municipal League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington DC and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials and; assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services. For more information, visit mml.org.