Sen. Kowall issues statement on adjournment of Senate panel

LANSING — State Sen. Kowall, R-White Lake, issued the following statement following Wednesday’s adjournment of the Senate Economic Development Committee:

“During the course of hearings on Senate Bill 410, I have conducted the Economic Development Committee in a fair and transparent fashion.

“Today’s submission of a 38-page substitute literally two minutes prior to the beginning of the hearing runs counter to the spirit of openness with which we’ve been operating.

“It’s completely unacceptable to be asked to vote on a new bill without first having the opportunity to read it. Thus, I adjourned today’s hearing to give committee members time to review the Hunter substitute.

“As chairman of this committee, I will continue to work to preserve a fair and open discussion of this issue. Michigan citizens deserve no less.”