Kowall’s bill to improve state’s economic development programs signed into law

LANSING —Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, (left) joined Gov. Rick Snyder as he signed Senate Bill 929. Kowall’s measure will help improve Michigan’s economic development programs by reducing costs where appropriate and adjusting the permitted use of the Michigan Strategic Fund.


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Sen. Kowall: Summer youth camp scholarships available

LANSING —Scholarships to attend the Riley Wilderness Student Adventure this summer are now available for youths interested in exploring the outdoors, said Sen. Mike Kowall.

Thanks to the generosity of the George F. Riley Foundation, Safari Club International (SCI) of Novi is providing 60 youth camp scholarships for kids who might not otherwise be able to enjoy a summer camp experience.

“Attending camp is a great way for children to keep their minds active and learn while school is in recess for the summer,” said Kowall, R-White Lake. “The Safari Club International camp will provide children an opportunity to enjoy Michigan’s great outdoors while learning about hunting and fishing.”

Eligible youth must meet one or more of the following criteria:

·         Have very limited or no experience in hunting and the outdoors;
·         Unable to afford the cost to attend a program of this nature;
·         Lack an active mentor to expose them to outdoor activities; or
·         Have not yet completed a Michigan Hunter Safety Certificate program.

There are currently two available camps:

Conservation Connections Camp(Ages 9-11), July 8-13: Campers will learn survival, orienteering, archery, canoeing, shooting sports and fishing in a safe and positive environment.

Big Game or Upland Bird Hunting Camp(Ages 12-14), July 15-20: Campers will develop their skills as big game hunters or upland bird hunters. Throughout the week they will work with experts in animal identification while learning valuable hunting techniques and strategies.

“I applaud the George F. Riley Foundation for providing these summer camp scholarships to help interested children make memories to last a lifetime,” Kowall said.

Interested individuals may apply at www.scinovi.comno later than Monday, June 18.

“I strongly encourage all parents of eligible and interested children to fill out an application and apply for a scholarship as soon as possible, as available spots fill quickly,” Kowall said.


Michigan’s unemployment rate continues to decline

LANSING — Michigan’s unemployment rate has continued its downward trend, coming in at 8.3 percent in April, said state Sen. Mike Kowall, chair of the Senate Economic Development Committee.

The recent decline is compared to 8.5 percent in March and 10.5 percent in April 2011, according to data released on Wednesday by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget.

“Month after month, we continue to see progress being made toward getting Michigan back on the right track as our unemployment rates steadily decline,” said Kowall, R-White Lake. “This is terrific news and I look forward to seeing our unemployment rates continue to drop as our state’s economic engine begins firing on all cylinders and starts revving again.”


Sen. Kowall’s bill signed into law

LANSING —Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, (left) joined Gov. Rick Snyder on May 1 as Senate Bill 778 was signed into law. Sponsored by Kowall, the new law clarifies that the end of a public road next to an inland lake or stream can be limited to only one seasonal dock authorized by the local unit of government. Violators of Public Act 56 of 2012 will be guilty of a misdemeanor that is punishable by a fine of $500.


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Sen. Kowall: Bank of America to host outreach event


LANSING —Individuals experiencing home loan issues with Bank of America may want to mark their calendars for an event scheduled for later this month, said Sen. Mike Kowall.

“I encourage every Bank of America customer experiencing financial difficulties to attend this free event,” said Kowall, R-White Lake. “Attending is a great way to receive assistance from one of Bank of America’s home loan specialists.”

The event will run from Tuesday, May 8 to Wednesday, May 9 at the Sheraton Detroit Novi, located at 21111 Haggerty Road in Novi. The event will run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day.

Individuals interested in attending must register to schedule an arrival time. To do so, please visit www.bankofamerica.com/homeownerevent or call toll-free 1-855-201-7426.

To prepare for your appointment, bring a valid form of state-issued identification (such as a driver’s license) and a printout of your registration confirmation.

Specific documents related to your home loan may also be required. You can find out which documents you may need by filling out the “Customized Checklist” available here: www.bankofamerica.com/homeownerevent

For more on home loan assistance, visit: www.bankofamerica.com/homeloanhelp.


Gov. signs Kowall bill to protect public safety, environment

LANSING — Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, (back, middle) joined Gov. Rick Snyder on May 1 as he signed Kowall’s measure to address the processes to be followed to clean up a leaking underground storage tank site. Senate Bill 532 and the other measures in the six-bill package will help effectively clean up leaking underground storage tank sites throughout the state by reforming the regulatory process to enable more effective partnerships with the private sector.