Sen. Kowall to begin NITC hearings

LANSING — State Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, announced Friday that a senate panel will begin a series of hearings on Senate Bills 410 and 411, legislation to allow the creation of a governmental authority for a New International Trade Crossing (NITC) between Detroit and Windsor, Canada.
The bills were introduced earlier this week by Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe. The bills have been assigned to the Senate Economic Development Committee, which Kowall chairs.

“This is a complicated issue involving billions of dollars. It deserves a full, public and transparent airing of all viewpoints, and I intend on doing that,” Kowall said.

The Senate panel will conduct focused hearings. The initial hearing will be on Wednesday, June 15 at 1:30 p.m., and will be a discussion of organizing subsequent hearing topics.

Hearing topics may include: traffic projections and the rationale for the NITC; financial impact and costs; status of the Ambassador Bridge Gateway; geotechnical issues; Detroit River International Crossing Study & Gateway Project; stakeholder testimony; Canadian roadway issues; state role vs. federal role; community benefits concepts; details of Canada’s $550 million offer; and the Federal Highway Administration matching funds commitment and Ambassador Bridge matching funds offer. Committee members may also visit the proposed bridge site.

“I believe this approach is in the best interest of all stakeholders. As elected officials we are expected to do our due diligence, and it’s particularly important given a project of this size,” Kowall said.

Senate Hearing Room
Boji Tower
124 W. Allegan
Lansing, MI 48933