LANSING, Mich. — The Senate Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Wednesday afternoon heard from residents along with state and federal lawmakers on legislation that would limit the ability of local governments to deny permits for gravel mines.
“What this boils down to is an issue of local control,” said state Sen. Kevin Daley, R-Lum. “This legislation has been debated in my district, especially Metamora, for a long time. As a former township supervisor, I understand the frustration our local officials and the Metamora community are facing with this bill.
“These folks live, work and raise their families here. They know what’s best for our community and we should not take away their right to have a say in matters like these.”
Daley was joined by U.S. Representative Paul Mitchell and several constituents from Metamora in opposition to Senate Bill 431.
The committee will continue to take testimony on the legislation in the coming weeks.
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Photo caption: State Sen. Kevin Daley, R-Lum, listens as U.S. Representative Paul Mitchell explains his opposition to legislation that would largely strip oversight from local governments. Senate Bill 431 would limit the ability of local governments to deny permits for gravel mining operations and limit oversight on haul routes, sound levels and truck loading hours.