Senate committee advances Daley legislation honoring fallen Bay City soldier

LANSING, Mich. — The Senate Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on Wednesday unanimously approved legislation to name a portion of State Highway M-15 in Bay County after Sgt. 1st Class Michael Cathcart of Bay City.

“I introduced this legislation to honor Sgt. Cathcart’s bravery and dedication to his country,” said Sen. Kevin Daley, R-Lum, the bill’s sponsor. “It was my pleasure to welcome Sgt. Cathcart’s mother Jeanne to testify before the committee last week. I was happy to see a vote take place and I want to thank Chairman Barrett for giving the legislation a hearing and promptly advancing the bill.”

Under Senate Bill 169, the Michael Cathcart Memorial Highway will range from Cass Avenue in Portsmouth Charter Township north to the intersection of State Highway M-15 and Ridge Road in Bay City.

Cathcart was killed in November of 2014 during an operation in Afghanistan. His service awards include four Bronze Star medals, two Purple Heart medals and four Army Commendation medals.

With Wednesday’s vote, the bill will move to the Senate floor for further consideration.