Senator Ed McBroom

LANSING, MI--   Four Upper Peninsula lawmakers have sent Governor Gretchen Whitmer a letter urging her to support the city of Escanaba in its “dark store” case. 

The city filed a lawsuit against the practice of allowing stores to be valued as if they were vacant in local tax assessments. The litigation is currently before the Michigan Tax Tribunal. The letter asks the governor to increase the $250,000 cap on state support to help Escanaba fight the dark store practice in court.

LANSING, MI--   State Senator Ed McBroom has introduced legislation that would make the state responsible for paying the legal costs of those who prevail in regulatory lawsuits against state agencies.  

McBroom says the bills would encourage state government to reach amicable agreements with residents or businesses instead of unnecessarily pursuing legal action.

The Vulcan Republican says the legislation stems in large part from the concerns of Upper Peninsula residents about permitting issues.

Undated - Two Michigan Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officers have been awarded special state of Michigan tributes for their vital role in the rescue of 4 snowmobiles in the western UP.  Officers Jenni Hanson  and Zach Painter were honored Saturday by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, 38th District State Senator Ed McBroom, and 110th District State Representative Greg Markkanen.      

LANSING, MI--   Several U.P. lawmakers took the oath of office in Lansing Wednesday.

Ed McBroom was formally sworn in as senator of the 38th District during a ceremony at the state Capitol. Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Stephen J. Markman administered the oath of office.

State Representative Sara Cambensy was sworn in for the 109th House District for the 2019-2020 legislative session.

And Representative Beau LaFave took the oath to serve his second term for the 108th House District.