LaFontaine named chair of House Natural Resources Committee

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State Rep. Andrea LaFontaine will chair the House Natural Resources Committee for the 2013-14 legislative term, it was announced today.

The natural resources committee oversees such issues as public lands, fisheries and wildlife, parks and trails and the Great Lakes.  LaFontaine was appointed to the chairmanship by House Speaker Jase Bolger.

“Serving as the chair of this committee is an incredible opportunity to highlight the value of our natural resources and ensure they are both protected and utilized,” said LaFontaine, R-Columbus Township. “I look forward to working with people from across the state to hear their concerns and ideas and deliver common-sense solutions that will improve the quality of life for all residents of Michigan.”

LaFontaine says the committee this year will likely focus on enhancing outdoor opportunities for recreation, including utilizing the Department of Natural Resources’ proposed five-year Michigan Trail Plan and in turn spurring economic development in communities statewide.  A full description of the trail plan, including a public survey, can be found at www.michigan.gov/dnr.

In addition to chairing the natural resources committee, LaFontaine will continue to serve on the agriculture and insurance committees and also will join the regulatory reform committee.