Legislation addresses Michigan’s infrastructure needs
State Rep. Rob VerHeulen of Walker today testified before the Michigan House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in support of his legislation to create a nine-member Michigan Infrastructure Council.
The Michigan Infrastructure Council would be tasked with creating a statewide asset management system and a 30-year integrated infrastructure strategy. The goal is to better assist policy makers and departments to plan and integrate assets for the future of Michigan’s roads, bridges and other infrastructure.
“The Michigan Infrastructure Council will have experts from every sector of this field and will give policy makers and the department leadership the tools to effectively manage current assets,” VerHeulen said. “We must plan for the future, and combine efforts to address Michigan’s infrastructure needs.”
The Council will consist of nine voting members, including individuals with public and private asset management experience, financial experts, and regional asset management planning experts. The members will be appointed by the following individuals:
· Five members by the governor;
· One member by the Senate Majority Leader;
· One member by the Speaker of the House of Representatives;
· One member by the Senate Minority Leader; and
· One member by the House Minority Leader.
House Bill 5335 remains under consideration by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.