Chatfield, House approve plan forming new oversight panel for Line 5 tunnel

State Rep. Lee Chatfield said a plan approved today in the Michigan House with bipartisan support will protect the Great Lakes by providing the proper oversight for the new underground infrastructure corridor in the Straits of Mackinac. Chatfield, of Levering, said the plan creates a new, independent authority – not the Mackinac Bridge Authority –…

Chatfield, Casperson plan to form new oversight panel for Line 5 tunnel

State Rep. Lee Chatfield and Sen. Tom Casperson today said they are working on a plan to establish a new panel to oversee the construction and operation of a proposed tunnel in the Straits of Mackinac. Both legislators said they fully support the completion of a new tunnel and other critical infrastructure upgrades to provide…

Rep. Chatfield announces upcoming office hours schedule

State Rep. Lee Chatfield invites residents to join him during local office hours for the months of November and December. The schedule for office hours is as follows: Monday, Nov. 19 10 to 11 a.m. at the Sault Area Chamber of Commerce, 2581 I-75 Business Spur in Sault Ste. Marie. Friday, Dec 7 10 to…

Chatfield selected to serve as Speaker of the Michigan House

State Rep. Lee Chatfield today was selected to serve as the new Speaker of the House for the 2019-20 legislative term. Chatfield, of Levering, said he is eager to get to work as Speaker and build upon the many achievements the Legislature has made over the past four years. “I am honored to have the…

Rep. Chatfield plan improving safety of pipelines in Straits passes House

Representative: Great Lakes must be protected from threat of spill State Rep. Lee Chatfield’s plan to better protect the Great Lakes by strengthening pipeline safety standards in the Straits of Mackinac was approved today by the Michigan House with overwhelming bipartisan support. Chatfield, of Levering, said pipeline operators are not currently required to report spills…

Rep. Chatfield statement on Line 5 tunnel under Straits of Mackinac

State Rep. Lee Chatfield, of Levering, issued the following statement today after Enbridge committed to replacing the portion of Line 5 that crosses beneath the Straits of Mackinac with a new pipeline inside a protective tunnel: “While the transportation of energy resources is essential to our daily lives, it’s important we continue to seek the…

Rep. Chatfield: Driver responsibility fees come to an end

Representative’s plan waives fees for 305,000 motorists starting today State Rep. Lee Chatfield’s law eliminating punitive driver responsibility fees in Michigan takes effect today. Chatfield, of Levering, introduced the measure, which was signed into law in March as part of a multi-bill package ending the fees and offering full forgiveness of outstanding debt. “Driver responsibility…

Rep. Chatfield: Stronger pipeline safety standards needed in Straits

State Rep. Lee Chatfield’s plan to better protect the Great Lakes by strengthening pipeline safety standards in the Straits of Mackinac was approved today by the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee. Rep. Chatfield, of Levering, said the comprehensive plan ensures vessels and utility companies operating in the Straits are accountable to the people of Michigan. “While…

Rep. Chatfield welcomes residents to fall office hours

State Rep. Lee Chatfield invites residents to join him during local office hours in the months of September and October. The schedule for office hours is as follows: Monday, Sept. 17 10 to 11 a.m. at the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce, 401 E. Mitchell St. in Petoskey; Monday, Oct. 15 10 to 11 a.m….

Chippewa County sheriff joins Rep. Chatfield for Sept. 11 ceremony

State Rep. Lee Chatfield, of Levering, is joined today by Chippewa County Sheriff Mike Bitnar, for the House of Representatives’ annual Sept. 11 ceremony. The observance memorializes Michigan first responders and members of the military who died in the line of duty during the past year.

Rep. Chatfield announces summer office hour schedule

State Rep. Lee Chatfield invites residents to join him during local office hours for the months of July and August. The schedule for office hours is as follows: Wednesday, July 25 10 to 11 a.m. at the Cheboygan Area Chamber of Commerce, 124 N. Main St. in Cheboygan. Friday, August 10 8:30 to 9:30 a.m….

Northern Michigan representatives unveil additional protections for Great Lakes

Plan improves pipeline safety, increases accountability Three northern Michigan representatives have introduced a plan to better protect the Great Lakes by strengthening pipeline safety standards in the Straits of Mackinac. State Reps. Lee Chatfield, Sue Allor and Triston Cole said the comprehensive plan ensures vessels and utility companies operating in the Straits are accountable to…