LaSata votes to oppose proposed kayak tax

Legislator: There will be no paddle watercraft fees in Michigan State Rep. Kim LaSata today voted in support of a resolution opposing the Michigan State Waterways Commission’s proposed “kayak tax,” which would require all kayaks, canoes and paddle boards to be registered with the state. LaSata said people should not be penalized for supporting the…

Hernandez fights proposed ‘kayak tax’

“I hope we sent a strong message today…no new kayak tax” Lansing – State Representative Shane Hernandez (R-Port Huron) voted for a resolution today opposing the Michigan State Waterways Commission’s proposed “kayak tax,” which would require all kayaks, canoes and paddle boards to be registered with the state. Hernandez said people should not be penalized…

Rep. Canfield votes to shut down ‘kayak tax’ proposal

Legislator: There will be no paddle watercraft fees in Michigan State Rep. Edward Canfield today voted in support of a resolution opposing the Michigan State Waterways Commission’s proposed “kayak tax,” which would require all kayaks, canoes and paddle boards to be registered with the state. Canfield said people should not be penalized for supporting the…

Rendon supports measure opposing ‘kayak tax’

Legislator: There will be no paddle watercraft fees in Michigan State Rep. Daire Rendon today voted in support of a resolution opposing the Michigan State Waterways Commission’s proposed “kayak tax,” which would require all kayaks, canoes and paddle boards to be registered with the state. Rendon said people should not be penalized for supporting the…

Hornberger supports measure opposing ‘kayak tax’

Legislator: There will be no paddle watercraft fees in Michigan State Rep. Pamela Hornberger today voted in support of a resolution opposing the Michigan State Waterways Commission’s proposed “kayak tax,” which would require all kayaks, canoes and paddle boards to be registered with the state. Hornberger said people should not be penalized for supporting the…

Rep. VanderWall: There will be no kayak tax in Michigan

Legislator leads the effort in opposing annual paddle watercraft fees The House Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee today approved a resolution sponsored by state Rep. Curt VanderWall opposing the Michigan State Waterways Commission’s proposed “kayak tax,” which would require all kayaks, canoes and paddle boards to be registered with the state. VanderWall, said people should…

Rep. Chatfield hosts snowmobile tour in Cheboygan County

Tour included presentations from local groups State Rep. Lee Chatfield led fellow legislators along northern Michigan snowmobile trails over the weekend, beginning and ending in Indian River, with stops in Mackinaw City and Cheboygan on the North Central Trail. The legislators stopped in Cheboygan to hear from the Cheboygan Trailblazers Club and Cheboygan Area Chamber…

Rep. VanderWall celebrates first bill signing

Legislator: New law gives hunters more bang for their buck Legislation introduced by state Rep. Curt VanderWall to attract out-of-state hunters to visit Michigan has been signed into law by the governor. The bill creates a three-day small game hunting license that will cost $50. Currently, the shortest license available is a seven-day permit, which…

Kesto e-bike legislation cruises through Tourism Committee

Legislation introduced by state Rep. Klint Kesto exempts electric bicycles, commonly referred to as “e-bikes,” from no-fault insurance. The bill is part of a greater package to allow the use of e-bikes on Michigan bicycle trails. “E-bikes are not motor vehicles and really shouldn’t be required to be insured under Michigan’s auto no-fault system,” said…

Hughes’ e-bike legislation rolls through committee

Bill sponsor gears up for floor vote Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Holly Hughes, of Montague, to provide a regulatory framework for electric bicycle (e-bike) use was approved today by the House Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee. E-bikes differ from regular bikes in that they utilize an electrically powered motor for propulsion. They must be…

Rep. Hughes hosts e-bike tour on Hart Montague Trailway

State Rep. Holly Hughes hosted a 22-mile round-trip electric bike excursion Friday on the Hart Montague Trailway to increase awareness for her recently introduced e-bike legislation. The legislation would officially allow the use of e-bikes on Michigan trails and creates a regulatory framework for their use. Electric bikes differ from regular bikes in that they…

VanderWall bills encourage hunting in Michigan

Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Curt VanderWall creates additional opportunities to entice out-of-state hunters to choose Michigan as their outdoor recreation destination. In 2014, the state of Michigan consolidated all hunting licenses into a more streamlined offering. One of the changes made was the establishment of a seven-day license for small game hunting at a…

Rep. Hughes welcomes PBS’s Under the Radar to Tourism Committee

State Rep. Holly Hughes, chair of the House Tourism and Recreation Committee, welcomed Tom Daldin and Jim Edelman from “Under the Radar,” the PBS television show that features the people, places and things that make Michigan special on Wednesay. “There’s a power in talking to the people of Michigan,” said Edelman, “Under the Radar” producer….