Vote YES for Muskegon Community College
The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce recommends residents vote “YES” on the $31.1 million bond measure on the November 2012 ballot.
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Eliminate Michigan's Electric Choice Program Cap
The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce supports efforts to lift or eliminate the 10% cap placed on Michigan’s electric choice program by Public Act 286 of 2008. This position is consistent with the previous policy position adopted by the MLCC in February of 2008.
The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce will support efforts to lift or eliminate the 10% cap and communicate this policy position to Muskegon area legislators, legislative leadership and the Governor. Click here to read more.
Personal Property Tax Reform
The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce supports Michigan Personal Property Tax Reform. Click here to read more.
CONTACT YOUR ELECTED OFFICIAL TODAY
Local Elected Officials
Muskegon County Elected Officials
Muskegon County Board of Commissioners
Federal Elected Officials
Contact Senator Carl Levin or Debbie Stabenow
Contact Congressman Bill Huizenga
Tips for Testifying
- If you represent a group of individuals or an organization, choose only one person to present the group's viewpoint and bring others along as supporters.
- Prepare testimony and/or suggested amendments in advance. Read the bill carefully and any available analyses. If necessary, do research and make sure that all of your facts, background materials and figures are accurate. Consult with others to determine the scope of the issue and clarify what you, or the group, want to cover in your testimony.
- Prepare a clear and concise written statement which has been thoroughly proofread for errors. Review it with others who share the same interest.
- If you wish to speak, you will need to fill out a card indicating your interest to testify before the committee. The index size cards will be available on nearby tables or circulating. Fill out the card and hand it to the committee clerk or the chairman of the committee. This will enable the chair to properly address you when called and will also serve as a record as to whether you are in support or opposition of the legislation. You may also submit a card indicating that you DO NOT wish to speak but would like your support or opposition to be placed on file.
- When you testify, identify who you are. If you represent a group, give the name of the group. In your opening remarks, state whether you are testifying in support of or in opposition to the proposal or bill. Relate your group's or your own experience or views directly related to the issue.
Sample introduction: Good afternoon Mr. Chairman and committee members. My name is John Doe. I am the Owner of... . On behalf of the Muskegon Chamber’s 1,100+ business members, I would like thank you for the opportunity to express our support for HB 4160.
- Keep your testimony short and to the point. It is best to offer highlights at the hearing and request permission to place your complete position and supporting materials in the record. Anything you present in writing will be placed in the committee members' files and will be available to them at any future meetings. If possible, have copies of testimony available for committee members and staff.
- Avoid emotional speeches and propaganda. Your role is an important one; don't abuse it. Getting emotional and pitching propaganda is the surest way to invite a hostile reaction and alienate the very committee members you are trying to persuade.
- If you are asked a question, keep a cool head. Don't be afraid to stop and think for a minute to answer the question properly. If you don't have the answer, never guess. Instead, request permission to file a detailed response at a later date.
- Remember, without the support of the committee involved, the bill or proposal that you are interested in may never make it to the floor to be voted on. Even if you decide not to testify, your attendance at a hearing and personal correspondence with committee members and your own legislators are very important in influencing the decision-making process.
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