The Michigan Association of Timbermen is a non-profit trade association,
representing the forest products industry of Michigan. Founded in 1972, MAT has
provided effective representation of Michigan's forestry community, including those
who grow, harvest and process forest products.
Many Republican legislators are in Cleveland at the Republican National Convention. Our own Attorney General Bill Schuette gave a speech on the opening day of the event. Our Lt. Governor has also been attending the event. Next week our Democratic leadership and other democrats will be attending the Democratic National Convention.
This week on Wednesday the Senate was in session for one minute and the House was in session for 24 minutes. The House Oversight and Ethics Committee chaired by Rep. Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan reported out a bill to overhaul the Unemployment Agency, a House GOP priority for this session. The bill changes how the UIA deals with potential fraud by shortening the statute of limitations, requiring the use of certified mail to contact certain claimants and prohibiting certain discrepancies from being identified solely by a computer. The bill is now awaiting full debate by the House and then will move to the Senate for further action. Some business groups do not support the bill as reported out of committee.