March 22, 2013 | Vol. 94, No. 68

Locals participate in Senate committee meeting through videoconference

IRONWOOD — Local leaders spoke in support of a bill that would allow off-road vehicles to cross certain bridges and access state highways through a videoconference Thursday at Gogebic Community College.

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Ironwood City Clerk Karen Gullan; Kim Kolesar, of the Western U.P. Trail Association; Ironwood City Manager Scott Erickson and Wakefield Township Supervisor John Cox listen to discussion by the Michigan Senate Natural Resources, Environment and Great Lakes Committee on Senate Bill 50 Thursday at Gogebic Community College in Ironwood. Kolesar, Erickson and Cox spoke in support of the bill, which would allow off-road vehicles to cross certain bridges and access state highways.

State Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, set up videoconference locations across the Upper Peninsula to allow citizens to weigh in on Senate Bill 50 during a meeting of the Senate Natural Resources, Environment and Great Lakes Committee.

Casperson introduced the bill with hopes that the legislation would help connect ORV trails and allow riders to reach tourist attractions and towns for food...