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Huizenga fights to cap fees

On Wednesday, Congressman Bill Huizenga (MI-02) testified before the House Natural Resources Committee on his legislation to modernize the Endangered Species Act. H.R. 3131, introduced by Congressman Huizenga, brings the hourly rate for awards of fees to prevailing attorneys to $125 per hour.

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Huizenga defended his bill on the house floor, “This bill would ensure that all Americans who sue the federal government are entitled to the same reasonable limits when it comes to being awarded taxpayer-funded attorneys’ fees. Veterans, small businesses, and federal benefit recipients go through this right now and frankly Mr. Chairman if it’s good enough for our citizens, it should be good enough for our flora and fauna. It is past time to apply this sensible cap to ESA suits as well.” Huizenga responded to the criticism that the bill would restrict access to the courts, by clarifying it should not limit access if it is truly about the wellbeing of our natural resources, and not about money.  

Congressman Huizenga’s Testimony:

Sheriff Activity report included Stolen Kayaks

The Mason County Sheriff's office activity report includes the theft of 3 kayaks as well as a trolling motor and paddle were stolen from the 6500 block of S. Appleton in Riverton Township. The kayaks were yellow, green and purple.

The report also includes: 

Offshore Classic concludes

Weigh-in for the Ludington Offshore Classic Big Boys Tournament took place Tuesday and Wednesday at Waterfront Park. It was Team Fin Scout - Joel DeVries, who won first place and was awarded the $22,400.

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Fish donated to the Ludington Boat club during the tournament will be boiled during the annual fish fry/boil, which raises money for hospice.

Boat sinks off Ludington State park

Five were pulled from Lake Michigan on Tuesday Morning after their fishing boat became engulfed in flames. After it became apparent there was an issue, a nearby fishing boat quickly pulled the occupants off the boat. One person was treated for smoke inhalation. The U.S. Coast guard arrived shortly after at 11am. Flames were seen for the next 30 minutes until the fire was put out at 11:40am. The U.S. Coast Guard and Mason County Sheriff Office attempted to pull the damaged vessel back to shore, but it sank 65 feet down off shore of the Ludington State Park. Names of those aboard have not yet been released.

Armed Robbery in New Era

Wednesday morning at 2:31 a.m. the Oceana County Sheriff's Offices and Michigan State Police responded to a call regarding an armed robbery at the New Era Wesco.

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Deputies learned that an armed suspect had entered the store and demanded cash.  After taking the money, the suspect fled from the store on foot.  Mason County Sheriff's K-9 came to the scene to assist although no arrests have been made at this time.  The investigation is still underway.

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