Three dozen legislators and support staff visit U.P.

Three dozen legislators and support staff visit U.P.

KEWEENAW — It’s true that the CopperDog 150 draws people from around the country, including our state’s legislators. ABC 10’s Keweenaw Bureau Reporter Rick Allen has the story.

State lawmakers will return to Lansing with more than just great memories of the CopperDog 150. Nearly three dozen legislators and support staff made the trip this weekend with State Representative Scott Dianda in a chartered bus.

Several of them got together Saturday at Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center in Houghton to hear presentations on issues that are important in the Upper Peninsula.

State Representative Scott Dianda of Calumet said, “The discussion here today was educating people of what the best that we have to offer with a lot of our great ideas and new patents and future job creators in the state of Michigan, right here in our backyard.”

Topics included moving forward with Michigan Tech’s vision of the MICare Center for health care education and research, investing in forest biomaterials, an update on the MTEC Smartzone, and supporting the Copperpeak ski jump.
Dianda hopes that this trip will help these representatives understand the local needs when they return to their duties at the capitol.

Dianda said, “We have people here that are on Health Policy Committee, they can also assist us in educating the rest of the electoral people in Lower Michigan through these committee processes. Tourism industries, we can start talking about a lot of things that we need help with and I think that they will understand it better now that they had it first hand.”
So they’ll have more to talk about than just sled dog racing when they get back to Lansing.