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Conversation with Representative Dykema on HCAT TV

by Mary Greendale
September 16, 2018

The formal legislative session has ended unless something unexpected happens, so it seemed like the perfect time to have Representative Carolyn Dykema on "Just Thinking" to reflect on what happened in the House in 2018.

We covered a lot in our 30-minute interview on HCAT TV. You can watch it on any device.

We started with Carolyn’s pollinator bill, which limits who can apply insecticides called neonics. Then we moved on to energy. Carolyn is optimistic that this region could become the development center for new technologies to store green energy once it's been collected. That is the next big obstacle to broadscale use of the green energy.

I asked about money for replacing water mains and other infrastructure in cities and towns and was glad to hear that more funds have been made available.

Carolyn mentioned that there was a public safety theme to a lot of bills this year – for both fire and police departments.

And she explained how tax revenues from marijuana will be distributed even if a community is not willing to allow retail sales. Some of the cities that are likely to allow retail have suggested that communities that do not allow retail should not share in the tax revenues. 

Tune in...we'll meet again in December to talk about the upcoming session.

 

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