160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Which means the “San Fernando Valley Fair” won’t be living up to any part of its name. FIRST we were told the San Fernando Valley Fair wouldn’t be held in the San Fernando Valley this summer. Now it seems one of the staples of the fair is history as well. It was shameful enough when fair organizers and city officials couldn’t get it together to keep this piece of the Valley’s heritage in the Valley. This year’s “Valley” fair will be held in Saugus. But now finances have driven fair organizers to ban livestock from the four-day event. But a community fair without one of the hallmarks of community fairs – kids bringing in their livestock – doesn’t sound like much of a “fair” at all.
House Bill 4467—which aims to lift a burdensome restriction on a private Lake County prison—has been passed by the Michigan Senate with a vote of 23-14, announced bill sponsor state Rep. Jon Bumstead.“This legislation simply gives North Lake Correctional Facility in Baldwin the ability to house inmates classified at Level V and higher, giving Lake County and the surrounding community the opportunity to grow economically,” said Rep. Bumstead, R-Newaygo. “The facility was designed as a maximum security prison and is already equipped with the ability to safely house these inmates.”Currently, the North Lake Correctional Facility is restricted to only housing inmates classified under the first four of six security levels. By allowing inmates of a higher security classification, the prison will become a more viable option in contract negotiations with other states and would provide new revenue and up to 400 new jobs in one of Michigan’s poorest counties.The Michigan Department of Corrections has toured the facility and confirmed that the prison is capable of housing high-security inmates. “I want to thank Senators Darwin Booher and Goeff Hansen for their testimony on the Senate floor,” Rep. Bumstead said. “I would especially like to thank Sen. Hansen for his hard work leading up to this bill and his help passing this legislation in the Senate.”HB 4467 now moves to the governor for gubernatorial signature.### 27May Rep. Bumstead’s bill to assist with prison reopening receives Senate approval Categories: News