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Snyder signs Kurtz bill into law

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Contact: Sara Wurfel
Office: 517-335-6397

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday signed legislation allowing the village of Jonesville to purchase a stretch of land that was once used as a railroad from the state, so that it may be redeveloped for recreational purposes.

Legislation was needed because current law prohibits the state from selling small sections of railroad land so as not to cause a possible disruption in train service.  However, this particular section no longer even has tracks on it. 

"This is a situation where we need to look at laws on the books and ask if they make sense," Snyder said.  "State Rep. Ken Kurtz convinced me that the land could be put to better use by people in Hillsdale County.  Redevelopment projects like this improve the quality of life and strength of a community."

Kurtz's legislation, House Bill 4004, is now Public Act 29 of 2011.