BEN LAUREN & DON RILING MEM HWY                                                            S.B. 921:

                                                                                 SUMMARY OF INTRODUCED BILL

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Senate Bill 921 (as introduced 5-13-20)

Sponsor:  Senator Ed McBroom

Committee:  Transportation and Infrastructure


Date Completed:  6-2-20




The bill would amend the Michigan Memorial Highway Act to designate the portion of Highway M-35 in Forsyth Township beginning at the northern township limit of Turin Township and extending northwest to the southern township limit of Richmond Township as the "Ben Lauren and Don Riling Memorial Highway".


Proposed MCL 250.1008c




Benjamin Lauren was a captain at the Forsyth Township Fire Department, a volunteer department. On March 13, 2020, he was injured fatally while fighting a structure fire. Don Riling was a professional firefighter with the United States Air Force and a firefighter with the Forsyth Township Fire Department. On March 19, 1988, he died while fighting a fire in Forsyth Township.


                                                                            Legislative Analyst:  Tyler VanHuyse




The bill would have no fiscal impact on State or local government. The Act specifies that the Department of Transportation may provide for the erection and maintenance of markers designating the name of a highway only when sufficient private funds are available to cover the costs of erecting and maintaining those markers. As such, private funds would cover the cost of the renaming, and no State funds would be used.


                                                                                 Fiscal Analyst:  Michael Siracuse


This analysis was prepared by nonpartisan Senate staff for use by the Senate in its deliberations and does not constitute an official statement of legislative intent.