State Representative Tisdel Updates:
Oct Office Hours, Election Security Bipartisan Plan, Landfill Funding!
Rep. Tisdel to host community office hours on Oct 17
State Rep. Mark Tisdel invites Greater Rochester residents to his upcoming office hours on Monday, Oct 17.
The community meeting will be held in Conference Room A at the Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Towne Road in Rochester, between 6 and 8pm. The event is open to the public, and no appointment is necessary to attend.
Tisdel, R-Rochester Hills, looks forward to hearing from Greater Rochester residents and providing an update on his work representing the community in the Michigan Legislature.
Tisdel represents Michigan’s 45th House District, which includes the cities of Rochester and Rochester Hills and part of Oakland Township.
Rep. Tisdel lauds passage of bipartisan plan to bolster election efficiency, security. Plan will preprocess ballots, increase security for absentee voting.
Lansing, MI - Oct 6, 2022 - In an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote, state Rep. Mark Tisdel and the Michigan Legislature recently approved a plan to conduct the state’s elections more smoothly and securely.
The bipartisan reform proposals, the result of an agreement between legislators and the governor, will help local clerks clean up the voter rolls, set up polling places, improve security for ballot drop boxes, and prepare absentee voter ballots for counting on Election Day. The plan will also improve access for members of the military stationed overseas.
“Whether they cast their ballots absentee or at the polls, our bipartisan plan will provide Michigan voters accessible, secure, efficient elections,” said Tisdel, R-Rochester Hills. “Enhanced protections for voter rolls and ballot drop boxes will bolster security, while early preprocessing and expanded polling place options will help our dedicated local clerks maintain accessibility and efficiency. Our on-duty members of the military will also have better voting access from abroad. These common-sense election improvements are further proof of the important work we can accomplish for our state on a bipartisan basis.”
The plan, which Tisdel and the Legislature approved last Wednesday, will:
• Require the Secretary of State and county election clerks to clean up official voter rolls every month, removing dead voters from the lists and decreasing the chances of fraud.
• Create a chain of custody for absentee ballots, including better tracking of ballots retrieved from drop boxes.
• Allow clerks to preprocess absentee ballots for two days preceding Election Day.
• Enable secure, electronic return of ballots by active-duty military members stationed overseas.
• Expand options for communities that are struggling to find suitable polling locations — allowing elections to be conducted at privately owned buildings such as banquet centers or clubhouses, as long as the building is not owned by a candidate for office or someone who runs a political action committee.
Contained in House Bills 4491 and 6071 and Senate Bills 8 and 311, the bipartisan plan now heads to the governor for her expected approval.
Rep. Tisdel secures landfill remediation funding that could clean Rochester Hills lot. Mayor Barnett, City Council VP Bowyer voice support.
Rochester Hills, MI, Oct 4, 2022 - State Rep. Mark Tisdel, along with Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett and City Council Vice President Susan Bowyer, today touted critical funding they helped secure to remediate landfill sites in Michigan, an effort that could help clean up property in Rochester Hills.
The $100 million program, funded in a supplemental budget approved by Tisdel and the Legislature last week and signed by the governor today, will provide grants to remediate or redevelop landfill facilities for future economic development.
“With investment and hard work, a trash site can become a community treasure,” said Tisdel, R-Rochester Hills. “Landfill remediation efforts not only create a healthier environment. The transformative projects also create jobs and generate economic activity. Old, inactive landfill property in Rochester Hills has sat useless long enough, so I helped launch a new, bipartisan program to help fund cleanup work in Michigan. Restoring and repurposing landfills will clean and grow communities like Greater Rochester.”
Tisdel, who previously served eight years on the Rochester Hills City Council, said the support of city officials was crucial to securing the cleanup funding plan.
“Michigan’s recent supplemental budget includes a significant investment into the Strategic Outreach and Attraction Reserve fund,” Barnett said. “Resources will be available for site readiness improvements like brownfield rehabilitation. Rochester Hills will eagerly pursue a portion of these funds to rehabilitate property and open our doors to more commerce and industry in our city.”
Bowyer said: “The city of Rochester Hills appreciates state support to help clean up former landfills. The Madison Park landfill area is a priority for our city, as it sits across the street from our newest park, Innovation Hills, which has attracted a lot of attention for its inclusive playground and its numerous pathways and boardwalks in the nature areas. Landfill cleanup will greatly benefit our community, and I sincerely appreciate Rep. Tisdel’s efforts to fund the type of cleanup needed in Rochester Hills.”
Tisdel last year helped secure funding for Innovation Hills in the state budget.
“Leaders in Rochester Hills, including Mayor Barnett and Council Vice President Bowyer, tirelessly advocate for our city,” Tisdel said. “Thanks to their committed efforts, our state and community will have a cleaner, brighter future.”
About State Representative Mark Tisdel
State Rep. Mark Tisdel, of Rochester Hills, represents Greater Rochester in the Michigan House of Representatives. The 45th House District, which Tisdel represents, includes the cities of Rochester and Rochester Hills and part of Oakland Township.
Representative Mark Tisdel is one of 110 Members of The Michigan House of Representatives who are elected by the qualified electors of districts having approximately 77,000 to 91,000 residents.
Representatives are elected in even-numbered years to 2-year terms. Legislative districts are drawn on the basis of population figures through the federal decennial census.
October 10, 2022, from the office of 45th District Michigan House Representative Mark A. Tisdel