State Reps. Geiss and Clemente named MML legislators of the year

Two state representatives with ties to Taylor have been recognized as 2010 Legislator of the Year by the Michigan Municipal League.

State Rep. Douglas Geiss (D-Taylor) and State Rep. Edward Clemente (D-Lincoln Park) were honored for their instrumental actions in the Michigan State Legislature on behalf of Michigan's cities. Also honored was Rep. Joe Haveman (R-Holland). The awards were presented September 23 during the MML's 112th annual convention in Dearborn.

“These three leaders have a clear vision of the important role that healthy communities play in reviving Michigan and they have stayed true to it,” said Michigan Municipal League Executive Director and CEO Dan Gilmartin.

Geiss, whose District 22 also includes Romulus, is a former Taylor city councilman. Clemente is the former president of the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber of Commerce, which is based in Taylor. He represents District 14, which includes Ecorse, Lincoln Park, Melvindale, River Rouge and part of Allen Park.

Geiss was praised for his support of reforming Public Act 312. He hosted work groups and worked with MML staff on language to reform binding arbitration. He opposed expansion of PA 312 and also presented testimony before the House Judiciary Committee in support of online legal notices.

Clemente serves on the Banking and Financial Services, Commerce, and the Energy and Technology Committees, and chairs the House New Economy and Quality of Life Committee. He has worked with the MML to champion legislation to keep the Obsolete Property Rehabilitation Act, to keep the Brownfield Urban 20 Percent Credit, to create Town Gown districts, and on legislation to create a statewide body that will work on New Economy initiatives.