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MBIA Advocates for Boating in Michigan

Monday, May 18, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Amanda Wendecker

Since 1958, the Michigan Boating Industries Association has been the “voice of boating in Michigan,” as the state trade association for boating. With the mission to advance, promote, and protect boating in the state, advocacy and lobbying in Lansing and Washington D.C. is always top priority for the organization.

 

“During this uncertain time, our staff, lobbyist, and legal counsel have all worked incredibly hard behind the scenes to keep boating as a recreation option for our citizens, and to help our MBIA members and businesses in the industry stay afloat,” said MBIA Executive Director Nicki Polan. “We’re in regular contact with the Governor’s office and have sent frequent updates to our members due to constant changes to loan information, boating restrictions, and business capabilities.”

 

While boating is not an essential business, marinas and dealers are able to conduct business safely to allow boaters to gain access to their vessels and sell products with contactless pickups and delivery. “The MBIA was able to create videos and manuals with our members and national partners to demonstrate how we could safely conduct business. We used these tools to help those in Lansing and the Governor’s Office to better understand our industry.” said Polan.

 

While the COVID-19 Pandemic is overshadowing many other legislative initiatives, the MBIA continues to advocate for other top priorities:

1.       Secretary of State registrations backlogged from COVID-19 shut down

2.       Assistance to marinas around the state affected by the record high water levels

3.        Educating new legislators in Lansing and D.C. about the economic and social impact of boating in Michigan

4.       Protecting the Michigan State Waterways Fund

5.       Keeping Ethanol-free fuel available for boats

6.       Stopping bans on Wake Boats

 

 And Much more!


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