LANSING — The Michigan House of Representatives approved Senate Bills 703-707 today which will clarify in statute the goal of tourism marketing and advertising efforts through regional convention and visitor bureaus (CVB) assessments, and ensure appropriate coordination between local bureaus and the State. In response to its passage, state Rep. Sarah Anthony (D-Lansing) issued the following statement:

“This legislation will remove legal ambiguities and challenges that have continually impeded the work of the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau, along with CVBs throughout the state, which are critical to promoting regional tourism. SB 703, together with the Community Revitalization Program grant recently awarded for the Lansing City Market, will give us the tools to more efficiently capitalize on the momentum behind the revitalization of the downtown area. Going forward I am excited to see great things from CVBs statewide and the positive outcomes this legislation will have on the people of Lansing.”