LaSata makes push for dark sky preserve in Cass County

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Kim LaSata on Wednesday urged colleagues on the Senate’s Natural Resources Committee to support legislation that would designate the Dr. T.K. Lawless Park, in the town of Jones, as a state-recognized dark sky preserve.

“Thousands of Southwest Michigan families and visitors alike have been coming to view and enjoy the night sky at the Dr. T.K. Lawless Park for generations,” said LaSata, R-Bainbridge Township. “Designating the park as an officially recognized state dark sky preserve would help attract even more visitors.”

Michigan is currently home to six dark sky preserves on state-owned land or state parks, and two “internationally designated dark sky parks,” including Dr. T.K. Lawless Park.

House Bill 4740, sponsored by Rep. Aaron Miller, would add Dr. T.K. Lawless Park, which is county-owned and managed, as an officially recognized dark sky preserve.

HB 4740 was reported by the committee and now goes before the full Senate for consideration.

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Sen. Kim LaSata speaks in support of a bill sponsored by Rep. Aaron Miller (pictured right) that would designate the Dr. T.K. Lawless Park as a state-recognized dark sky preserve.