Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman has been named 2019 Great Lakes Legislator of the Year, an honor presented annually by the Great Lakes Maritime Task Force, a labor-management coalition that includes MM&P.
The award is given to a legislator who has advanced waterborne commerce on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway.
“We are especially grateful that Senator Portman played a key role in passing the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act as part of the Coast Guard Authorization bill,” said Great Lakes Maritime Task Force President John Baker.
“While preserving a role for the states and the Environmental Protection Agency, it charged the Coast Guard with primary responsibility for implementing and enforcing vessel regulations. Senator Portman negotiated language that overwhelmingly passed the House and Senate.”
“I’m honored to be named the 2019 Great Lakes Legislator of the Year by the Great Lakes Maritime Task Force,” Portman said.
“As co-chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, I will continue to lead the fight to protect our Great Lakes while ensuring our shipping industry in Ohio and across the region remains competitive.”