Governor signs Jones bill to help protect national security

Sen. Rick Jones

Sen. Rick Jones

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder has signed Sen. Rick Jones’ legislation to help a local Anthrax vaccine maker to better secure its operations.

“Emergent Bio-Defense Systems operates a local facility and are the only makers of Anthrax vaccine,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “This lab is critical to keeping our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines supplied with protection against Anthrax.”

Senate Bill 844, now Public Act 179 of 2016, will allow the state to sell a piece of unwanted and unused land and vacant building to Emergent Bio-Defense Systems — with the transaction conducted in the same process as any other piece of land sold by the state.

“Acquiring this land will enable the company to improve security at one of its entrances,” Jones said. “Considering the unique service Emergent provides our servicemen and women, helping them make their lab more secure is also about protecting our national security.”