Oshtemo Township

Trustee Dave Bushouse cast the lone dissenting vote, saying that he didn't think the township had jurisdiction on the issue.

The company behind the project says it is pleased that state officials have approved the new transmission line.

The township consulted an administrative law judge who said the company’s certificate did not show how the project would outweigh the social, financial, and environmental costs.

The proposed ordinance is modeled on similar laws adopted by the City of Kalamazoo and Kalamazoo Township. Among other things it would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Ordinance would include protection from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity