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On this day the University of Michigan became the first Big Ten School to have an indoor hockey rink.
Source : Historical Society of Michigan
On this day the 13th Amendment to the Constitution ending slavery was ratified. Michigan's Senator Jacob M. Howard is credited with working closely with Abraham Lincoln in drafting and passing the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which abolished slavery. In the Senate, he also served on the Joint Committee on Reconstruction which drafted the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Source : Historical Society of Michigan
Senate Tightens PSC Role In Landline Bill
The Senate on Thursday passed a bill that would streamline the process for phone companies to end traditional landline service to customers under certain conditions, changing some wording to ensure the Public Service Commission must take a consumer's complaint regarding service providers if his or her current provider chooses to discontinue that service.
Bolger: 3rd Grade Reading, Letter Grade Bills Need More Work
House Speaker Jase Bolger said on Thursday that bills that would retain certain third-graders testing insufficiently in reading and provide a letter grading system for schools still need more work to get to the "A grade" he's looking for.
Work On Medical Marijuana, Dispensary Bills To Stretch Into 2014
The House Judiciary Committee took testimony Thursday on legislation that would allow for medical marijuana dispensaries and permit medical marijuana edibles, but the slim chance of trying to send them to Governor Rick Snyder before the end of the year slipped away as expected.
Group Gives State Flunking Grade On Supreme Court Transparency
Financial disclosure requirements for Michigan's Supreme Court members do not include any information about investments and would make it difficult for individuals to know if justices might have any conflicts of interest when hearing cases, the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Public Integrity said in giving Michigan's highest court a failing grade in disclosure.
Laura Cox Expected To Run For House
Wayne County Commissioner Laura Cox is expected to run for the 19th House District in a bid to succeed Rep. John Walsh (R-Livonia), who cannot seek re-election because of term limits.
House Panel Puts Violence Hotline Out For Bid
The Department of Attorney General would still be in charge of marketing and overseeing the new OK-2-Say hotline to report threats of violence in schools, but the operation of the line would go to the best bidder as the bill was reported from the House Appropriations Committee.
Audit Pans State's 'One-Stop Shop' For Business Licensing, Permitting
The Michigan Business One Stop System, developed in 2007 with the purpose of creating a single point of entry for persons and businesses doing business with state government and streamlining the licensing and permitting process, is in such woeful shape that most state departments don't use the system, according to a scathing audit released Thursday.
House Approves Wholesale Aviation Fuel Tax
House Republicans said on Thursday that the chamber's passage of aviation fuel tax changes was a bipartisan vote that proves the Legislature can work together and is a good first step in a more comprehensive transportation funding solution.
Committee Approves Insurance Changes Package
A series of bills making numerous changes to the state's Insurance Code, including one that would permit companies not to pay interest on late payments, was reported to the full House by the Insurance Committee on Thursday.
Senate OKs Blight, Bridge Card Restriction Bills
A five-bill package supporters say would give municipalities the tools to fight blight in urban areas saw final approval from the Senate on Thursday as it concurred in substitutes presented by the House and enrolled the bills.
Senate Regulatory Reform Takes Up E-Cigarette Bills
The Senate Regulatory Reform Committee on Thursday did not report a pair of bills that would include e-cigarettes and e-cigarette cartridges in provisions prohibiting a minor from buying, possessing, or using a tobacco product, as well as prohibit a person from selling, giving or furnishing a tobacco product to a minor.
Hughes Officially Announces Run For 91st House District
Former Republican Rep. Holly Hughes announced on Thursday she is running in the 91st House District seat where Rep. Collene Lamonte currently serves.
Survey: Residents Less Confident On Economy, Obama Down, Snyder Up
Michigan residents are slightly less confident about their personal economics than they were earlier in the year, the most recent State of the State Survey shows, though a larger number of respondents felt they were better off today than a year ago.
Crowdfunding Bill Clears Senate Committee
The Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee unanimously approved legislation Thursday that would allow businesses seeking investors through crowdfunding to avoid having to register the stocks sold to those investors.
House Announces 5% Raises In Office Allotments
House Speaker Jase Bolger's office announced this week a 5 percent increase in the office budgets for all 110 House members and to the Republican and Democratic central staff budgets.
Secretary Johnson Seeks Investigation Of Non-Citizen Voters
Secretary of State Ruth Johnson has requested the Department of Attorney General investigate 10 people she said are verified as not citizens, but who have voted in recent elections.
Grand Rapids Veterans Home
The Senate Appropriations State Police and Military Affairs Subcommittee on Thursday heard testimony from officials with the Grand Rapids Veterans Home on its complaint process, but committee chair Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R-Canton Township) said he would like to see more "proactive communication" on formal complaints and "more effective reporting" back to legislators, in particular, about those complaints.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #52, Report 237, December 5, 2013. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library.
Internet-based phone service could come calling at more Michigan homes, after the Senate today passed a bill that would pave the way for providers to more easily replace landline services.
Under General Orders, an S-2 replaced the S-1 that had come out of committee, which sponsor Sen. Mike NOFS (R-Battle Creek) said would provide even more consumer protections.
The big change is giving a little bit more authority to the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC), which now has the authority to declare an emergency and identify a willing provider if a customer's service is not up to par.
For the full article, see "Senate Loud & Clear In Telecommunications Vote", Inside MIRS Today, December 5, 2013.
Other topics covered include:
• Senate Loud & Clear In Telecommunications Vote
• Questions Of Parental Involvement, Testing Pester Ed Reforms
• Auditor: One-Stop Business Licensing Site Mostly Forgotten By Agencies
• Most Wayne County Residents 'Not Confident' In County Government
• SOS Wants AG Looking Into Non-Citizens Voting
• Paul Announcing 'Economic Freedom Zones' In Motown
• Young Patients Lobby For Medical Marijuana Expansions
• Johnson Joining 14th Congressional Mix
• House Votes To Move 5 Judgeships, 4 Out Of Wayne County
• Survey: Michiganders Predict Brighter Financial Future
• Called A 'Step' On Transportation Funding, Aviation Bills Pass
• Lawmakers Off To Balanced Budget Convention
• Bills Pass To Stop Bridge Card Use At Casinos, Strip Clubs
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