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Michigan communities will have the option to include local races and proposals on the presidential primary ballot in 2016 and beyond under a new law signed Tuesday by Gov. Rick Snyder.
Public Act 197 of 2015, sponsored by Republican Rep. Ed McBroom of Vulcan, makes the presidential primary a regular election instead of a special election and clarifies filing deadlines for local races.
"Giving locals the flexibility to hold one election for numerous questions will help ensure efficiency and minimize costs for local communities across the state," Snyder said in a statement.
The state traditionally covers the cost of presidential primaries, and local governments are expected to save money by piggy-backing on the March date.
For the full article, see Jonathan Oosting, "Michigan's presidential primary ballot can include local races, proposals under new law", MLive, November 24, 2015.
Scores of Michigan families will have much to be grateful for Thanksgiving Day after finalizing the adoptions of about 100 children Tuesday during Michigan’s annual Adoption Day.
Celebrated the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, Adoption Day has become a Michigan tradition. Some courts in the state hosted informational events highlighting the importance of adoption and the needs of children in foster care.
Adoption Day is co-sponsored by the Michigan Supreme Court, the Michigan Department of Human Services, the Child Welfare Services division of the State Court Administrative Office and Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange.
Michigan Adoption Fast Facts
As of September 30, there are about 13,000 children in Michigan’s foster care system.
There are about 2,4 00 children whose parents’ rights have been terminated and have a goal of adoption.
More than 1,700 children were adopted in Michigan in FY2015 through DHHS or private
adoption agencies. On average 51 percent of children were adopted by their foster parents, 40 percent of children were adopted by relatives, and 9 percent of children were adopted by a recruited family.
Approximately 90 percent of children who are available for adoption qualify for assistance to help families with some of the costs of bringing children into their homes.
The total amount of adoption assistance paid to adoptive families by the state of Michigan is about $240 million annually.
Michigan’s Adoption Medical Subsidy Program is a reimbursement program that assists in
paying for services for adopted children who have an identified physical, mental, or emotional condition which existed, or the cause of which existed, before the adoption petition was filed.
Post adoption services are available statewide through eight Post Adoption Resource Centers and offer the following services: case management, including short-term and emergency in-home interve ntion; coordination of community services; information dissemination; education; training; advocacy; family recreation activities and support.
For the full article, see Mike Martindale and Karen Bouffard, "Adoption Day celebrates growing Michigan families", Detroit News, November 25, 2014.
Irving D. Reid takes the oath of office to become Wayne State University's first African-American president.
Ernest Hemingway’s family cottage, “Windemere,” in Emmet County was added to the list of national historic landmarks. In 1899, Ernest Hemmingway’s father built the “Windemere” cottage in Emmet County. And it was here that the famous fiction writer spent nearly all the summers of his youth. It was here that he began his life-long passions of hunting and fishing. And most importantly, it was here that he wrote some of his first serious fiction. Hemmingway produced numerous volumes of short stories and some of the most significant novels of the modern era, including The Sun Also Rises (1926), A Farewell to Arms (1929), For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940), and The Old Man and the Sea (1952). “Windemere” was added to the list of national historic landmarks on November 24, 1968.
"Michigan Historical Calendar", courtesy of the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University.
Jill Arnold, "The Son Also Rises", Seeking Michigan, September 18, 2012.
MacGregor Zeroes In On Planned Parenthood Funding
The newly formed Senate Oversight Committee could begin meeting next Thursday to discuss funding to Planned Parenthood and how it relates to the reception of federal money by Michigan, the committee's chair told Gongwer News Service in a recent interview.
Singh Defends Refugee Vetting Process
Rep. Sam Singh on Monday called the country's vetting process for refugees extremely comprehensive and said he disagrees with Governor Rick Snyder's "pause" on working to bring Syrian refugees into the state following terrorism attacks in Paris.
MSEA, AFSCME Ratify New Contract, Other Unions Still Voting
Two of the five major unions representing state government employees have ratified the proposed new contract.
Juvenile Justice Reforms Won't Be Reported Until 2016
The House Criminal Justice Committee is taking up a 20-bill package making various reforms to the juvenile justice system in the state - including ending the practice of automatically trying all 17 year-olds as adults - but the committee chair said the bills won't clear the committee until next year.
Conyers Announces Campaign For 27th Term
U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr. announced Monday that he is seeking to hold his place as the longest-serving current member of Congress, and he already has a long list of supporters in that effort.
Juvenile Overdose Deaths Tripled In Michigan, Report Says
With federal and state officials working to better track drug overuse, a national report said drug overdose deaths among young people in Michigan had tripled in just over a decade.
Despite Job Growth, Report Says Michigan Is Low Prosperity State
After nearly a decade of struggling in a single-state recession, and then fighting with the rest of the United States through the Great Recession, Michigan has become a leader in terms of job growth. But its drop in overall per capita income and lower number of adults actually working, as well as a low number of persons with college degrees, means the state has become a low-prosperity state, a report issued by the organization Michigan Future Incorporated argued.
Audit Cites Veterans Affairs For Maintenance Program
While the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs' maintenance program is at least moderately effective, Auditor General Doug Ringler said in a report issued Monday, the lack of central records left both building condition and overall preparedness in question.
HP Turns Over Source Code To State
Hewlett Packard met a judge-imposed deadline of 5 p.m. Friday to turn over the source code for information technology projects it had been pursuing for the Department of State, a department spokesperson said Monday.
The Department of Environmental Quality has redesigned its website to be more user-friendly. The site includes scrolling highlights, links to recent news releases and buttons for each of its divisions. The home page also includes a link to environmental emergency reporting processes.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #54, Report 231, November 23, 2015. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library. For assistance in accessing the database, stop by the MSU Library Reference Desk.
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