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A package of bills that will ensure special millage revenues go where the money is intended passed the state Senate with unanimous support Tuesday and now move to Gov. Rick Snyder to sign.
For the full article, see Kathlleen Gray, "Senate bill protects millage money earmarked for DIA, Detroit Zoo", Detroit Free Press, June 11, 2013.
Bills that would toughen rules for thieves and the scrap yards that buy the material will have to wait until at least the fall before it gets a vote in the Legislature.
The bills faced questions from skeptical lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle Tuesday during a House Regulatory Reform Committee hearing.
Many felt the bills make scrap yards do the work that law enforcement should be doing. And others felt that legitimate scrap yards were being penalized by a few “bad actors.”
For the full article, see Kathleen Gray, "Bills to toughen rules against scrap metal thieves, dealers tabled by skeptical lawmakers", Detroit Free Press, June 11, 2013.
Without discussion or debate, the state Senate passed a bill intended to protect the Detroit Institute of Arts art collection from sale in the event of a bankruptcy in the city of Detroit.
For the full article, see Kathleen Gray, "Michigan Senate passes bill to protect DIA artwork from sale", Detroit Free Press, June 11, 2013.
Foreclosure rules giving delinquent homeowners extra time to get up to date with their mortgages passed the state Senate Tuesday without tighter requirements that many found objectionable.
Currently, homeowners delinquent on their house payments have a 90-day grace period before foreclosure proceedings begin. After that three-month period, when the home moves into the foreclosure process, there is a six-month period where the homeowner can redeem or sell the property before it goes into final foreclosure.
For the full article, see Kathleen Gray, "Delinquent homeowners to get more time under state Senate bill", Detroit Free Press, June 11, 2013.
A bill authorizing the display of the Ten Commandments in public schools alongside the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence was introduced in the Michigan Senate and will be debated by a Senate panel Wednesday.
Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R-Canton) is sponsoring two bills that would ban censorship of "America's founding documents" by public schools and require civics and American history education during "Constitution Week." He introduced Senate Bill 423 on Tuesday.
For the full article, see Brian Smith, "Displaying Ten Commandments in schools is part of 'censorship' bill in Michigan Legislature", MLive, June 11, 2013.
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