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On March 7, 1932, the Ford Hunger March was organized by John Schmies, communist candidate for mayor of Detroit, & led by Albert Goetz. 3,000 marched from Detroit to Dearborn asking for union recognition, full employment (Ford had undergone massive layoffs) & a 6-hour work day w/no reduction in wages. When Dearborn police attempted to stop them at the border, rioting resulted, killing 4 marchers & injuring hundreds.
Corrections: Worker Error Led To Ionia Escape
The escape of a prisoner from the Ionia Correctional Facility primarily stemmed from Department of Corrections employees failing to properly reset motion sensor alarms as well as several sensors aimed too high to detect the inmate crawling along the snow-covered ground, according to a report released Thursday by the Department of Corrections. The report gives the first detailed account of how Michael Elliot, serving life in prison for a quadruple homicide, pulled off his surprising escape that ended with his capture in Indiana after carjacking a woman in Ionia and kidnapping her to help him flee.
High Court Hears Juvenile Sentencing Arguments
The Supreme Court has the potential not only to allow parole for some currently serving mandatory life in prison without that option, but also to prevent life without parole for some juvenile offenders under cases argued Thursday.
Poleski Declines Senate Run; Path Appears Clear For Shirkey
Rep. Earl Poleski officially announced late Thursday that he would not seek the 16th Senate District seat in November as current seat holder Sen. Bruce Caswell declines re-election for retirement, and that Mr. Poleski will pursue re-election in the House.
Conservation Groups Challenge Schuette To Get More From Gas Companies
While the filing of criminal charges by Attorney General Bill Schuette against two gas and oil companies caught in a bid-rigging scandal was a good first step, the possible fines the two companies face is "pocket change" in the face of the possibility that Michigan may have been cheated out of more than $200 million in the process, conservation groups charged Thursday.
Senate Passes E-Cigarette Legislation
The Senate on Thursday unanimously passed a pair of bills prohibiting minors from purchasing or using e-cigarettes. Some health organizations have been skeptical that the legislation (SB 667 and SB 668) does not go far enough and want to regulate e-cigarettes like regular tobacco products, but the tobacco industry disagreed and supports the legislation that will now be before the House Regulatory Reform Committee.
Peters Sees A Change In Campaign Managers
Any change at the top in the middle of a heated political campaign always invites talk of a shake-up, and such was the case Thursday when U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, announced that campaign manager Julie Petrick had resigned.
House Panel Debates Delegate Appointment For Convention Of States
Now that the House Financial Liability Reform Committee has reported resolutions to call for a convention of the states to draft a balanced budget amendment for the U.S. Constitution, the committee began discussions Thursday on the how to choose the delegates to send.
Microbrewery Expansion Bills Clear Senate Committee
A package of bills that would redefine a microbrewer and a brewpub in an effort to help Michigan businesses expand were reported Thursday from the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee.
Legal Age Of Tattoos, Piercings, Raised In Senate Committee
Sen. Glenn Anderson on Thursday presented his plan to the Senate Health Policy Committee to reduce the chances of a child younger than 16 years of age being tattooed, branded, or pierced through coercion or unlawful consent.
Sen. John Moolenaar (R-Midland) presented his plan to remove the necessity for primary care physicians to provide a referral for a person to receive physical therapy. Mr. Moolenaar said SB 690 represented a compromise plan between the two entities that is "in the best interest of Michigan." The bill would permit a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant to treat an individual without a prescription for physical therapy services, subject to requirements to refer a patient to an appropriate health professional or obtain a prescription after 10 visits or 21 days, whichever comes first.
House Dems' EAA Alternative Discharged From Education Committee
The House Democrats' motion to discharge their alternative plan to the Education Achievement Authority was surprisingly approved on Thursday and the bills now sit on the House floor after not receiving a committee hearing.
Poll Suggests Trouble For Moss In 13th Senate District Race
A poll released Thursday by the Republican political consulting firm Murray Communications shows former Rep. Mary Knollenberg still has pretty solid name recognition despite it being unclear whether he is running for the 13th Senate District seat, but it also spells trouble for former Rep. Chuck Moss, who garnered the least support in a poll of likely Republican primary voters.
Marsden Departs Senate Republican Staff
Longtime top Senate Republican staffer Matt Marsden resigned Thursday, saying he plans to continue work in politics but feels the time is right personally and professionally to leave the Senate GOP caucus. With three children under the age of four, continuing to make the 140-mile roundtrip trek between his home in Clarkston and the Capitol had become too much, he said.
C-PAN Says $10M Cap A Myth In Auto Insurance Proposal
The proposed $10 million cap in House Speaker Jase Bolger's revised proposal changing how the state handles insurance for catastrophic auto accident injuries is illusory, defenders of the existing system said Thursday.
Study: Minimum Wage Increase Means Decrease In SNAP Spending
A report released this week from the Center for American Progress found that if the federal minimum wage were increased to $10.10 it would reduce government spending on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program by $205.4 million in the state. The report also showed at least 110,000 Michiganders would no long need to rely on the program with a $10.10 per hour minimum wage.
MEA Launches Website Aimed At Snyder's Education Funding
The Michigan Education Association launched a new website on Thursday that it said shows Governor Rick Snyder has "shortchanged" schools affecting all areas including classroom sizes, courses and programs. The site is based on data publicly available through the State Aid Status Report, House Fiscal Agency and Mr. Snyder's executive recommendation, a statement said.
Calley Signs Mental Health Services Legislation
Lt. Governor Brian Calley signed legislation on Thursday that facilitates more treatment options for people suffering from mental illness.
Gun Brandishing / Concealed Handguns
The House Judiciary Committee on Thursday unanimously reported HB 5091 and HB 5092, which would define "brandish" in statute and exempt a person in lawful possession of an openly carried firearm from the prohibition on brandishing in public.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #53, Report 44, March 6, 2014. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library.
The fate of the more than 300 juvenile lifers in Michigan prisons, and whether their mandatory life sentences without parole can be altered, was in front of the Michigan Supreme Court (MSC) today.
The MSC took oral arguments in three separate cases involving juveniles sentenced to life without parole. The discussions dove deep into the language and intent of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Miller v. Alabama, which ruled that imposing a mandatory life sentence for juveniles violates the Eighth Amendment against cruel and unusual punishment.
But Miller didn't answer if juveniles already behind bars for life have the same opportunity for parole that future juvenile offenders sentenced to life will have.
All three cases, People v. Raymond Curtis Carp, People v. Cortez Roland Davis and People v. Dakotah Wolfgang Eliason, deal with the question of whether the Miller decision applies retroactively to each of the defendants.
For the full article, see "State Supremes Examine Question Of Juvenile Lifer Parole", Inside MIRS Today, March 6, 2014.
Other topics covered include:
• State Supremes Examine Question Of Juvenile Lifer Parole
• Top 10 House Seats Most Likely To Flip
• Failure To Reset Alarms For Six Hours “Critical Error” In Prison Escape
• Dems' EAA Alternative Bills Win Discharge, R's Promise A 'Look'
• Schauer Needs Dems To Show Up, GOP To Stay Home To Win
• Santana Seeks 'Cooling-Off Period' With Dem Caucus
• R's, D's Debate How To Pick Delegates For Convention Of States
• Kahn, Anderson Question House Road Spending
• Senate Votes To Keep E-Cigarettes Out Of Youths' Mouths
• CPAN: Auto Insurance Plan Brings 'Unprecedented Limitations'
• Bill Would Stop Tattooing Of Minors
• Calley Signs Mental Health Diversion Bills
• MEA Not On Board With $291 Per Pupil Hike, Urges Full Ed Funding
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E-cigarettes, which have grown in popularity since the state imposed a ban on smoking cigarettes in restaurants, would be forbidden for minors under a pair of bills unanimously passed by the state Senate on Thursday.
The bills would prohibit minors younger than 18 from buying or using e-cigarettes and keep retailers from selling the product to minors. It is illegal now for minors to buy real cigarettes, but not the e-cigarettes. Violation of the law would carry a $50 fine for both the minor and seller.
For the full article, see Kathleen Gray, "Michigan Senate votes to ban e-cigarette sales to minors", Detroit Free Press, March 6, 2014.
Michigan’s gay marriage trial ended on an explosive note today, with the state’s final witness saying he believes unrepentant homosexuals are going to hell.
His views emerged following a question from plaintiffs attorney Ken Mogill, who is fighting to overturn Michigan’s ban on gay marriage.
For the full article, see Tresa Baldas, "State's last witness says unrepentant homosexuals are going to hell", Detroit Free Press, March 6, 2014.
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