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Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville wants to rethink term limits in the Michigan Legislature, and he’s planning a late-year push before he is personally forced out after a maximum 14 years in office.
The Michigan Constitution, as amended by a vote of the people in 1992, allows an individual to serve three two-year terms in the state House and two, four-year terms in the Senate. If they serve in both chambers, lawmakers can serve up to 14 years.
Richardville wants to add more flexibility and the option for an extension.
He’s developing a proposal that would initially allow a state lawmaker to serve at least 12 years, regardless of chamber. Someone could serve six terms in the state House, for instance, or three terms in the state Senate.
They could then seek an extension — an additional term in the Senate or as many as three in the House, Richardville said — using the same process as a recall petition: Getting on the ballot by collecting signatures from 25 percent of voters in their district who participated in the most recent gubernatorial election.
For the full article, see Jonathan Oosting, "Should Michigan rethink term limits? Richardville plans push before leaving office", MLive, September 10, 2014.
Michigan Truth Squad, "Flagrant foul to teachers group for video bashing Snyder" : The MEA attacks governor for education cuts that it says led to slashed programs and big bonuses for CEOs.
Michigan Truth Squad, "Truth Squad gives warning in Snyder ‘Numbers’ ad" : Gov. Snyder gives himself a low-key pat on the back for economic improvements he says he has made as governor, and we run the numbers.
Terri Lynn Land is avoiding press and skirting debates in what’s largely a stealth campaign in Michigan.
For the full article, see David Cantonese, http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2014/09/10/michigans-terri-lynn-land-is-the-invisible-senate-candidate">"The Invisible Senate Candidate", U.S. News and World Report, September 10, 2014.
Laura Berman, "Land bets on no-show strategy", Detroit News, September 12, 2014.
As the New York Times notes: "...Smokers see butts as a more natural kind of trash than, say, a plastic bottle. But they are not biodegradable: they contain plastic filters that enter sewers and storm drains, and get swept into rivers and then out to sea, where they can release toxic chemicals including nicotine, benzene and cadmium."
The same article states that the city of San Francisco calculates it spends $11 million annually to clean up cigarette litter.
The City of Lansing and its promotional arm Downtown Lansing Inc. have decided to spend about $1,400 on 14 cigarette receptacles - not including the cost to install them on street lights along Washington Square and Michigan Avenue.
It's yet another hidden expense caused by the tobacco industry.
For the full article, seeMeegan Holland, "Cigarette butts become a costly litter problem for downtowns", MLive, September 10, 2014.
Gov. Rick Snyder today ordered U.S. flags on all state buildings and within the state Capitol Complex to be lowered to half-staff in honor of Michigan State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield, who died as a result of injuries suffered in the line of duty on Sept. 9. Flags should be returned to full-staff after his funeral service.
“It is with a heavy heart that we ask flags to be lowered in honor of a brave man who gave his life in service to others,” Snyder said. “We continue to keep Trooper Butterfield’s family, friends and colleagues in our thoughts and prayers.”
Butterfield, who was stationed out of the Hart Post, joined the state police in 1999 after graduating from the 118th Trooper Recruit School. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Army.
He was the son of a retired police officer and spent most of his time at a post in Manistee before he was transferred to Hart in Oceana County, 30 miles south of the shooting site.
"This senseless incident is a grim reminder that our brave public safety officers put their lives on the line every day when they go to work protecting Michiganders. They are heroes," he said. "Our hearts break when a Michigan State Police trooper, or any of our other police officers or firefighters, is killed in the line of duty. Their loss is unquestionably felt by their families as well as the communities they serve and our entire state." From Governor Snyder Press Release.
Attorney General Bill Schuette said “Butterfield made the ultimate sacrifice in serving our state.”
“The People of Michigan are privileged to have brave men and women like Trooper Butterfield who ensure the safety of our communities,” he said in a statement.
Butterfield was the 51st Michigan State trooper to die in the line of duty.
Michigan Newswire, September 10, 2013.
"Flags to be flown at half staff for slain Michigan State trooper, Detroit News, September 10, 2013.
Gongwer News Service, September 10, 2013.
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