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On February 28, 1907, the Detroit Free Press carried an article hoping that before the present week is ended, an act to legalize the playing of Sunday ball in any municipality, after a public referendum, will be introduced and passed. The bill is scheduled to be introduced by Rep. George Duncan of Detroit. While Sunday ball has been barred in Detroit and in Wayne County in fact, it has been played in a number of cities out in the state!
In addition, home town fans can look for a new electric scoreboard to be installed at Bennett Park!
Source : Joe S. Jackson, "Bill To Allow Sunday Baseball to Detroit Ready at Lansing", Detroit Free Press, February 28, 1907, p. 8.
On February 28, 1832, the U.S. Congress established the Detroit Arsenal in Dearbornville. The actual site was selected in July and construction of 11 buildings started the next year. One of those buildings, the Commandant's Quarters, still stands at 21950 Michigan Avenue in Dearborn. It is the oldest building in Dearborn still located on its original site, and is considered to be one of the seven most significant buildings in Michigan. It was designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 1956 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.
Richardville, Whitmer Alarmed At State Of Proposal 1
With about nine weeks until voters will be asked whether to increase the sales tax as part of an agreement to fund the state's ailing roads, two of the four legislative leaders in the room for the lame-duck agreement that led to Proposal 15-1 expressed concern about the fate of the proposal's passage.
Agri-Business Association Urges Efficiency, Infrastructure In Energy Law
The businesses working in the agriculture industry have three top priorities as the Legislature prepares to take up a rewrite of Michigan's energy law: maintaining the current efficiency requirement, improving the state's energy infrastructure and recognizing that there is a strong demand for energy in rural areas.
Medical Society Backs New Medicaid Drug Prescription System
The Department of Community Health's plan to install one manager for all prescriptions for all Medicaid patients in Michigan instead of having each insurer run its own prescription services has picked up the support of the Michigan State Medical Society.
Whitmer Heads To Teaching, Richardville Consulting
Former Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer will be teaching a class on gender and the law at her alma mater, Michigan State University, this summer, and former Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville is working on consulting for now, with other projects potentially on the rise, the pair told Gongwer News Service in separate interviews Friday.
Plaintiffs File Brief With Supreme Court In Same-Sex Marriage Case
Attorneys for the plaintiffs in the Michigan case seeking to overturn the state's ban on same-sex marriage filed their brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday, urging the court to recognize the potential harm done to the plaintiffs' children since the two women cannot get married and therefore cannot jointly adopt in the state of Michigan.
DNR Appeals Wolf Ruling
Just days after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reposted the gray wolf as an endangered species, the Department of Natural Resources announced it had appealed the ruling requiring that posting. The appeal of the U.S. District Court ruling in December is the next step in an ongoing battle over the legal status of the wolves, which have been delisted several times in recent years, only to be returned to the list by courts. Wildlife groups have challenged the delisting because it has generally been followed with hunting seasons, including the first ever in Michigan in 2013.
Meekhof Plans Legislation To Block MEA President's Pension Participation
In the wake of a recent article from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy's newsletter against Michigan Education Association President Steve Cook's participation in the state teacher pension system, Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof announced late Friday that he would be proposing legislation to end the agreement.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #54, Report 42, February 27, 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.
The bonds that were issued to purchase new office space for the Senate could cost an estimated $134 million over the next 32 years, according to a lease between the Senate and the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF)
That price tag is the estimated net total of debt service payments for the $68 million in bonds that MSF issued to fund the purchase of eight floors of the Capitol View building. The building is located on Allegan Street across from the Capitol.
The Michigan Department of Community Health (DCH) currently rents space in Capitol View from the Boji Group, which owns the building. But by 2017, the space will be the home of the Senate offices.
Under the plans, the Senate will lease the space from MSF, which had the ability to issue tax-exempt bonds for the project. The bonds were sold this week.
For the full article, see "Debt Service On Bonds For Senate Office Space Could Hit $134M", Inside MIRS Today, February 27, 2015.
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With the popular rideshare service Uber taking a foothold in six Michigan cities over the past two years, state and local leaders have been working to put in place laws that provide a regulatory framework for the company to operate in Michigan.
"Uber is one of those that doesn't necessarily fit in the box nice and square," Kalamazoo City Clerk Scott Borling said. "There are questions as to, well, what are they exactly? Are they a taxi? Are they a limo?"
If a bill introduced by a state representative from Saginaw becomes law, the answer to Borling's questions would be neither.
Republican Tim Kelly's bill, House Bill 4032, would recognize companies like Uber and Lyft where users can summon a ride to a specific location with their smartphones as transportation network companies. The bill, which was introduced in January, has been referred to the House's Committee on Communications and Technology.
The legislation, which was first introduced in November by Kelly and Rep. Aric Nesbitt, R-Lawton, failed to pass the House of Representatives. It would require Uber and Lyft to register with the Department of State and mandate such things as vehicle inspections, proper insurance coverage and criminal background checks for drivers.
For the full article, see Rex Hall Jr, "Statewide Uber regulations sought as rideshare services evolve in Kalamazoo, other Michigan cities", MLive, February 27, 2015.
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