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Three members of Michigan's congressional delegation are introducing a measure that could help block a decision potentially raising electricity costs on Upper Peninsula residents.
The legislation would require the Federal Energy Regulatory Committee (FERC) to review, analyze and ultimately disapprove a decision by another regulatory body if it is found to result in "unjust and unreasonable rate increases."
U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and U.S. Reps. Dan Benishek, R-Crystal Falls, and Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, introduced the legislation that would require FERC to take additional steps which could block a decision by the North American Electric Reliability Corp.
Opponents say that decisions could result in a $100 million annual electric rate increase in the Upper Peninsula if implemented.
The decision by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), an international regulatory agency which falls under FERC's oversight, overturned an earlier finding that would have limited the costs residents and small businesses would have to bear to keep the Presque Isle Power Plant operating.
For the full article, see Todd Spangler, "Lawmakers propose bill to stop U.P. energy hikes", Detroit Free Press, November 17, 2014.
Lawyers for April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse on Monday filed a petition for the Supreme Court to hear their case challenging Michigan's gay marriage ban.
The Hazel Park couple sued the state because they can't jointly adopt their three children with the ban in place, and a federal judge in March ruled in their favor, briefly making same-sex marriage legal in Michigan before an appeals court stayed that decision the next day and reversed it Nov. 6, upholding the ban.
For the full article, see Khalil AlHajal, "4 reasons Supreme Court asked to review Michigan gay marriage case", MLive, November 17, 2014.
A Republican plan to divide Michigan electoral college votes was met with criticism Monday during a state House committee hearing, where opponents argued it was an attempt to “rig” presidential elections.
The proposal, introduced last week by state Rep. Pete Lund of Shelby Township, would replace Michigan’s winner-take-all system with a proportional version allowing the runner-up to win some electoral votes.
Lund, in testimony before the House Election and Ethics Committee, argued that his proposal would make Michigan a more appealing campaign target for presidential candidates who too often treat it as a “flyover” state.
For the full article, see Jonathan Oosting, "Critics knock GOP plan to 'rig' presidential election by dividing Michigan electoral college votes", MLive, November 17, 2014.
What is the political reality for an Elliott-Larsen expansion bill in lame duck without the active support of AT&T President Jim Murray? What other issues look to be in big trouble during the last few weeks of the 2013-14 session? And why are House Republicans bringing up an Electoral College reform bill?
Emily Dievendorf of Equality Michigan talks -- among other issues -- about the possibility of an Elliott-Larsen expansion measure and a gay marriage legalization initiative getting on the 2016 ballot together.
On November 17, 2006, former University of Michigan football coach Glenn "Bo" Schembechler collapsed during the taping of a Michigan-Ohio State pregame show at WXYZ-TV in Southfield and pronounced dead a couple hours later at Providence Hospital. He was the winningest coach Wolverine football has ever had, posting a record of 194-48-5 over his 21 seasons and winning at least a share of the Big Ten title 13 times. He never had a losing season as a head coach and went 11-9-1 against the hated Buckeyes.
Source : Detroit Historical Society
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