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When voters go to the polls on May 5 to consider a proposal to raise billions of dollars to fix Michigan's roads, they'll encounter a 100-word, boiled down version of a complex series of bills passed in the wee hours of the last day of the legislative session in December.
The challenge for the state Board of Canvassers Thursday was to sift through the seven different proposals submitted by supporters and opponents of the proposal to come up with language that included all the facets of the road proposal. Those elements include, a constitutional amendment raising the state sales tax from 6% to 7% and the laws that are dependent on that passage, including the distribution of money through a complicated formula to roads, schools, local units of government, transit and low-income Michiganders.
For the full article, see Kathleen Gray, "Prop 1 ballot language for road funds approved", Detroit Free Press, February 26, 2015.
The state Senate gave approval Thursday to legislation that would eliminate county boards that oversee the granting of concealed handgun permits and sent the two bills to Gov. Rick Snyder.
The package is a revised version of late 2014 legislation the governor vetoed, saying he objected because it would have allowed granting hidden-gun permits to people who had judges’ personal protection orders lodged against them.
The new version, passed Wednesday by the state House, doesn’t have this provision. Abuse victims under the protection of such judges’ orders, however, could obtain concealed weapons permits if they or family or household members were in immediate danger.
The Senate approved House changes in the main bill Thursday 28-9 and sent it to Snyder. The governor hasn’t said whether the revisions are sufficient for him to sign them into law.
For the full article, see Gary Heinlein, "New gun board legislation heads to Gov. Snyder", Detroit News, February 26, 2015.
Chastity Pratt Dawsey, "When is college credit not a credit? Too often, when it’s earned at a community college" : For thousands of low-income students, a four-year college degree is only within reach if they start at community college, saving money on tuition. State lawmakers are leaning on colleges and universities to make that process easier by ensuring students’ hard-earned credits transfer with them.
Jenifer Martin, "Michigan must abolish cruel gas chamber deaths for shelter pets" : When abandoned animals must be euthanized, injection is not only more humane, but less expensive to carry out. There is no reason to allow shelters to inflict needless suffering on animals.
The state House is expected to vote on a bill that would require wireless carriers to share cellphone location information with law enforcement during emergencies.
Applicable emergencies would be limited to those where there is serious risk of death or physical harm, eliminating the need for a search warrant.
The proposed legislation is based on Kelsey's Law, which was prompted by the killing of a woman in Kansas in 2007. It reportedly took several days for Kelsey Smith's cellphone carrier to release location data from her phone to law enforcement after she was abducted.
For the full article, see "Bill would give Michigan police cell phone location data", Detroit Free Press, February 26, 2015.
For another, see Jonathan Oosting, "Emergency cell phone location disclosure proposal facing pushback in Michigan House", MLive, February 27, 2015.
Savvy families have a new must-see list with the reveal of our readers' winners for Best Museum for Families. Each of our winners makes an excellent destination on wet or chilly days, or a fun weekend outing in any weather. Many of the winning museums also have exhibits and activities which will keep teens and adults entertained.
Needless to say, the Henry Ford Museum was the only Michigan museum in the top ten.
USA Today's 10 best museums for families, February 26, 2014.
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