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Unionized state employees would receive modest raises but pay more for less health insurance coverage under recommendations for a two-year contract from a state panel seeking to end an impasse.
The panel also recommends keeping existing contract language requiring payment of union dues and/or agency fees until a court dispute is resolved over whether right-to-work legislation passed in December applies to state employees.
For the full article, see Paul Egan, "Panel recommends Michigan state employees get 2% pay hikes, pay more for health care", Detroit Free Press, December 2, 2013.
The Michigan Legislature could act as soon as Tuesday to approve a controversial petition initiative that would require women to buy an additional rider on their health insurance if they want abortion coverage.
Since the Legislature has strong anti-abortion majorities in both the state House and Senate, it has a good chance of passing and immediately becoming law. But Democrats and abortion rights supporters won’t let the measure be approved without a fight.
For the full article, see Kathleen Gray, "Controversial abortion insurance proposal moves to Michigan Legislature", Detroit Free Press, December 2, 2013.
A Michigan woman with help from the ACLU is taking on the nation’s Catholic hospitals in federal court, alleging they are forcing pregnant women in crisis into having painful miscarriages rather than terminate the pregnancy — and not giving them any options.
The Muskegon woman, who developed an infection and miscarried 18 weeks into her pregnancy, sued the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops today, alleging the group’s anti-abortion directive denies proper medical care to women like herself.
For the full article, see Tracy Baldas, "Michigan woman sues Catholic bishops after hospital fails to treat her miscarriage", Detroit Free Press, December 2, 2013.
Legislation that would roll back a provision of Michigan’s restaurant smoking ban to allow smokers to light up while dining at sidewalk cafés or patios outside of restaurants has gained bipartisan support.
Besides 10 Republicans, the bill has Democrats from Roseville and Taylor as cosponsors.
For the full article, see Bill Laitner, "Bill would allow smoking at Michigan outdoor cafés, patios", Detroit Free Press, December 2, 2013.
The future of a small northern Michigan casino took center stage Monday before the U.S. Supreme Court in a case that tests the limits of Native American sovereignty.
Michigan Solicitor General John Bursch argued before the justices that the Bay Mills Indian Community, a tribe based in the Upper Peninsula, opened an illegal casino in northern Michigan and that the gaming facility should remain shuttered.
The lawyer for the tribe, Neal Katyal, told the High Court that although the casino was opened off the tribe’s reservation, it should be considered Indian land and therefore immune from Michigan’s lawsuit under tribal sovereignty rules.
For the full article, see Marisa Shultz, "Supreme Court hears arguments over Michigan's bid to shut tribal casino", Detroit News, December 2, 2013.
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