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Jones has introduced S. Bill 534, which would prohibit the state and other public employers from offering medical benefits to people who are not employees' spouses or benefits.
Then-Governor Jennifer Granholm first negotiated domestic benefits with state employee unions in 2004, in the wake of a voter-approved ban on same sex marriage in Michigan. The state Civil Service Commission, which regulates state employees, approved the benefits in 2011 over the the objectives on newly elected Governor Rick Snyder. Years of legal battles ensued, with the Michigan Supreme Court refusing to hear a challenge from the administration in 2013.
Since the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex marriage was legal, Senator Jones want Michigan same-sex couples to be required to be married to be covered.
For the full article, see "Sen. Rick Jones offers bill to strip domestic partner benefits from state workers", Lansing State Journal, October 1, 2015.
Officials have declared a public health emergency over the city of Flint’s water after tests showed children with elevated levels of lead.
The city has drawn water from the Flint River after breaking ties to the Detroit water system last year. Residents have complained about the smell and taste, which officials had said met all safety standards.
But doctors recently reported high levels of lead in blood samples from children, as the water apparently aggravated lead in old pipes in homes.
Genesee County Commissioners recommended Thursday that people not drink the water unless tests show lower lead levels or the water has gone through an approved filter.
A coalition of citizens and national groups asked the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday to order Flint to re-join Detroit’s water system.
For the full article, see "Public health emergency declared in Flint", Detroit News, October 1, 2015.
For another see Jiquanda Johnson, "Don't drink Flint's water, Genesee county leaders warn ", MLive, October 1, 2015.
The Michigan Legislature is voting to let residents with disabilities open tax-free savings accounts to pay for related expenses such as education, housing and transportation.
The accounts would offer tax advantages similar to 529 college savings plans. Final approval of the legislation is expected in the House on Thursday.
Families could deposit up to $14,000 annually to pay for long-term needs.
Michigan would disregard the accounts when determining if someone with disabilities has too many assets to qualify for public assistance.
For the full article, see "Michigan close to OK’ing tax-free accounts for disabled", Detroit News, October 1, 2015.
The chief lobbying organization for Michigan’s 15 public universities has a new name: the Michigan Association of State Universities.
The new name, which also includes a logo, reflects a new mission and replaces the old name — Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan, officials said Thursday.
“We have evolved over the decades from a council of university presidents into a full-service association, where a wide array of higher education stakeholders come together to share best practices and collaborate in ways that make our universities stronger,” said Daniel J. Hurley, CEO of the Michigan Association of State Universities.
“Our new name reflects a reinvigorated mission in serving as the coordinating board for Michigan’s 15 public universities, providing advocacy and fostering policy to maximize the collective value these institutions provide in serving the public interest,” he said.
For the full article, see Kim Kozlowski, "Advocate for Mich. public universities renames itself", The Detroit News, October 1, 2015
Bridge Staff, "Part two: Reducing extreme college drinking, here and elsewhere" : Michigan universities have invested heavily in programs to curb dangerous drinking, with mixed results. Experts suggest ways that both schools and lawmakers in Lansing can help keep students safer. Meanwhile, a model for success emerges in Nebraska.
Mike Wilkinson, How one Nebraska school cut dangerous drinking by a third
Mike Wilkinson, Drinking students ring cash registers: the business of alcohol
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