In the past Michign law allowed Michigan residents to buy wine directly from Michigan wineries, but not from wineries outside the state borders. The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down this law, claiming discrimination. Since the courts decision, the Michigan Liquor Control Commission is no longer enforcing the rule that barred non-Michigan wineries from selling to residents; however out-of-state wineries are still fearful of testing the waters.
Funding to test and treat Michigan prisoners for hepatitis C has been eliminated in House and Senate spending plans for 2005-6, effectively killing a plan to attack the potentially fatal and communicable disease festering inside the state's 42 prisons. A 2003 Lansing State Journal investigtive report found that up to 18,000 of Michigan's 48,000 prisoners are believed to harbor the virus.
Opponents of the war in Iraq held an unofficial hearing on Capitol Hill on Thursday (June 16) to draw attention to a leaked British government document that they say proves their case that President Bush misled the public about his war plans in 2002 and distorted intelligence to support his policy.
The American Library Association (ALA) today (June 20, 2005) released the findings of a comprehensive survey demonstrating the significant impact on the public of federal law enforcement activity in Americas libraries. Based on the survey findings, ALA believes that public anxiety and librarian concern over law enforcement activity in libraries is justified.
A White House official repeatedly edited climate reports in ways that play down links between emissions and global warming. Source: New York Times article, by Andrew C. Revkin, June 8, 2005. One of the ten most read New York Times articles from the past two weeks, June 22, 2005.
Congressional Research Service Reports via UNT aims to provide integrated, searchable access to many of the full-text CRS reports that have been available at a variety of different Web sites since 1990. Metadata has been created for each report, including subjects terms from the Legislative Indexing Vocabulary, supplemented with Library of Congress Subject Headings. Users have the ability to search by keyword, title, author, subject, and report number, and browse by subject.
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today signed legislation honoring two important pieces of African American history. Senate Bill 384 (PA 48) officially designates the third Saturday in June as Juneteenth National Freedom Day and November 26 as Sojourner Truth Day in Michigan.
For more information, see Governor Signs Legislation Honoring African American History, part of the upcoming July 2005 News from Around the State section of Red Tape.
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) today announced the creation of a Web link designed to help motorists locate the local names of state trunkline roads and highways (M, I and US roads). The Highways and Local Names page is available under Roads and Travel on the MDOT Web site at http://www.michigan.gov/mdot.
It's time to turn the Cookie Monster, Miss Piggy -- and Miss Marple -- loose on the Republican-dominated Congress.
The monster could run rampant through the hallowed halls of the Capitol, shaking some common sense into members. Miss Piggy could give them the classic "what for" and the little gems of mischief Miss Marple would certainly come up with would make headlines -- and get time on the Jim Lehrer News Hour.