The Lansing State Journal recently ran an article highlighting different opinions on whether the state of Michigan should be trying to influence family values.
At a time when lawmakers say they have barely enough money to keep schools and prisons open, some say the government's tentacles are creeping deeper into personal lives.
Senator Alan Cropsey (R-DeWitt) is currently drafting legislation to rein in an "out-of-control" Board of State Canvassers that has repeatedly violated the law and disenfranchised voters by overstepping its authority and making politically charged decisions.
The draft legislation would tranfer the duties of the canvassers to the Bureau of Elections under the Michigan Secretary of State.
Leaders of a grass-roots effort to eliminate the state Senate plan to launch their campaign this fall.
Since forming in April, Unicameral Michigan has worked with lawyers to craft language for a constitutional amendment to create a one-chamber Legislature. The group wants to put the measure on the 2006 ballot.
The group also has traveled the state to pitch the idea to civil and community groups, said Bob Dwyer, a retired broker and political consultant from Hastings and leader in the movement.
The response, he said, has been encouraging.
Citing the spiraling costs of prescription drugs and the impact on Michigan consumers and jobs, Michigan House Democrats today announced a proposal that will save Michigan residents up to 50 percent on their prescription drug costs.
Backers of a total ban on direct shipments of wine -- the beer and wine wholesalers of Michigan -- pointed to a sting operation in which a 20-year old MSU student working as an intern for the Coalition for a Safe and Responsible Michigan purchased wine and alcohol over the internet. It's a problem, but it shouldn't be used to ban all Internet wine shipments.
Strolling along a Great Lakes beach is no crime, Michigan's Supreme Court ruled Friday in upholding the time-honored tradition of beach-walking. The court, with five of seven justices fully agreeing, found that "walking the beach ....is inherent in the exercise of traditionally protected public rights." Beach walkers are still expected to say near the water on wet sand.
For more information, consult Hugh McDiarmid, Jr."s article, "State's Top Court Rules Beach-Walking is OK ", Detroit Free Press, July 30, 2005.
State Rep. Dave Hildenbrand recently announced that Michigan’s prescription drug system will be overhauled to improve patient safety, lower dispensing errors and decrease patient wait time under legislation signed into law this week.
“This new law will assist our seniors and others who need regular medication as well as our local pharmacists,” said Pearce, R-Rockford. “It is important to ensure the work we do in Lansing has a positive impact on the lives of people. The new law helps make that happen.”
Attorney General Mike Cox has provided a June 2005 update on Identity Theft Information for Michigan Consumers. This alert/update explains some simple and effective steps consumers can take to:
- Reduce their risk of becoming a victim, including obtaining free credit reports; and
- Respond quickly and effectively if their personal information has been fraudulently misused.
While attending a public meeting in Port Huron with local government officials, representatives of the news media, and citizens, state Attorney General Mike Cox said that "the state's Open Meetings and Freedom of Information acts are fundamental to democracy" and that "governments should be as open as possible".
"The Open Meetings and Freedom of Information acts allow citizens to understand what government is doing, and that even before he took office as attorney general in2003, he had a 'deep appreciation' of the law."