SB 522, the Wolverine Pipeline Bill, passed both the House (60-46) and Senate (31-6) and was signed into law by the governor on July 21st.
Citing safety concerns, Lansing city officials tried for nearly three years to prevent Wolverine from building the line along four miles of I-96 on state-owned land in South Lansing. Both the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Michigan Supreme Court have upheld Lansing's denial of permission to construct the pipeline.
Unless you have been sleeping under a rock all summer, you may have seen various news articles about Valerie Plame and the continuing controversy over the use of unnamed sources by the press.
For a quick overview, take a look at the Valerie Plame entry in the online Wikepedia.
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Backers of a proposed state ban on the use of race and gender in public hiring and university admissions are headed back to court, after a state elections panel Tuesday failed to approve their petitions which sought to place the issue before voters in Nov. 2006.
Only one member of the four-person Board of State Canvassers voted to certify the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative proposal, despite the submission of more than 500,000 signatures collected earlier this year.
Fingerprint cards and ink pads have given way to electronic fingerprinting when it comes to doing state-mandated applicant background checks in Michigan. Under a new agreement, an applicant’s fingerprints and necessary personal information will be captured digitally in less than five minutes.
Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land today (July 12) announced a new initiative designed to help clean up Michigan’s voter lists.
The program will assist local officials in complying with the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) and improving the state’s Qualified Voter File (QVF) by facilitating the process for removing the names of truly inactive voters.
A high-level task force named by President George W. Bush to bring order out of the mish-mash of Great Lakes programs has exceeded expectations. Its preliminary report, issued earlier this month, is a well-organized, detailed look at the needs of the Great Lakes. It makes specific recommendations, with remarkably little equivocation, and then puts price tags on them.
A NASA-funded astronomer has discovered a world where the sun sets over the horizon, followed by a second sun and then a third. The new planet is the first known to reside in a classical triple-star system.
For the full story, see NASA scientist discovers world with triple sunsets, courtesy of Planet Quest: The Search for Another Earth, July 13, 2005. Images and Animations are also provided.
A report on Michigan school employee benefits that is being criticized by Democrats and the state's largest teachers union has been formally released.
Critics say the study was designed to promote a Republican-backed plan that would lump school employees into a statewide insurance pool.
Supporters of that plan say it could help school districts save money, outlining ways to trim health care costs while trying to maintain benefits.
Myth: You have to isolate government documents from the rest of the library collection. You must organize your depository collection using the Superintendent of Documents Classification sytem.
Reality: There is no requirement to isolate government documents from the rest of the library collection. Each depository library is free to decide how best to manage their government documents collection.
Myth: Government document collections must be housed in the basement.
Worried about obtaining paper copies of key government publications?
Tim Byrne, Government Documents Librarian at the University of Colorado at Boulder, recently reported on his initial foray into acquiring free tangible government publications outside the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) to the Colorado/Wyoming Government Publications Interest Group (GOPIG).