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September 11, 2005 - 6:09:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Courts

A plan to eliminate preliminary hearings in most felony cases is being hailed by police executives around the state, but is raising concern among some judges and civil libertarians.

Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox believes the proposal would reduce idle time in court and save money for cash-strapped police departments.



September 11, 2005 - 5:09:20 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: State News

It is a staple of criminal law that a defendant's past behavior is generally off limits during trial.

The reasoning is that jurors should not convict someone for being a "bad guy" but instead base their decision on evidence in the case before them.

But an exception would be made in cases involving alleged sexual crimes against children under legislation that has unanimously passed the Legislature and that Gov. Jennifer Granholm has said she will sign.



September 11, 2005 - 5:09:20 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: State News

It is a staple of criminal law that a defendant's past behavior is generally off limits during trial.

The reasoning is that jurors should not convict someone for being a "bad guy" but instead base their decision on evidence in the case before them.

But an exception would be made in cases involving alleged sexual crimes against children under legislation that has unanimously passed the Legislature and that Gov. Jennifer Granholm has said she will sign.



September 11, 2005 - 5:09:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Environment

Republicans who control the state House are joining the effort to ban Canadian trash from Michigan landfills.

The House GOP is set to introduce legislation in the coming days that would prohibit Canadian trash when the state gets the authority to regulate foreign trash from the federal government.

House Republicans have resisted an outright ban on Canadian trash in the past, arguing that action must come from the federal government. The Supreme Court ruled the U.S. Constitution's Interstate Commerce clause allows only Congress, not the states, to regulate the trash trade.



September 11, 2005 - 4:09:37 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: State News

According to an article in the Lansing State Journal, Governor Jennifer Granholm and Republican leaders reached an agreement on the 2005-2006 budget on September 9th -- barely three weeks before the start of the new spending year.

Highlights from the $9 billion general fund budget and $12.8 billion school aid fund budget include:

  1. Public education: Schools will get $175-per-pupil more. They will not get an extra $50 for high school students that Granholm had recommended.


September 11, 2005 - 4:09:37 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: State News

According to an article in the Lansing State Journal, Governor Jennifer Granholm and Republican leaders reached an agreement on the 2005-2006 budget on September 9th -- barely three weeks before the start of the new spending year.

Highlights from the $9 billion general fund budget and $12.8 billion school aid fund budget include:

  1. Public education: Schools will get $175-per-pupil more. They will not get an extra $50 for high school students that Granholm had recommended.


September 11, 2005 - 3:09:01 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: State News

Legislation that would allow Michigan residents hurt by prescription medication to sue drug makers for damages -- something severely limited now -- took a small baby step forward on September 8th.

The Michigan House voted 89-17 to skip a committee hearing on legislation that would repeal the state's 1996 law that shields drug makers from liability if their product was approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

The bills, sponsored by Democrats, now can be considered by the full House. But it's unclear when, or if, the chamber's Republicans majority will take them up.



September 11, 2005 - 3:09:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Public Safety

Michigan residents could fatally shoot someone who breaks into their home or vehicle without facing criminal or civil prosecution under legislation introduced on September 6, 2005.

The two-bill package would assume that a person who forcibly enters or intrudes in a home or occupied vehicle intends to kill or hurt the owner or occupant. The bills also would eliminate the requirement that people who are being attacked have to retreat before responding, as long as they're in a place they legally have a right to be.



September 09, 2005 - 10:09:00 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Environment

Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today urged action to preserve the Great Lakes, calling them one of the most important natural resources in North America.

 



September 07, 2005 - 10:09:21 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: State News

State and local governments would be barred from seizing private property for anything other than clearly defined public use under legislation and a proposed constitutional amendment waiting for action, state Senate leaders announced September 6th.

Calling property rights "one of the fundamental rights of a free society," Senate Majority Leader Ken Sikkema said the proposals were needed following a U.S. Supreme Court decision earlier this year in which the court OK'd the taking of private property in Connecticut and turning it over to a developer to bolster the local tax base.



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