NEWS FROM AROUND THE STATE
Issue 111, September 2005

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  1. Go to Red Tape Blog for the Latest News From Around the State Articles
  2. ACLU Lawsuit Challenges Unconstitutional Breathalyzer Tests for Pedestrians
  3. All Michigan High School Students Will Take ACT starting in 2007
  4. Another Petition Drive in the Works for the 2006 Election?
  5. Assistance For Michigan Smokers Available
  6. Attorney General Cox Proposes Eliminating
    Preliminary Hearings for Most Felony Cases
  7. Audit Finds More than 320 Foster Parents with Criminal Pasts
  8. Canadian Garbage Bill Passes Michigan House
  9. Congressman Joe Schwartz's Fights to Save
    the Battle Creek Air National Guard Unit
  10. DEQ Contamination Label Causes Controversy
  11. Governor and Legislature Reach Budget Compromise
  12. Governor Granholm Begins Weekly Radio Address
  13. Governor Granholm Urges Legislative Action on Water Legacy Act
  14. Governor Signs Legislation to Promote Organ Donation
  15. Granholm Child Protection Package Passes Legislature
  16. Granholm Signs Letter from Democractic Governors Asking for a Gasoline Price Investigation
  17. MDOT Offers Tips for Saving Gas
  18. Michigan Begins Efforts to Limit Taking of Private Land
  19. Michigan Bill Allows Use of Deadly Force
  20. Michigan Celebrates Pollution Prevention Week, September 19-25, 2005
  21. Michigan Chamber of Commerce Proposes a Revision of
    Michiganís Legislative Term Limits
  22. Michigan Chamber of Commerce Weighs in on
    Michigan Water and Other Issues
  23. Michigan eLibrary Portal Revamped
  24. Michigan GOP Tackles Canadian Trash
  25. Michigan Governor Signs New Laws to Protect Children
  26. from Violent and Sexually-Explicit Video Games
  27. Michiganís Groundwater Maps Now Available
  28. Michigan House Approves Ban on Alchohol Inhaler
  29. Michigan House Approves Bill To Offer Limited Wine Shipments
  30. Michigan House Legislation Takes On Keyholing Controversy
  31. Michigan Joins Lawsuit to Stop Federal Mercury Rule
  32. Michigan Joins National Sex Offender Public Registry
  33. Michigan Lawmakers Tackle Telecom Rules
  34. Michigan Legislative Council Releases Report
    on Michigan School Employee Benefits
  35. Michigan Libraries Acquire Lexis Nexis Congressional Serial Set, 1789-1969
  36. Michigan Medicaid Fraud Control Efforts
  37. Michigan Senate Committee Approves Labor Day School Bill
  38. Michigan Senate GOP Offers Plan to Regulate State Groundwater
  39. Michigan Senate Seeks More Clout in City Takeovers
  40. Michigan Specialty License Plates
  41. Michigan State Court News
  42. Michigan Stem Cell Research Bill Faces Strong Opposition
  43. Michigan Surgeon General Urges Businesses To Promote Employee Health
  44. Michigan Web Site Promotes Manufacturing Industry
  45. Michigan Working on Collecting Sales Taxes on
    Internet Purchases from Other States
  46. Military Reservists May Get Help in Michigan Custody Case
  47. Pollution Cleanup Bill Introduced in Michigan Legislature
  48. Price Control Plan Will Pump Up Gas Prices in Michigan
  49. Protecting Soldierís Custody Rights
  50. Reps. Cushingberry & Lemmons Are Charged with Violations
    of State Election & Campaign Finance Laws
  51. Same-Sex Marriage Ban Doesnít Affect Health Coverage in Michigan
  52. Sex Offendersí Past History Will Now Become Admissable in Michigan Courts
  53. Side Effect of Marriage Amendment Goes to Court
  54. State May Slash Home Care Funding
  55. State Releases School Report Cards
  56. StoptheTakeover.net Provides Rebuttal to Hay Group Report
  57. U.S. and Michigan Announce Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts
  58. Will Michigan Legislature Allow Drug Suits?
  59. Will New Michigan Teachers Still Have the Option of Buying Retirement Credits?
  60. Will Public Schools Be Required to Open After Labor Day?
  61. Will Roadside Memorials Be Regulated in Michigan
  62. Will Truck Speed Limits In Michigan Go Up?


(1) Red Tape Blog Now Carries the Most Recent Articles
for News From Around the State

In response to a request at our last Godort of Michigan meeting at the Wayne State University School of Law, the Red Tape editor will be mounting items for "News from Around the Country" on the Red Tape Blog first. Time will tell if he has enough time to go back and mount all of the same items in this regular Red Tape Newsletter. Your advice will be appreciated on whether it's worth the effort to post items in both locations.

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(2) Michigan Legislative Council Releases Report on
Michigan School Employee Benefits

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.

The report says that state taxpayers could save between 146-million and 281-million dollars a year if teacher health care benefits were put into a single system.

Critics say it would lead to reduced benefits and options.

Source: "New Study Outlines Plan to Trim Teachers Health Care Plan", WZZM13 Grand Rapids News Release, July 14, 2005.

Related documents:

Report on the Feasibility and Cost-Effectiveness of a Consolidated State-Wide Health Benefits System for Michigan Public School Employees : Executive Summary. Prepared by the HayGroup for the Michigan Legislative Council, July 13, 2005, 11pp.

Report on the Feasibility and Cost-Effectiveness of a Consolidated State-Wide Health Benefits System for Michigan Public School Employees : Full Report. Prepared by the HayGroup for the Michigan Legislative Council, July 13, 2005, 112pp.

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(3) Congressman Joe Schwartz's Fights to Save
the Battle Creek Air National Guard Unit

An internal memo prepared by a lawyer for the base closure commission - Dan Cowhig, a deputy general counsel -- could bolster Michigan's work to prevent changes to Air National Guard units in the state, U.S. Congressman Joe Schwarz reported on his web page and in the Detroit News on July 15.

For more information, read Congressman Schwartz's blog on the fight to prevent the closure of the Battle Creek Air National Guard Base. According to the blog, Congressman Schwartz has obtained Governor Granholm's commitment to help fight for the base as well.

Other items of interest on Congressman Schwartz's web page include his weekly Legislative Journal and his take On the Issues which address other hot topics such as Amtrak Funding.

Congressman Schwartz's web site also provides links to breaking television and news items of interest to the people of his district.

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