NEWS FROM AROUND THE STATE
SEPTEMBER 1999

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  1. Attorney General Attacks Sweepstakes Mailings
  2. Attorney General Launches Nursing Home and Medicare Fraud Complaint Site
  3. Michigan Library Conference Program Announcement
  4. Michigan Historic Sites Online
  5. 1st Michigan Environmental Quality Report Released
  6. Michigan Absentee Ballot News
  7. Greater Lansing United Nations Association


(1) Michigan Attorney General Attacks Sweepstakes Competitions

Deceptive advertising by sweepstakes promoters violate Michigan's Consumer Protection Law, according to Attorney General Jennifer Granholm. To make a complaint, call the consumer protection division at (517) 373-1140. Source: Lansing State Journal, August 10, 1999.

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(2) Attorney General Launches Nursing Home Complaint Site

With 450 nursing homes and 50,000 beds for vulnerable adults in the state, and faced with a mounting number of complaints, Attorney General Jennifer Granholm is launching a new web site to report abuse and Medicaid fraud. The site includes information on patients' rights and ways to recognize abuse. The new electronic complaint form collects all the informtion investigators need and sends it to the state's Health Care Fraud Division. Complaints can be filed electronically at http://www.ag.state.mi.us/AGWebSite/healthcare_and_insurance/hcf_complaints.htm. Complaints can also be registered by phone by calling 1-800-24-ABUSE. Source: Lansing State Journal, August 9, 1999, p.3B.

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(3) Michigan Library Association Conference Announcement

Concerned about library patrons wanting to file their tax returns electronically from your library?

Intuit will be sending their Government Programs Manager from California to address this issue and talk with us about possible solutions and to discuss the 1999 tax season efiling program.

So reserve the following time slot at the MLA Annual Conference workshop : Thursday, November 4th, from 3:45 - 5:00 p.m.

Source: Debbie Gallagher, Government Information Specialist, MEL/AADL, 2713 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor MI 48105-2427; Email: gallagherd@aadl.org; Phone: (734) 996-3180; Fax: (734) 994-1856, MICHLIB-L, September 9, 1999.

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(4) Michigan Historic Sites Online

The Michigan Historical Center has just launched a new web site listing all the recognized historic sites statewide at http://www.sos.state.mi.us/history/preserve/michsite/index.html.

Explore lumber barons’ houses, bridges, factories, mines, and historic Main Streets. The federal government and the state of Michigan recognized these places as sites important in our past and worthy of being preserved. Come and explore our historic Great Lakes State.

Options include taking a Photo Tour of representative sites on the national or state register in Michigan, or using the Search Wizard to search the database (current through 1998). In all, over 3,000 sites are included from the State Register and the National Register in Michigan, including those with Michigan Historical Markers.

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(5) 1999 Michigan Environment Quality Report Released

Michigan has made several improvements in air, land and water quality, but still faces challenges to restore the environment, according to the first State Environmental Quality Report just released. The report can be reviewed in its entirety at http://www.deq.state.mi.us/fbsd/report99.pdf.

The report says there have been improvements in air quality, toxic chemical releases, scrap tire and landfill cleanup, drinking water protection, redevelopment of former industrial sites, and the cleanup of leaking underground storage tanks. But problems still exist in the spread of zebra mussels and other exotic species in state waters and the cleanup of leaking underground storage tanks.
The Department of Environmental Quality hopes to expand and update the report every year. It is also meant to be readable enough for citizens unfamiliar with the technical aspects of environmental issues.

Source: Lansing State Journal, October 1, 1999, p.3B.

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(6) Michigan Absentee Ballot News

The procedure for filing the Application for Absentee Ballot has changed in Michigan and may affect your Public Service Desks. In the past, the Clerk's Offices sent out blank application forms to libraries to hand out to patrons on request.

Now, in an effort to streamline voting tabulations and reduce errors the State and Clerks Offices have come up with a new procedure:

In the past, many citizens sent in their ballots with incorrect information which negates their vote or mistakenly thought they were registered when they were not, which negates their vote. The barcoding will allow the vote tally to proceed much quicker at both the municipal and state level.

If your library serves multiple election districts, you may want to keep a list of the Clerks Offices area handy at the Reference Desk to guide citizens to the correct office. The absolute last day to obtain a Absentee Ballot Application is 2 p.m. the Saturday before the election, Oct. 30th. We are asked to encourage citizens to call earlier since they may not receive the ballot via mail in time if they wait till the 30th.

Source: Debbie Gallagher, Government Information Specialist, MEL/AADL, 2713 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor MI 48105-2427; Phone: (734) 996-3180; Fax: (734) 994-1856; Email: gallagherd@aadl.org.

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(7) Greater Lansing United Nations Association Education Center and Marketplace

The Greater Lansing United Nations Association, currently located at 2010 E. Michigan Avenue, is celebrating its twentieth anniversary this October.

Founded to increase awareness about the United Nations and its many activities, the association is rather unique, the last of it's kind east of the Mississippi River. And in case Red Tape's readers have forgotten, the United Nations was founded to help developing countries achieve self-sufficiency as well as promote and protect democracy and human rights, save children from starvation and disease, provide international relief assistance, counter global crime, and help countries ravaged by war. Although there are about 175 United Nations chapters around the country, there are only twelve centers, mostly in California and Arizona. Many have closed in recent years due to budget restraints, but the Greater Lansing center and marketplace continues to survive, hosting hundreds of visitors each year.

Students and visitors from other countries often stop by to purchase flags, UNICEF cards, or check out books from the center's library which focuses on books concerning global issues and the United Nations. The center is open 10 a.m. til 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and is staffed by volunteers.

So stop by the next time you are in Lansing.

Source: Lansing State Journal, October 18, 1999, p. 1B and 3B.

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