Politics & Government
6:52 am
Thu February 21, 2013

In this morning's news: blood alcohol, mental health and Detroit's finances

State House panel moves to keep legal blood alcohol limit at .08

"Legislation to keep Michigan’s drunken driving limit at .08 is on its way to the floor of the state House. The law that sets the blood alcohol limit at .08 is set to expire in October. If that happens, the legal limit will rise to .10 percent," Jake Neher reports.

Governor Snyder issues executive orders for mental health

"Governor Rick Snyder is taking steps aimed at improving mental health services in Michigan. The first creates a Mental Health and Wellness Commission. The commission will advise the Michigan Department of Community Health on ways to strengthen mental health services. Snyder has also issued an order to create a Mental Health Diversion Council within the department. The council will create a method to help people with mental illness or substance abuse problems get treatment and stay out of the criminal justice system," the Associated Press reports.

Governor Snyder to discuss Detroit's finances today

"Governor Rick Snyder is planning to discuss Detroit's financial situation on Thursday. Snyder's office says he isn't planning to announce if he'll appoint an emergency manager, but instead to provide an update on where things stand," the Associated Press reports.