kurt heise http://michiganradio.org en 'Human trafficking' bills moving through Michigan legislature http://michiganradio.org/post/human-trafficking-bills-moving-through-michigan-legislature <p>There are dozens of bills before the Michigan Legislature dealing with human trafficking.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Another 23 bills were unveiled today as part of a package dealing with forced labor and prostitution.</p><p>Kurt Heise is the chairman of the House Criminal Justice Committee. He says the bills introduced this week not only go after the pimps and johns but also acknowledges the needs of the victims.</p><p>“We look at the young people and the vulnerable adults who are trafficked as victims and that they get the love and support that we can provide,” says Heise.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 20:19:41 +0000 Steve Carmody 16157 at http://michiganradio.org 'Human trafficking' bills moving through Michigan legislature Michigan House votes to raise cost to request recount http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-house-votes-raise-cost-request-recount <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan House has voted to make candidates pay more to request a recount of ballots cast in an election.<br><br>Legislation approved 95-9 Thursday would increase to $25 the per-precinct deposit required to initiate a recount of votes in state or local elections. It now costs $10 per precinct.<br><br>Candidates would have to pay $125 per precinct if the election winner and loser are separated by more than 50 votes or a half-percentage point of votes cast, whichever is greater.<br> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 23:01:29 +0000 The Associated Press 14515 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan House votes to raise cost to request recount Suburbs seek more control over Detroit Water and Sewerage Dept. http://michiganradio.org/post/suburbs-seek-more-control-over-detroit-water-and-sewerage-dept <p>The <a href="http://www.dwsd.org/">Detroit Water and Sewerage Department</a> serves more than just the City of Detroit.</p><p>It's water and sewer lines stretch beyond the city's boundaries and into the surrounding suburbs and communities.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110118/NEWS01/110118047/1001/news">Detroit Free Press</a> reports that <a href="http://www.gophouse.com/welcome.asp?District=020">Rep. Kurt Heise</a> will introduce a bill that will give the suburbs more say in how the department is managed. From the article:</p><blockquote><p>Under the proposal, the city would retain ownership of the 1,075-square-mile system, but the 126 communities and 4 million people who use its water and sewage services would be represented by a regional authority that manages contracts, water rates and future projects.</p></blockquote><p>Members of Detroit City Council are reportedly in Lansing today lobbying against the bill. Council President, Charles Pugh, is quoted as saying:</p><blockquote><p>"We are willing to have a regional discussion, but when the discussion is over, Detroit will still own and control the system. We built out the system, and we have a right to maintain control of it. Anything less than that is illegal."</p></blockquote><p>You can see how far Detroit's sewer and water lines stretch into outlying communities on the <a href="http://www.dwsd.org/cust/maps.html">Detroit Water and Sewerage Department's page</a>. Tue, 18 Jan 2011 20:41:15 +0000 Mark Brush 922 at http://michiganradio.org Suburbs seek more control over Detroit Water and Sewerage Dept.