Kevin Cotter http://michiganradio.org en Plan to expand mental health courts clears state House committee http://michiganradio.org/post/plan-expand-mental-health-courts-clears-state-house-committee <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">A plan to expand mental health courts in Michigan seems to be gaining momentum in the state Legislature. A state House panel unanimously approved the bill Thursday.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">People diagnosed with conditions like severe depression and schizophrenia can avoid jail time and have certain charges erased from public records if they participate in mental health treatment programs under the supervision of a judge.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">At the same time, they can get help finding jobs, education opportunities, and housing.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">State Rep. Kevin Cotter (R-Mount Pleasant) chairs the state House Judiciary Committee. He says alternative courts get results and could save the state money in the long-term.</span></p><p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 18:15:03 +0000 Jake Neher 14410 at http://michiganradio.org Plan to expand mental health courts clears state House committee Online lottery put on hold in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/online-lottery-put-hold-michigan <p>Michigan residents will have to wait to gamble in the lottery online. iLottery, proposed by the <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/lottery">Michigan Lottery</a>, would have allowed people to buy tickets and play games like Club Keno and scratch-offs right from their computer.</p><p>However, that plan is no more. Gov. Rick Snyder approved the state budget that did not include the new gambling tool. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 18:55:26 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13265 at http://michiganradio.org Online lottery put on hold in Michigan Rep. Cotter says UofM is "thumbing its nose at the legislature" http://michiganradio.org/post/rep-cotter-says-uofm-thumbing-its-nose-legislature <p>In a meeting with members of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education some tough words were levied at University of Michigan president Mary Sue Coleman.</p><p>Coleman was at the meeting to testify on Gov. Snyder&#39;s funding proposal for higher education.</p><p>During the hearing, State Rep. Kevin Cotter (R-Mt. Pleasant) said the University of Michigan did not adequately give the legislature answers to questions about human embryonic stem cells.</p><p>More from Dave Murray of <a href="http://www.mlive.com/education/index.ssf/2012/03/university_of_michigan_preside.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&amp;utm_medium=twitter&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+kzgazette_news+%28Kalamazoo+Gazette+News+-+MLive.com%29">MLive.com</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Cotter said the school was supposed to provide answers to five questions about the use of human embryonic stem cells &ndash; numbers he said could be provided on one sheet &ndash; and the university instead sent a cover letter with 50 pages of copied newspaper articles.</p><p>&ldquo;The university is thumbing its nose at the Legislature,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>Genetski, R-Saugatuck, said the university&rsquo;s funding &ldquo;might be in jeopardy&rdquo; if it is not more cooperative.</p><p>Coleman said she doesn&rsquo;t think there is a problem with the way the university responded, and she and the lawmakers &ldquo;would have to disagree&rdquo; on the issue. Wed, 14 Mar 2012 19:45:33 +0000 Mark Brush 6639 at http://michiganradio.org Rep. Cotter says UofM is "thumbing its nose at the legislature" Drunken Sailors http://michiganradio.org/post/drunken-sailors <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-963525.mp3</p><p>I&rsquo;ve been following the Michigan legislature&rsquo;s attempts to approve various sections of the state budget, and the cliché that first came to my mind this morning was the wrong one. I was tempted to tell you that they have been behaving like drunken sailors.</p> Fri, 15 Apr 2011 16:09:20 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 2089 at http://michiganradio.org Drunken Sailors