Pete Lund http://michiganradio.org en State House panel set to move forward no-fault overhaul http://michiganradio.org/post/state-house-panel-set-move-forward-no-fault-overhaul-0 <p>A proposed overhaul of Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance system has cleared its first legislative hurdle. A state House panel passed the bill on a party-line vote, with Democrats all voting "no."</p><p>Right now, people who are severely injured in an auto accident can get unlimited lifetime medical benefits.</p><p>The legislation would cap those benefits at a million dollars.</p><p>Many people who testified against the bill said people who are already injured would lose benefits they were promised.</p> Fri, 03 May 2013 14:19:45 +0000 Jake Neher 12394 at http://michiganradio.org State House panel set to move forward no-fault overhaul Commentary: What price reform? http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-what-price-reform <p>Last week, Governor Snyder announced plans to drastically limit benefits for those terribly injured in catastrophic auto accidents. And, as expected, legislation to do that was introduced yesterday.</p><p>Acting on behalf of the governor, State Representative Pete Lund of Shelby Township introduced two bills that would radically change how much care the badly maimed can get.</p><p>Currently, those benefits are administered and paid by an agency called the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association, usually called MCCA. That would be scrapped in favor of a new Michigan Catastrophic Care Corporation, which would cap medical coverage at $1 million.&nbsp;Once a severely injured person’s care hit that limit, they would be out of luck.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 12:51:46 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 12265 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: What price reform? Michigan Republicans: 'All or nothing' is wrong for electoral system http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-republicans-all-or-nothing-wrong-electoral-system <p>Michigan Republicans said this weekend they want to change the course of future presidential races by changing how the state allocates its electoral votes.</p><p>Delegates to the state Republican convention voted overwhelmingly to support the proposal.</p><p>Michigan Republicans want to join Nebraska and Maine to become the third state to portion out electoral votes by congressional district. Mon, 25 Feb 2013 15:35:35 +0000 Jake Neher 11400 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Republicans: 'All or nothing' is wrong for electoral system Michigan lawmakers stay busy despite "lame duck" session http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-lawmakers-stay-busy-despite-lame-duck-session <p>Lawmakers in Lansing say they want to tackle some high-profile bills before this session wraps up at the end of the year.</p><p>The state House is set to hold its first hearing tomorrow on a proposed overhaul of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.</p><p>The measure would turn the state’s largest health insurer into a customer-owned non-profit and end its tax-exempt status.</p><p>House Insurance Committee Chair Pete Lund expects the chamber to pass some version of the bill before the end of the year.</p> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 22:13:29 +0000 Jake Neher 9881 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan lawmakers stay busy despite "lame duck" session Proposed changes to Michigan election laws draw ire from protestors http://michiganradio.org/post/proposed-changes-michigan-election-laws-draw-ire-protestors <p>A House committee meeting in Lansing was interrupted today by a group of about 50 protestors angry over proposed election law changes.</p><p>The House Redistricting and Elections Committee planned to vote on a series of changes including one that would require either a photo ID or birth certificate to be presented when registering to vote.&nbsp; Opponents argue that the new rule would create unfair hurdles for some potential voters.</p><p>Protestors yelled slogans including &quot;respect our vote&quot; and some people were escorted outside.</p><p>According to <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120522/POLITICS02/205220396/Loud-protests-interrupt-House-meeting-voter-bills?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s">the Detroit News</a>, the protest was led by Pastor W.J. Rideout and Rev. Charles Williams Sr., the latter of whom told committee members &quot;you&#39;re killing democracy&quot; before leaving the meeting.</p><p>Another man, the News says, told committee chairman Rep. Pete Lund that, &quot;The blood of Martin Luther King Junior is on your hands.&quot;</p><div style="border-bottom: medium none; text-align: left; border-left: medium none; background-color: rgb(255,255,255); color: rgb(0,0,0); overflow: hidden; border-top: medium none; border-right: medium none; text-decoration: none">Despite the disruption, the committee voted to have the bill move to the House floor.</div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; text-align: left; border-left: medium none; background-color: rgb(255,255,255); color: rgb(0,0,0); overflow: hidden; border-top: medium none; border-right: medium none; text-decoration: none">&nbsp;</div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; text-align: left; border-left: medium none; background-color: rgb(255,255,255); color: rgb(0,0,0); overflow: hidden; border-top: medium none; border-right: medium none; text-decoration: none"><p><em>-John Klein Wilson,Michigan Radio Newsroom</em></p></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; text-align: left; border-left: medium none; background-color: rgb(255,255,255); color: rgb(0,0,0); overflow: hidden; border-top: medium none; border-right: medium none; text-decoration: none"> Tue, 22 May 2012 19:53:25 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7568 at http://michiganradio.org Proposed changes to Michigan election laws draw ire from protestors Redistricting fight begins this week http://michiganradio.org/post/redistricting-fight-begins-week <p>The partisan battle over the state&rsquo;s new maps of congressional and legislative districts kicks off Tuesday at the state Capitol.</p><p>Republicans are likely to get their plans adopted. They control the House, the Senate and the governor&rsquo;s office. A legal challenge would probably be decided by the GOP controlled state Supreme Court.<br /><br />Democrats charge Republicans manipulated the lines to put two Democratic incumbents together in one district &ndash; and to shore up the GOP base for some vulnerable Republicans.</p> Mon, 20 Jun 2011 20:29:13 +0000 Rick Pluta 2968 at http://michiganradio.org Redistricting fight begins this week