Pledge of Allegiance http://michiganradio.org en In this morning's headlines: Medicaid, Pledge of Allegiance, GRPS uniforms http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-medicaid-pledge-allegiance-grps-uniforms <p><strong>Medicaid is first order of business in Lansing</strong></p><p>"The Michigan Legislature is back in session today to deal with the final details of a bill to extend Medicaid health coverage to thousands of working poor people. Governor Rick Snyder hopes to have the measure ready for his signature by the end of the day," Rick Pluta <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-lawmakers-return-work-lansing-week">reports.</a></p><p><strong>Schools must offer opportunity for students to recite Pledge of Allegiance</strong></p><p>"Some students could have their first experience reciting the Pledge of Allegiance today. A new state law requires schools to offer students "the opportunity" to recite the pledge each day," Tracy Samilton reports.</p><p><strong>Grand Rapids Public Schools phases in school uniforms</strong></p><p>"All 10,000 students in Grand Rapids Public Schools will wear uniforms within three years. It starts this year with students in kindergarten through eighth grade," Rina Miller <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/uniforms-its-what-all-grand-rapids-students-are-or-will-be-wearing">reports.</a></p><p><br> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 11:07:07 +0000 Emily Fox 14235 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: Medicaid, Pledge of Allegiance, GRPS uniforms Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signs law requiring time for Pledge of Allegiance http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-gov-rick-snyder-signs-law-requiring-time-pledge-allegiance <div align="left"><font face="Tahoma"><span style=" font-size:12pt">Governor Rick Snyder has signed legislation that requires every schoolroom to display a U.S. Fri, 05 Oct 2012 20:16:38 +0000 Rick Pluta 9393 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signs law requiring time for Pledge of Allegiance Commentary: A flag too far http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-flag-too-far <p>Last week the Michigan Legislature overwhelmingly <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/pledge-allegiance-requirement-headed-gov-snyders-desk">voted</a> to require every public school to set aside time for the Pledge of Allegiance, and to require every classroom to display the American flag. The lawmakers wanted to strike a blow for patriotism.</p><p>Unfortunately, they didn’t give the schools any money to buy the flags, making this one more unfunded mandate.</p> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 12:38:42 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 9207 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: A flag too far Pledge of Allegiance requirement headed to Gov. Snyder's desk http://michiganradio.org/post/pledge-allegiance-requirement-headed-gov-snyders-desk <p>A bill requiring public schools&nbsp; in Michigan to make time for students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance is on its way to Governor Rick Snyder’s desk.</p><p>The state Senate just approved a final version of the measure.</p><p>Another bill in the package mandates all public school classrooms have an American flag on display.</p><p>State Senator Roger Kahn sponsored the legislation. He said he wished it could have taken higher priority for the Legislature this year.</p><p>"It took longer than I wanted it to take. It ran into summer recesses. I didn’t want it to take a back-burner, but it ended up taking a back-burner," said Kahn.<br><br>But a few Democrats said the bills should have never moved at all. They said the measures are a distraction from more important things. They also said it could be a burden for some schools. The VFW of Michigan said it will encourage local posts to donate flags to schools. Fri, 21 Sep 2012 12:41:48 +0000 Jake Neher 9182 at http://michiganradio.org Pledge of Allegiance requirement headed to Gov. Snyder's desk In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-michigan-news-headlines-76 <p><strong>Kilpatrick trail starts today in Detroit</strong></p><p>"A judge has denied former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s request to move his trial out of Detroit. The request for a change of venue was considered a long shot by most legal experts. Kilpatrick and his three co-defendants’ lawyers argued that media coverage of the trial had become “radioactive.” They said there was no way the defendants could get a fair trial in Detroit. But Judge Nancy Edmunds dismissed those claims, saying there was no evidence of “presumptive prejudice” on the jury’s part. Opening arguments are set for Friday. Kilpatrick, his father Bernard, former city contractor and longtime friend Bobby Ferguson, and former Detroit water department head Victor Mercado face a host of federal corruption charges. The federal government alleges the four men formed a kind of criminal gang—the so-called “Kilpatrick Enterprise.” An indictment accuses them of using that enterprise to “financially enrich themselves” through various schemes, including fraudulent water department contracts and a phony non-profit organization," Sarah Cwiek <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/opening-arguments-kwame-kilpatricks-federal-corruption-case-friday">reports</a>.</p><p><strong>Stabenow endorsed by right-leaning Michigan Farm Bureau</strong></p><p>"Michigan Republicans are doing without a key supporter in 2012. The right-leaning Michigan Farm Bureau is endorsing Democrat Debbie Stabenow for another U-S Senate term. Stabenow is running against former U.S. Congressman Pete Hoekstra. Stabenow is ahead in most voter polls," Mark Bashore reports.</p><p><strong>Pledge of Allegiance bill sent to Snyder's desk</strong></p><p>"Michigan is a step closer to joining the 43 other states that require students at public schools to recite the Pledge of Allegiance each day. The state Senate passed the bill yesterday and sent it to Governor Rick Snyder’s desk. Supporters say it will help to instill a sense of patriotism in students. But a handful of Democrats say it’s a political move and a distraction. Another measure would require all classrooms to have a flag on display," Jake Neher reports.</p><p> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 11:22:49 +0000 Emily Fox 9180 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . Michigan schools mull Pledge of Allegiance, US flag bills http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-schools-mull-pledge-allegiance-us-flag-bills <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The time-honored tradition of students reciting the Pledge of Allegiance soon could be enshrined into Michigan law - along with a requirement that every public school classroom have a U.S. flag.<br><br> The Michigan Legislature has approved the measures with little resistance, and the flag legislation is heading to Gov. Rick Snyder's desk.<br> Sat, 15 Sep 2012 17:39:02 +0000 The Associated Press 9104 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan schools mull Pledge of Allegiance, US flag bills In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-michigan-news-headlines-70 <p><strong>Clearing up voter confusion</strong></p><p>"The ACLU of Michigan is trying to clear up confusion about who can vote in the upcoming November election. ACLU attorney Michael Steinberg says the Secretary of State's office created some of that confusion. Voters in Michigan are given applications that ask them to check a box stating they are U.S. citizens. Steinberg says people do not have to check that box in order to vote, although they do have to be citizens. He says people can also vote if they don't have a driver's license or other state-issued photo identification. The ACLU has a voters' rights card on its website that people can print off and take with them to the polls. The website also helps students figure out how to register and where they should vote," Tracy Samilton reports.</p><p><strong>Donation of prescription drugs</strong></p><blockquote><p>"The Michigan Senate plans a hearing on House-backed legislation that would allow collection and redistribution of prescription medication. The Senate Health Policy Committee has scheduled a hearing for Thursday to discuss the measures that would allow medical facilities to donate unused drugs for distribution to needy patients. The bills also would require that drugs donated to pharmacies participating in the redistribution program have never left medical facilities or oversight to ensure safety. The legislation also would require participating pharmacies to become disposal sites for excess drugs. Most other states have enacted similar laws," the AP reports.</p></blockquote><p><strong>Legislation moves forward to require American flags and the pledge in all public school classrooms</strong></p><p>The Michigan House has passes legislation to require all public school classrooms to have an American flag displayed and allow students an opportunity to recite the pledge of allegiance. The House Fiscal Agency says 43 other states already require recitation of the pledge.<br> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 10:59:58 +0000 Emily Fox 9063 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . Pledge of Allegiance bill passes in Michigan House http://michiganradio.org/post/pledge-allegiance-bill-passes-michigan-house <p>The Michigan House has passed legislation requiring every state public school classroom to have a U.S. flag and provide an opportunity for students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.</p><p>The House approved two measures Wednesday. The flag legislation already passed the Senate and goes to Gov. Rick Snyder for signature.</p><p>The Senate will consider the pledge legislation.</p><p>Many students already recite the pledge but there's no required opportunity to do so. The bill specifies no student would be compelled to say it.</p> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 20:00:06 +0000 The Associated Press 9052 at http://michiganradio.org Pledge of Allegiance bill passes in Michigan House Bill requires students to recite Pledge of Allegiance http://michiganradio.org/post/bill-requires-students-recite-pledge-allegiance <p>Michigan school children would be required to recite the Pledge of Allegiance under a bill passed by the state Senate today.</p><p>Students can opt out if they, their parent or legal guardians object.</p><p>State Senator Hoon-Yung Hopgood voted against the bill. He believes patriotism doesn&rsquo;t come from a mandate.</p><p>&quot;One of the things I said is that I love my country, not because I say the pledge, but I say the pledge because I love my country,&quot; Hopgood says.</p><p>Hopgood&nbsp; unsuccessfully introduced an amendment to protect students who decline to recite the pledge from retaliation by school employees.</p><p>The bill&nbsp; also requires a flag to be displayed in each K-12 classroom in Michigan&rsquo;s public schools. It does not provide funding to buy the flags.</p><p>The measure is supported by the state department of education; it now moves on to the House. Thu, 10 Nov 2011 21:16:50 +0000 Rina Miller 4938 at http://michiganradio.org Bill requires students to recite Pledge of Allegiance