bill http://michiganradio.org en Bottle Michigan's bounty, lawmaker urges http://michiganradio.org/post/bottle-michigans-bounty-lawmaker-urges <p>Get those fruits and grains straight out of the Michigan farm field, and right into a bottle of Michigan beer, wine, mead or cider.&nbsp;</p><p>That's the idea behind a bill introduced in Michigan's House by state Rep.&nbsp;Doug Geiss, D-Taylor. He joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p><em> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 19:29:32 +0000 Stateside Staff 16874 at http://michiganradio.org Bottle Michigan's bounty, lawmaker urges Snyder might sign voter ID bill http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-might-sign-voter-id-bill <p>Governor Rick Snyder&rsquo;s recent veto of Republican-sponsored election changes may not be the final word on the matter.</p><p>The governor last week vetoed legislation that would have required people to show a state-issued ID and affirm their U.S. citizenship before they could receive an absentee ballot.</p><p>Geralyn Lasher is the governor&rsquo;s communications director. She says the governor is not totally opposed to voter ID requirements.</p> Thu, 12 Jul 2012 21:29:13 +0000 Rick Pluta 8254 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder might sign voter ID bill Michigan bills would extend biological dads' rights http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-bills-would-extend-biological-dads-rights <p><a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/%28S%285cgx53rhgohhxg45jtfd15ft%29%29/mileg.aspx?page=Home">The Michigan Legislature</a> has approved bills that would give biological fathers some rights to their children, even if the mothers were married to other men at the time of birth.<br /><br />Michigan law now presumes that a woman&#39;s husband is the father of her children, making him responsible for their support and denying parental rights to the biological father.<br /> Sun, 10 Jun 2012 22:15:00 +0000 The Associated Press 7827 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan bills would extend biological dads' rights Ohio bill poses threat to Lake Erie http://michiganradio.org/post/ohio-bill-poses-threat-lake-erie <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-978176.mp3</p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">We&rsquo;ve had more than enough to worry about in Michigan this year -- and more than enough game-changing legislation to follow.</font></font></font></font></p> Tue, 19 Jul 2011 14:58:01 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 3370 at http://michiganradio.org Ohio bill poses threat to Lake Erie Bill could speed up adoptions in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/bill-could-speed-adoptions-michigan <p>A bill pending in the state legislature&nbsp;could speed up adoptions in Michigan.&nbsp;</p><p>State law requires all adoptions be approved by only one person &ndash; the superintendent of the Michigan Children&rsquo;s Institute.</p><p>That leads to delays of up to two months in getting an adoption finalized.</p><p>Maura Corrigan is Director of the Michigan Department of Human Services.</p><p>She says the superintendent should be able to choose people to act in his stead.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;We&rsquo;ll be able to have the adoptions approved locally by one of his designees, instead of every local case going to Lansing and be looked at there,&quot; says Corrigan.</p></blockquote><p><span face="">There are more than 4,000 children eligible for adoption in Michigan.</span> Mon, 28 Mar 2011 14:15:55 +0000 Tracy Samilton 1810 at http://michiganradio.org Teachers could see freeze on pay & benefits during negotiations http://michiganradio.org/post/teachers-could-see-freeze-pay-benefits-during-negotiations <p>A <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/%28S%28pjj1qa55dfw43o55ndwlnkqe%29%29/mileg.aspx?page=GetObject&amp;objectname=2011-HB-4152">bill passed by the Michigan House</a> would freeze educators&rsquo; salaries during contract negotiations.&nbsp; It would require employees (and not their employer) to pay for increases in insurance fees during negotiations. The bill would also ban retroactive bargaining. So if an agreement was reached six months down the road, employees would not be reimbursed for the higher rates they paid.</p><p>Doug Pratt is with the <a href="http://www.mea.org/">Michigan Education Association</a>. &nbsp;He says the M-E-A wants the Senate to reject the bill.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;d like to see a real conversation in this state about what&rsquo;s driving our financial crises. It&rsquo;s not the compensation we provide to dedicated educators. It&rsquo;s a broken tax structure; it&rsquo;s a failure on the part of our state leaders to make tough choices to invest in the kind of state we all want to live in.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Supporters of the bill say school districts cannot afford to pay the rising benefit costs, nor pay for the raises teachers get with time and experience.</p> Sun, 13 Mar 2011 20:29:35 +0000 Kyle Norris 1629 at http://michiganradio.org Teachers could see freeze on pay & benefits during negotiations No Sunday morning liquor sales... yet http://michiganradio.org/post/no-sunday-morning-liquor-sales-yet <p>Today is the day that a <a href="http://www.michiganradionews.org/post/will-we-finally-be-able-have-bloody-mary-sunday-brunch">bill </a>that allows alcohol sales on Sunday mornings and Christmas Day goes into effect. But, liquor control officials are still working on how to implement the new law.&nbsp;</p><p>The Associated Press <a href="http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9JQN52G1.htm">reports</a>:</p><blockquote><p>A spokeswoman for the Michigan Liquor Control Commission said Tuesday the agency will be posting applications for the $160 license needed to sell alcohol on Sunday mornings and notifying local governments about the new law this week. Local governments will have until <span>Dec</span>. 15 to notify state officials if they opt to ban Sunday morning sales.</p></blockquote><p>Lawmakers <a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/michigan/news.newsmain/article/0/1/1724355/Michigan.News/Liquor.bill.passed.in.Legislature">last month approved</a> the bill&nbsp; that allows alcohol to go on sale starting at 7am on Sunday mornings and on Christmas Day. Wed, 01 Dec 2010 16:36:45 +0000 Zoe Clark 413 at http://michiganradio.org No Sunday morning liquor sales... yet