Southwest Michigan Today: Monday June 4, 2018

Jun 4, 2018

A state Senate committee prepares to vote on bills in response to former MSU sports doctor Larry Nasser. Car manufacturers worry about steel tariffs. The Growlers take three out of four games in a series with Battle Creek. 

State lawmakers expect to hold a key vote this week on the remaining bills in response to Larry Nassar. Nassar is the former Michigan State University sports doctor in prison for sexually assaulting his patients. One bill would add physical therapists and their assistants to the list of professions required to report suspected child abuse. The legislation originally included more professions, but those were taken out in a House committee. Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Rick Jones says he will hear two hours of testimony on Tuesday and then the committee will vote on the bills on Wednesday. 

Governor Rick Snyder says he expects a gas and oil pipeline that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac will be shut down. But he says it won’t be soon. The governor says he is waiting on a report on the risks posed by Enbridge Energy’s Line 5, and on another one that is supposed to outline alternatives. The governor says money is being set aside in the next state budget for new safety measures to better protect the straits. He says the exact amount of money is still the subject of bargaining with the Legislature.

The Muskegon Fire Department may soon be a thing of the past. City officials are considering a proposal that would hand over firefighting responsibilities to the Muskegon Heights Fire Department. However, the Muskegon Professional Firefighter’s Union is fighting the idea. Under the proposal, The City of Muskegon would maintain the buildings and equipment the Muskegon Fire Department uses, but would terminate local 370 and its firefighters, and outsource the duties of the fire department to Muskegon Heights. However, the Muskegon Professional Firefighters Union is not on board with idea. President Chris Drake says the Heights Fire Department is unqualified to handle the volume of calls the Muskegon Fire Department gets. Especially when it comes to Lakeshore emergencies. Muskegon Heights will present the proposal to its City Commission on Monday evening. (WGVU

Car manufacturers and suppliers say new tariffs announced by President Trump will increase the cost of new cars. The President has imposed a 25-percent tariff on steel imported from Canada, Mexico, and Europe. It is also likely that those countries will impose retaliatory tariffs on goods that come from the U.S. (Michigan Radio)  

In baseball, Kalamazoo won at Battle Creek Sunday 6-3. The Growlers won three games in their four game series with the Bombers. Both teams have home games Monday and Tuesday. Kalamazoo will host Madison at Homer Stryker Field. Battle Creek will play Lakeshore at C.O. Brown Stadium.