Detroit Free Press

3:05 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

U.S. House passes Fred Upton's insurance bill, unlikely Senate will

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President Obama’s administration says the President will likely veto the legislation. And that’s only if the bill passes through a largely Democratic Senate.
WASHINGTON - A Michigan lawmaker's proposal allowing insurers to sell current policies next year, even if they are out of compliance with the new health care act, passed the U.S. House as expected. But it's going nowhere fast. The bill, written by U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St.
2:44 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

State unions launch Pure Michigan Waste campaign

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The Pure Michigan Waste campaign will push for lower worker to manager ratios, more efficient ways to offer public services to citizens, and less privatized contracts on work state workers could be doing.
LANSING - A coalition of unions representing 35,000 state employees has launched an effort to highlight areas where Michigan government can be more efficient and improve services to citizens. Leaders from the five unions say Republican Gov. Rick Snyder isn't doing enough on that front and has ignored employees' ideas.
4:54 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Abortion insurance rider petition could become law

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Anti-abortion activists have gathered more than 300,000 signatures.
LANSING - Anti-abortion activists have a "substantial" cushion of signatures needed to get a law on the books that would require insurance companies to offer abortion coverage only through a separate rider to a customer's policy.
3:26 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

3rd Graders scoring low on reading could be held back

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If a state House bill passes, third graders who score low on the reading portion of the MEAP would have to repeat the third grade.
If the bill were in place this year, it would mean as many as 36,662 children would have to repeat the third-grade because they scored at the bottom two levels of the Michigan Educational Assessment Program exam in fall 2012. If it passes the Legislature, the mandate would take effect for the 2014-15 school year.
4:24 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Tanning bed ban for minors sparks debate

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Some legislators believe the decision to let kids use tanning beds should be up to parents.
LANSING - Legislation that would prevent minors from using tanning beds and require tanning salons to register with the state has prompted a heated debate over how to address what some are calling a major public health threat without overly restricting parental rights. The bills, introduced by Rep.