Detroit Free Press

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.
3:25 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Bike signals might change in Michigan

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To signal a right turn on a bicycle, you’re supposed to use an upturned left arm. But many cyclists just put their right arm straight out. A bill that’s circulating in the state House would allow both.
LANSING - On a day when the federal government shutdown and the Affordable Care Act went into effect, even the most mundane business was happening in the state Capitol. The House Transportation and Infrastructure committee unanimously passed a bill that would allow bicyclists to use an additional method to signal a right hand turn.