Detroit Free Press

2:54 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Domestic partner benefits ban blocked by judge

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The American Civil Liberties Union challenged a law denying benefits for domestic partners on behalf of five same-sex couples who were in danger of losing their health insurance.
A federal judge has blocked Michigan's ban on domestic partner benefits for employees who work in school districts and local governments. Judge David Lawson in Detroit says the plaintiffs so far have made a "plausible claim" that the law violates the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
3:44 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Utility surcharge to help low-income heat bills

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The state Senate finally passed a bill approving a fifty million dollar fund to help those residents with heat bills through a $1 surcharge.
A $50 million fund to help low-income Michiganders keep their heat on in the winter received final passage in the state Senate Thursday. By a vote of 34-4, the Senate concurred in changes made to the bill in the House of Representatives last week. The bill now moves to Gov.
1:56 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Snyder wants Michigan to do more business with Isreal

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Snyder will go on a nine day investment mission to Israel with other state officials and business leaders.
LANSING - Gov. Rick Snyder leaves today for a nine-day trade mission to Israel, which he expects will lead to more jobs for Michigan. Snyder has made four earlier trade missions to Asia, Europe and Canada. This will be his first trip to Israel as governor.
5:45 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Michigan Rep. wants to change sexual assault prosecutions in the military

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It would leave chain-of-command officers out of decisions with sentences of more than a year in confinement. Instead, those cases would be passed to military prosecutors. The goal of the legislation is to help victims of sexual assault in the military feel comfortable coming forward, knowing such crimes will be investigated.
WASHINGTON - Calling the widening controversy over sexual assaults in the military a "travesty," U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek, Michigan's only member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, introduced legislation today that could reform how the Pentagon handles such crimes. Benishek's legislation - a companion piece to that being introduced in the Senate by Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.
4:38 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

No-fault insurance debate packs state Capitol

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Some Republican lawmakers want to get rid of unlimited life-long benefits for people critically injured in auto accidents.
An overflow crowd, many people in wheelchairs, filled three committee rooms in the state Capitol on Thursday to hear the opening debate on no-fault auto insurance reform.