Detroit Free Press

3:55 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Supporters hope affirmative action ban stays intact

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The Supreme Court will hear an appeal of a decision in November that threw out the affirmative action ban.
The forces behind a number of state bans on the use of affirmative action today filed a brief with the Supreme Court, supporting a move to get the court to uphold the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative. The filing points to last week's Supreme Court ruling in a University of Texas case to support the notion that such bans are legal.
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.