Saturday, January 26, 2013
The new agency will oversee operations to connect veterans to services and benefits in Michigan.
Gov. Rick Snyder issued an executive order on Friday that will help to better connect eligible veterans with their benefits. Executive Order 2013-2 creates the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency within the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. The governor announced the move during his annual State of the State address. “Michigan’s veterans earned and deserve the best possible support – and we need to make sure that they can get it,” Snyder said. “With our state’s recent accreditation by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and with a new agency solely dedicated to their needs, veterans will experience more efficient and effective delivery of services and support.” Michigan is home to more than 650,000 military veterans, …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Snyder will deliver his third State of the State address at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Gov. Snyder will deliver his third State of the State address to a joint session of the Michigan Legislature at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. According to the Detroit Free Press, one of the main topics of the speech will focus on matching job vacancies in Michigan with workers who possess the necessary skills to fill those jobs. Snyder notes that the state has thousands of vacant jobs, but a high unemployment level. The event will be broadcast live online at www.livestream.com/snyderlive. It will also be broadcast on Fox, and WWJ 950 AM.
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation that outlines guidelines for property owners and leasing tenants.
Sunday, January 6
A new law signed by Gov. Rick Snyder protects property owners and renters. House Bill 5892, sponsored by state Rep. Wayne Schmidt, R-District 104, amends the Rental-Purchase Agreement Act to assist both lessors and lessees of property. Lessees who are temporarily unable to make payments and surrender the property in a timely fashion now will have 90 days, rather than one month or less, to make the payments required to reinstate a rental-purchase agreement without losing any rights or options. Lessors now will be able to require that property be returned seven days after a lessee misses a payment, instead of having to wait nearly a month. The law also clarifies what types of fees may be charged in these situations. The bill is Public Act …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Theft of retail merchandise with the intent or purpose of reselling the products is now a felony punishable by up to five years' imprisonment.
Wednesday, January 2
Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation establishing the Organized Retail Crime Act to protect consumers by cracking down on the increasing prevalence of retail fraud. House Bills 5843 and 5902, sponsored by state Rep. Joe Graves, R-District 51, would make it a felony punishable by up to five years' imprisonment if a person is found guilty of knowingly committing organized retail crime. This includes the theft of retail merchandise with the intent or purpose of reselling, distributing, or transferring the stolen retail merchandise to another retail merchant or to any other person personally, through the mail, or through any electronic medium, including the Internet, in exchange for anything of value. The measures are now Public Acts 455 …
Monday, December 31, 2012
Schools and businesses cannot ask employees for passwords for personal social media accounts.
Monday, December 31, 2012
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation on Dec. 28 protecting the online privacy of Michiganders by prohibiting employers and educational institutions from asking applicants, employees and students for passwords and other account information used to access private Internet and email accounts, including social networks like Facebook and Twitter. House Bill 5523, sponsored by state Rep. Aric Nesbitt, also penalizes educational institutions for dismissing or failing to admit a student who does not provide such details. “Cyber security is important to the reinvention of Michigan, and protecting the private Internet accounts of residents is a part of that,” Snyder said. “Potential employees and students should be judged on their skills and…
Friday, December 28, 2012
A political expert said Michigan could be “ground zero for a recall vote” against Snyder in 2013.
Could the sudden passage of the highly controversial right-to-work legislation lead to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's name appearing on a statewide ballot for something other than his re-election campaign? One political expert thinks it's possible. Joshua Spivak, a senior fellow at Wagner College’s Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform, told Politico that Michigan could be “ground zero for a recall vote” against Snyder in 2013. “There doesn’t seem to be a specific goal of going after state legislatures or state governors in any significant way, though that might change in Michigan because of right-to-work (legislation),” Spivak said in the Politico story. Local recall elections, such as the one voters recently approved against Troy …
Monday, October 15, 2012
Gov. Rick Snyder said the new legislation was important because false reports can put first responders such as officers with the Trenton fire and police departments, as well as others in the community, at risk.
Emergency vehicles stood at the ready outside Trenton Fire Station 1 on Monday afternoon as Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill designed to prevent an Internet based crime called "swatting." "Swatting" is a crime in which a person uses the Internet to report a serious crime or medical emergency in progress using "spoofing" technology, so that the report appears to be originating from another address, according to Anna Heaton of the House Majority Communications department for the Michigan House of Representatives. "I really want to say thank you to all of our first responders for being on the front lines and for everything you do," Snyder said to several Trenton and Grosse Ile firefighters and police officers who attended the signing. Snyder …
Thursday, October 11, 2012
In 2011, 68 people in Michigan died in home fires and firefighters throughout the state responded to 15,578 home fires.
Gov. Rick Snyder has proclaimed October 7-13 Fire Prevention Week in Michigan to encourage individuals and families to develop and practice home fire escape plans, and to ensure homes are equipped with working smoke alarms or automatic fire sprinkler systems for additional preparedness. This year’s theme is “Have 2 Ways Out.” “Having a practiced home escape plan is critical because fire is unpredictable and moves fast. You may have only seconds to escape safely,” said state fire Marshal Richard Miller. “In less than three minutes, your home could be totally engulfed in flames, so every family member should know how to react quickly and calmly." Wyandotte marked Fire Prevention Week with an open house on Sunday. In 2011, 68 people in …
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Michigan Senate joins the House in voting to lift the safety requirement for riders older than 21.
Michigan will become the 31st state to give motorcyclists the option of wearing a helmet since Gov. Rick Snyder signed the legislation, his office announced today. Motorcyclists who are 21 or older can ride without a helmet if they have at least an additional $20,000 in medical insurance and passed a motorcycle safety course or had their motorcycle endorsement for at least two years. Opponents of state mandates feel use should be a personal choice. They say helmets can limit peripheral vision, muffle traffic awareness sounds and create additional injury risk because of their weight. Arguments in favor of crash helmets cite safety studies, lower public medical costs, eye protection if face shields are used and reduced fatigue by improving …