A recent medical study lead by a Michigan State University doctor found that skull fractures and other head and facial injuries from motorcycle trauma have doubled since that state of Michigan relaxed its motorcycle helmet laws. The study was led by Michigan State University College of Human Services and Spectrum Health Dr. Nicholas S. Adams.  

Michigan Senate to vote on letting vehicles run unattended

Jun 13, 2017

Legislation up for a vote in the Michigan Senate would let residents legally leave a vehicle running unattended on private property. The bill , which won House approval last month, was proposed after a Detroit-area man was ticketed $128 for leaving a car running in his driveway as the vehicle warmed up. A state rule requires people to stop the engine and remove the ignition key before letting a vehicle stand unattended. 

The legislation would keep the prohibition in place only for vehicles parked on public streets, but not if they are equipped with a remote-start feature.

Certain employees retired from government work would get a tax break under legislation up for likely approval in the Michigan Senate. The bill scheduled for a vote Wednesday would aid retirees born after 1945 who receive retirement or pension benefits from employment with a government agency that was not covered by Social Security. The sponsor, Republican Sen. Ken Horn of Frankenmuth, says his measure would help police officers. 

A panel is recommending that Michigan restore the pay of statewide elected officials to levels that were in place before a 10 percent cut was imposed in 2010. The State Officers Compensation Commission said Friday that the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and secretary of state should receive 10 percent pay hikes. It also said Supreme Court justices should receive their first raise since 2002. 

The Peninsula

Bills that would give tax incentives to developers for cleaning up brownfield sites are going to the Michigan governor's desk.

The Senate voted 32-6 Tuesday to approve House changes. One change calls for 35 percent of redevelopment projects to be located in cities with under 100,000 people.

The legislation would let developers keep $40 million of taxes generated annually from jobs and residents at the sites and $200 million in construction taxes over the program's life.

The money would help cover the cost of cleaning up brownfield sites.

The Peninsula

A package of Michigan bills that would ease the financial burden of cleaning up brownfield sites goes to the governor's desk.

Republican Sen. Ken Horn introduced the legislation that would let developers keep a portion of taxes after they redevelop a brownfield site.

The taxes would be collected from businesses and residents moving into the site.

The bills passed the House Thursday after a lukewarm response from some lawmakers, who called it crony capitalism.

The main bill passed 85-22.

Bill protects privacy of parents who surrender newborn

Apr 25, 2017

Legislation up for a vote in Michigan would protect the confidentiality of parents who give up their newborn by leaving the child at a hospital or with emergency responders. The Safe Delivery of Newborns Law, enacted in 2000, allows parents to surrender a newborn who is no more than 72 hours old. 

The bill scheduled for House approval Tuesday would keep intact birth certificate requirements if a birth occurs in an institution. But if a newborn is surrendered under the baby drop-off law, parents would be listed as "unknown" and the child as "Baby Doe."


Michigan Senate and House Democrats want to see all Michigan workers get paid sick leave.

They introduced legislation on Wednesday that would give workers one hour of paid leave for every 30 hours worked regardless of whether they are part-time or full-time.

State Rep. Stephanie Chang says a majority of Michigan citizens support paid sick leave. A 2016 study by the Michigan League for Public Policy shows that 44 percent of Michigan workers cannot take time off if they or a family member becomes ill.

Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation to let Michigan motorists drive faster on at least 1,500 miles of rural highways as long as safety studies say the higher speed limits are OK.

 The bill enacted Thursday authorizes a 75 mph speed limit on 600 miles of freeways and a 65 mph limit on 900 miles of other roads. The limits will be raised within a year if a study shows it is safe and the new limits are no more than what 15 percent of traffic is exceeding. Proponents say speed limits are too low in rural areas.

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Flint residents and businesses will continue qualifying for state-funded credits on their water bills under a budget measure enacted in mid-December. 

The legislation signed by Gov. Rick Snyder extends the reimbursements another three months, through March.

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver said this week that the water relief program will continue as long as Flint has a 70 percent collection rate on water and sewer bills. Residential customers get a 65 percent credit on the water portion of their bills. Commercial customers receive a 20 percent credit.