• June 15 designated Women Veterans Recognition Day in Michigan

    Michigan Women’s Commission (MWC) Executive Director Mary Engelman today commended the Michigan legislature for designating Friday, June 15 as Women Veterans Recognition Day, and called on all Michigan residents to look for ways to support women who serve or have served in the military and their families. “More than 46,000 women veterans call Michigan home,”…

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  • Plan to improve pipeline safety in Great Lakes

    Three northern Michigan representatives have introduced a plan to better protect the Great Lakes by strengthening pipeline safety standards in the Straits of Mackinac. State Reps. Lee Chatfield, Sue Allor and Triston Cole said the comprehensive plan ensures vessels and utility companies operating in the Straits are accountable to the people of Michigan. “While the…

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  • Appeals court rules public bodies must offer more info on certain closed sessions

    Public bodies—city commissions, county boards, township and village councils—must stop being vague in their explanations to the public and press regarding certain information in connection with closed sessions for pending litigation. According to Southern Michigan law firm Butzel Long, which works with the Michigan Press Association and its member newspapers like the Boyne City Gazette,…

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  • Bipartisan support for Michigan Sen. Stabenow’s Farm Bill

    Michigan agricultural, conservation, healthy food and business groups widely praised the bipartisan 2018 Farm Bill, co-authored by U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry. The Farm Bill passed the Senate Agriculture Committee on a strong bipartisan vote of 20-1 on Wednesday, June 13, 2018. The bipartisan bill…

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  • Michigan working to lower lead levels in water

    Strengthened state standards for the federal Lead and Copper Rule will better safeguard Michigan residents from lead in their drinking water, Gov. Rick Snyder announced Thursday after the rules were filed, making the new standards part of official state statute. “The federal Lead and Copper Rule simply does not do enough to protect public health,”…

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