Category Archives: State Government

Health chief: Ebola distracted from Genesee County Legionnaire’s outbreak

flintThe state’s health director says an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease in Genesee County did not get the attention it deserved from his agency. He says it was partially due to the department’s focus on a different health threat that never materialized.
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Governor Snyder addresses public on criminal investigation

Gov Rick SnyderGovernor Rick Snyder addressed Wednesday’s announcement on criminal charges in the Flint water crisis in an afternoon press conference.  He called investigations into wrongdoing in Flint “critically important”.

Snyder says both state employees have been suspended without pay following the criminal charges.

He says a concurrent investigation by the Michigan State Police is still ongoing.

State legislation could make tampons and pads available for free in schools and gov. buildings

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Legislation introduced in the state house would require schools and government buildings to have feminine hygiene products available free of charge.

Currently, many tampons and pads cost money in bathrooms – or are not available at all.

State Representative Sarah Roberts said it’s unfair women have to feel embarrassed when caught without the products. Continue reading

Bay City follows anti-discrimination ordinance trend

LGBT_flag_02An anti-discrimination ordinance passed unanimously this week in Bay City, and looks similar to ordinances that are popping up in cities and counties across the state.

Some worry these ordinances will affect business. Others say they are essential for inclusive communities.

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Flint residents will be asked to help flush water system

bottle-of-waterA group of experts says Flint’s water is improving, but the next step is to persuade city residents to help flush the system.

The findings were presented at a task force meeting presided over by Governor Rick Snyder, who said he’s glad to see progress is being made in the city’s lead contamination crisis.
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Schuette files lawsuit to shut down abortion clinic

billlschuetteMichigan Attorney Bill Schuette has filed a lawsuit to shut down an abortion provider in Detroit. The anti-abortion Republican filed the lawsuit against the Summit Women’s Center in Detroit. The legal action says it violates a state law that requires abortion clinics to have a licensed doctor in charge of the facility.
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