Category Archives: State Government

Trout Trails web tool helps anglers find new fishing destinations

If you don’t have a fishing buddy for the holiday weekend, the Department of Natural Resources says it’s got you covered. The state has released a new web tool to help anglers find just the right river or lake to fish for trout.

Trout Trails is a web-based map that gives information on waters that fisheries biologists say are good for trout. Some of the sites, the DNR says, are lesser- known, but outstanding trout fishing destinations.

Suzanne Stone is with the DNR Fisheries Division.

She said the web site is intended to make anglers feel like they’re going fishing with an old fishing buddy. A buddy who has a lot of information about the area, “Like how fast the water was, was it a stream or river, what was the best time to fish in any certain lake or the season, and then provide directions to the site, both written as well as a link that would take them to Google Maps”.

Stone said Trout Trails provides information on 129 trout destinations.

ON THE WEB:
Trout Trails http://www.michigan.gov/trouttrails

“Grassroots” marijuana legalization campaign kicks off signature collection effort

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A campaign to legalize marijuana in Michigan started collecting signatures Thursday at a rally in front of the state Capitol.

Attorney Matthew Abel is with the group MI Legalize. He admits it’ll be a challenge to raise the money needed to collect enough signatures – but he’s optimistic. Continue reading

Lawmakers: Health departments should inspect prison kitchens

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Republican and Democratic lawmakers at the state Capitol say it’s time for prison kitchens to be inspected by local health agencies. That’s after the most recent instance of maggots found in a corrections food service facility.

Prison kitchens are currently exempt from local health inspections. Continue reading

The fate of Michigan’s film incentives in Gov. Snyder’s hands

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Michigan’s film incentives could soon end with the stroke of Gov. Rick Snyder’s pen.

The state House and Senate approved a bill to phase out the film credits on the last day before lawmakers go on an intermittent schedule for the summer. Continue reading

6th Circuit: Gaming board couldn’t suspend jockey licenses

Capital_Building_LansingA state board that guards against corruption in the gaming industry violated the constitutional rights of four jockeys who refused to cooperate with a 2010 race-rigging investigation. That decision just came down from the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
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Proposal in Lansing would add emergency contacts to state IDs

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A measure in Lansing would allow for encrypted emergency contact information on your driver’s license or state ID.

The information could include the name, address, and phone number of your chosen contact person. Continue reading

Snyder signs law cutting off welfare for families with truant kids

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Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a new law tying welfare benefits to school attendance.

For more than two years, a Michigan Department of Health and Human Services policy has ended cash assistance for families with children who persistently miss school. House Bill 4041 cements that policy in state law. Continue reading

Two marijuana legalization campaigns get the green light

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Two campaigns to legalize marijuana in Michigan have the green light to move forward.

A state elections board signed off on their petition language on Thursday. The groups will now begin collecting signatures. Continue reading

Snyder signs law to let adoption agencies to refuse service based on faith objection

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Governor Rick Snyder has signed a law that allows faith-based adoption agencies to refuse to work with same-sex couples or other families based on a religious objection.

The governor says he signed the law to ensure the most opportunities to place children with permanent families. But, the law is almost certain to face a legal challenge. Continue reading

Incoming state superintendent wants to reduce testing, keep watch on homeschoolers

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The incoming state superintendent says he wants to cut down on the amount of time students spend taking standardized tests.

Brian Whiston answered questions from lawmakers on Wednesday for the first time. He says the state may need to move away from the brand new M-STEP exam. Continue reading

$1 billion dollar road funding proposal clears state House

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A plan to boost road funding by about a billion dollars a year has cleared the state House. The Republican proposal relies mostly on shifting existing funds in the state budget instead of significantly raising taxes.

State House Speaker Kevin Cotter unveiled the plan after the historic failure of Proposal One. He says voters want the Legislature to prioritize existing revenues to help fix the roads. Continue reading