A bill being considered in Lansing may make it easier for motorists to show proof of auto insurance to police. And easier for police to get up-to-date information
Legislation in the State Senate would allow law enforcement to access real-time auto insurance information.
Currently, police may receive information that is weeks old as insurance companies send data every two weeks to the Secretary of State office. That information is then distributed to law enforcement data systems.
The new bill would allow drivers to show proof of insurance on their cellphones.
Susan Hiltz is with Triple A Michigan.
“It’s really about sharing of knowledge and it’s really more of a computer based sharing of knowledge and information. And it’s really just to validate insurance on folks,” Hiltz said.
Lori Conarton with Insurance Institute of Michigan said Michigan is ranked sixth highest in the nation for uninsured drivers.
She said part of the high uninsured rate is because Michigan has some of the most expensive insurance nationwide. However, she said, it’s necessary to insure motorists safety.
The bill has been passed by the state house and referred to the Senate Committee on Insurance.
Photo courtesy of the Michigan DNR.
Already this spring, wildfires in Michigan have burned through seven times more land than they did at the same time last year.
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The U-S Food and Drug Administration is working with a private company to recall thousands of cases of hummus distributed nationwide.
Officials in Bay City said within the next month, city workers will begin removing a playground that was deemed unsafe due to arsenic in the soil.
The workers will not only remove equipment from the
Imagination Station playground, but they’ll also remove some 12 inches soil underneath the structure. Continue reading
Power outages are affecting several northern mid-Michigan counties today.
More than 4,500 people are without power in Wexford, Missaukee, Osceola, and Clare counties.
Cadillac Schools is sending students home early due to power outages in multiple buildings.
A Consumer’s Energy spokesperson said restoration work should be completed by mid afternoon.
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On-duty police officers would be required to wear body cameras under a bill in the state House.
A group of Democrats – mostly from Detroit – is sponsoring House Bill 4229.
It’s that time of year.
The sun is shining, snow is melting, temps are climbing…and the flu season is winding down.
There’s bipartisan interest in the state Legislature in protecting Michiganders from having property unfairly seized by police.
Michigan will get rid of county gun boards that review applications for concealed pistol licenses (CPLs).
A new tracking system in Emmet county will allow residents who may become lost, for example people with Alzheimer’s, Down syndrome or autism a quick way to be found.
The state House has adopted legislation that would exempt air-, spring-, and gas-powered guns from Michigan firearms laws.
Controversy surrounding a proposed nuclear waste dump that would be built near the Lake Huron Shoreline in Ontario is heating up.
The main issue surrounding Ontario Power Generation’s, or OPG’s, proposed nuclear dump can be boiled down to three things.
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Concealed weapons bills similar to ones Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed last month are one step closer to heading back to his desk.
Ontario Power Generation, or OPG, has talked themselves hoarse defending their proposal for a nuclear waste storage facility near Lake Huron.
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The Mackinac Bridge (Photo by Mike Horace)
The Mackinac Bridge remains closed after an eight vehicle crash sent two people to area hospitals.
The crash occurred on the northern causeway of the bridge at about 9:30 this morning.
Michigan, for the first time in its history, recorded zero hunting fatalities in Michigan, last year.
Bitter cold weather and snow continues to cause Michigan schools to cancel days.
Five Michigan State Police posts are opening their lobbies during regular business hours to serve as a safe place for private business transactions.
Retired federal law enforcement officials would be able to carry concealed weapons in “no carry zones” under a bill approved by the state Senate. The bill got overwhelming bipartisan support.
Governor Rick Snyder will present his budget proposal tomorrow, (Wed.) including plans to tackle a deficit. But he will also propose some new spending on public safety.
More schools in Michigan are enrolling their fifth graders in a state program that aims to prepare them for emergencies.
It’s called Student Tools for Emergency Planning, or STEP. It’s a curriculum that helps teachers prepare students for emergencies like tornadoes, flooding and storms.
Legislation to streamline approval of concealed pistol licenses is likely to clear the state Senate this week.
Thursday marks one week since an Alpena woman went missing. Now police are asking for the public’s help in locating her.
Police say 57-year old, Mary Carol Allen is in need of medication and is considered endangered. She was last seen January 22nd at her home on Avery street in Alpena.
Joel Jett is Chief of Police for the Alpena City Police Department.
He said there is growing concern to locate Allen due to the cold temperatures and her medical condition.
“From the time that it was reported Sunday afternoon up until today, we are expending all resources that we can in our attempts to locate her.”
Jett said air search crews from the state police have been working in along with ground searchers and canine units.
Mary Allen is described as 5 feet 3 inches tall, 130 pounds with graying brown hair and brown eyes. Police say she might be wearing glasses.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Alpena Police department at (989) 354-1800 or the Michigan State Police.
A check by state health officials over the past year found an uptick in the number of retailers illegally selling tobacco to minors. The Department of Community Health Survey found 18 percent of retailers sold tobacco to minors. That’s a seven percentage point jump from two years ago.
Gov. Rick Snyder has vetoed gun legislation he says would have put domestic abuse victims in danger.