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Advocates and lawmakers gather to raise awareness for special education

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley speaks on the Capitol steps about special education reforms at the rally.

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley speaks on the Capitol steps about special education reforms at the rally.

While most of the rallies these days are focused on presidential candidates, a different kind of rally took place Wednesday on the State Capitol lawn. Parents, lawmakers and advocates gathered to raise awareness for the needs of special education students.
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Lt. Gov Calley signs Executive Order supporting employment for people with disabilities

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An executive order supporting and providing employment for people with disabilities was signed November 18 in Lansing.

Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley signed the measure called Employment First. It aims to improve workplace support and services for those who need it.

Calley said the order will encourage businesses to help employees with disabilities grow in their work, and personal lives.

Under the order, state departments that provide services and support to those with disabilities will ensure the policies, procedures, and funding that goes along with Employment First.

Calley is head of the Mental Health and Wellness Commission, who recommended the order.

The State Rehabilitation Council will oversee the implementation of the Employment First.

Calley signs powdered alcohol ban

Brian CalleyThe sale or possession of powdered alcohol will soon be outlawed in Michigan, with exceptions for hospitals and researchers at universities. Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley signed the bill Wednesday morning because Governor Rick Snyder was in Canada.

The federal government approved powdered alcohol for the marketplace last year, but states also regulate the sale of alcohol. Supporters of the ban say powdered alcohol could be easily used by minors to spike soft drinks. Continue reading

Lawmakers work on updating Michigan’s mental health laws

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley supports Kevin's Law.

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley supports Kevin’s Law.

The state legislature is considering an update to Michigan’s 10-year-old mental health law.

Kevin’s Law went into effect ten years ago – but it hasn’t worked exactly the way lawmakers intended.

Under the current law, a patient had to already be undergoing treatment before a court could order a treatment plan. Continue reading