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July 31, 2005 - 10:07:20 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: State News

Citing the spiraling costs of prescription drugs and the impact on Michigan consumers and jobs, Michigan House Democrats today announced a proposal that will save Michigan residents up to 50 percent on their prescription drug costs.

July 31, 2005 - 9:07:41 am (America/Detroit)
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Backers of a total ban on direct shipments of wine -- the beer and wine wholesalers of Michigan -- pointed to a sting operation in which a 20-year old MSU student working as an intern for the Coalition for a Safe and Responsible Michigan purchased wine and alcohol over the internet. It's a problem, but it shouldn't be used to ban all Internet wine shipments.

July 30, 2005 - 1:07:00 pm (America/Detroit)
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Strolling along a Great Lakes beach is no crime, Michigan's Supreme Court ruled Friday in upholding the time-honored tradition of beach-walking. The court, with five of seven justices fully agreeing, found that "walking the beach ....is inherent in the exercise of traditionally protected public rights." Beach walkers are still expected to say near the water on wet sand.

For more information, consult Hugh McDiarmid, Jr."s article, "State's Top Court Rules Beach-Walking is OK ", Detroit Free Press, July 30, 2005.


July 26, 2005 - 12:07:51 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: State News

State Rep. Dave Hildenbrand recently announced that Michigan’s prescription drug system will be overhauled to improve patient safety, lower dispensing errors and decrease patient wait time under legislation signed into law this week.

“This new law will assist our seniors and others who need regular medication as well as our local pharmacists,” said Pearce, R-Rockford. “It is important to ensure the work we do in Lansing has a positive impact on the lives of people. The new law helps make that happen.”

July 26, 2005 - 11:07:56 am (America/Detroit)
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Attorney General Mike Cox has provided a June 2005 update on Identity Theft Information for Michigan Consumers. This alert/update explains some simple and effective steps consumers can take to:

  • Reduce their risk of becoming a victim, including obtaining free credit reports; and
  • Respond quickly and effectively if their personal information has been fraudulently misused.

July 26, 2005 - 11:07:39 am (America/Detroit)
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While attending a public meeting in Port Huron with local government officials, representatives of the news media, and citizens, state Attorney General Mike Cox said that "the state's Open Meetings and Freedom of Information acts are fundamental to democracy" and that "governments should be as open as possible".

"The Open Meetings and Freedom of Information acts allow citizens to understand what government is doing, and that even before he took office as attorney general in2003, he had a 'deep appreciation' of the law."

July 26, 2005 - 11:07:21 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: U.S. News

"Vice President Dick Cheney is leading a White House lobbying effort to block legislation offered by Republican senators that would regulate the detention, treatment and trials of detainees held by the American military," the New York Times reports. "In an unusual, 30-minute private meeting on Capitol Hill on Thursday night, Mr. Cheney warned three senior Republicans on the Armed Services Committee that their legislation would interfere with the president's authority and his ability to protect Americans against terrorist attacks."

July 25, 2005 - 11:07:11 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: U.S. News

Starting in 2007, Spring forward 2nd Sunday in March, Fall back 1st Sunday in November.

July 25, 2005 - 10:07:56 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: State News

Michigan consumers could see a limit on how much payday lenders could charge them if the Senate approves HB4834.

If the bill becomes law, lenders would not be permitted to charge more than $76 for a short-term $600 loan, $65 for a $500 loan, $54 for a $400 loan, $42 for a $300 loan, $29 for a $200 loan, and $15 for a $100 loan.

No more than $600 could be borrowed from a single payday lender, and a maximum of $1200 in loans would be allowed.

July 25, 2005 - 10:07:48 am (America/Detroit)
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SB 522, the Wolverine Pipeline Bill, passed both the House (60-46) and Senate (31-6) and was signed into law by the governor on July 21st.

Citing safety concerns, Lansing city officials tried for nearly three years to prevent Wolverine from building the line along four miles of I-96 on state-owned land in South Lansing. Both the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Michigan Supreme Court have upheld Lansing's denial of permission to construct the pipeline.


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