Friday Morning State News Summary
Fri, 28 Dec 2012 01:14:50 EST
(Lansing-Emergency Manager-Legislation signed)
Governor Rick Snyder has signed controverisal new Emergency Manager legislation
into law, approved late in the lame duck session of the Michigan legislature.
Under the new law, struggling local governments would have four options to get
out of financial distress: emergency management; a consent agreement; mediation;
or Chapter 9 bankruptcy.
Opponents of the law contend that it's just a replacement of the Emergency
Manager law already struck down in the November election. But supporters point
out that the new law has several key differences from the measure struck down on
the statewide ballot including giving local officials a greater role in the
process and providing more approaches to resolving their fiscal crises.
The new law replaces Public Act 4 of 2011 that was repealed by voters in
November, but it will not take effect until March.
The Michigan Legislature formally adjourned for the year at noon on Thursday.
State House Clerk Gary Randall brought the gavel down on the 2012 session, with
only a handful of people in attendance.
Despite no voting, the "sine die" (latin for "without day") session each year
does have some legal significance.
Any bill signed by the Governor takes effect 90-days after the session, unless
lawmakers have voted for legislation to take effect earlier or on some other
State lawmakers are expected back in Lansing the second week of January.
(Capitol-Snyder Signs Retail Crime)
Governor Snyder signed into law legislation yesterday (Thursday) establishing
the Organized Retail Crime Act to protect consumers by cracking down on the
increasing prevalence of retail fraud.
It would make it a felony punishable by up to five years' imprisonment if a
person is found guilty of knowingly committing organized retail crime. That
includes the theft of retail merchandise with the intent to resell, distribute
or transfer it to another retail merchant or any other person.
Other bills signed by the governor Thursday include: a bill to prohibit certain
governmental agencies from disclosing personally identifying information
pertaining to minor victims of child abuse, criminal sexual conduct, sexual
assaults or molestation, or similar crimes; a bill that prohibits the transfer
of medicinal marijuana by vehicle unless the drug is enclosed in a case and
placed in the vehicles trunk or secured in a way that is not readily accessible
from the interior of the vehicle; and a bill that allows teachers retired for
more than one year an approximate one-year window to reenter the classroom (for
up to 3 years) if they are on a critical shortage list as determined by the
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder reported a gross income of roughly
one-point-nine-million dollars in 2011.
According to a recently released federal income tax return, Snyder had a taxable
income of nearly one-point-four-million dollars.
The governor accepted his state salary of just over 159-thousand dollars,
however he kept his promise by returning all but one-dollar to the state.
The return also shows that Snyder gave more than 196-thousand dollars to
(Howell-I96 Shooter Charges)
The man suspected of shooting at vehicles along the Interstate 96 corridor from
Oakland to Ingham County is facing more terrorism charges.
The Michigan Attorney General is heading the prosecution for Raulie Casteel
(RAW-lee cas-TEEL) for the charges in Ingham, Livingston and Shiawassee
Casteel was arraigned in Howell on several charges Thursday, including
terrorism, based on 21 alleged attacks, assault with intent to murder and
weapons - felony firearm.
He's also facing charges in Oakland County.
Fromer State Representative Judy Nerat of Wallace has died at the age of 64.
Nerat had been diagnosed with multiple myeloma during her one term in the
legislature from 2009-to-2010.
Nerat was the first woman elected to the state House from the Upper Peninsula.
She was born in Daggett, and graduated from the Milwaukee College of Beauty
Culture and went on to own her own beauty salon.
She also served on the Menominee County Road Commission and had worked part-time
in a nursing home.
House Democratic leader-elect Tim Greimel issued a statement saying (quote)
"Those who served with and knew Judy remember her as a hard-working and
dedicated advocate for the families and children of the Upper Peninsula. Judy
was a pioneer, first as a 10-year member of the Menominee Road Commission, then
as the first woman to be elected to the state House from the Upper Peninsula.
Judy's siblings, children and grandchildren are in our thoughts and prayers."
More than 100 law enforcement agencies in 22 Michigan counties have begun a
statewide drunk driving crackdown, to keep impaired drivers off the road as 2013
Anne Readett (REE-Debt) of the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning says
the extra officers will target impaired drivers during the New Year's holiday
period through midnight on January 1st, but recommends anyone that plans to
party on New Year's Eve to designated a sober driver in advance or consider
other options on how to get home safely from that party, such as taking a cab or
spending the night.
The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) is coordinating the effort
which is supported by federal traffic safety funds.
Fourteen people were killed in traffic crashes during the New Years holiday
period in Michigan, five of those crashes involved alcohol.
Agencies in the following counties are participating in the drunk driving
patrols: Allegan, Berrien, Calhoun, Chippewa, Delta, Genesee, Houghton, Ingham,
Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kent, Macomb, Marquette, Monroe, Oakland, Ogemaw, Ottawa,
Saginaw, St. Clair, Van Buren,
(MI/DC-Benishek Fiscal Cliff)
Congressman Dan Benishek of Michigan's 1st District says he would have voted for
Plan B last week if the House had voted for it because he wants the so-called
fiscal cliff issue resolved. The vote was canceled because there was not enough
support to pass it.
Benishek says he is not happy that the issue is being negotiated rather than
debated in the open. He says the House is supposed to pass its bill, which it
did, the Senate is supposed to pass a bill, which is hasn't, then they are
supposed to come to a conference and work out their differences, then put it to
Along with other members of the House, Benishek is returning to Washington to
wait for a possible vote to avert the fiscal cliff on Jan. 1 when Bush-era tax
After a couple of weeks of declining prices at the pump, gasoline prices jumped
in the latest Triple A Michigan survey.
The statewide average is up by 14-cents a gallon to three-dollars-38-cents a
In metro Detroit, prices climbed by eleven-cents to an average of
three-dollars-29-cents for regular unleaded. One of the largest increases over
the week was in the Flint area where gasoline prices spiked by nearly 30-cents a
Triple A surveys over 28-hundred stations for their weekly report.
(Detroit-3yo Shoots Self)
Detroit Police are investigating a shooting that left a three-year-old boy
The incident was reported Thursday morning after the child arrived at a local
hospital for treatment.
Officers say the boy sustained a gunshot wound to the foot at a home on Forrer
Police did not say how the boy obtained the gun and the incident remains under
Snow emergencies remain in effect in all communities in Macomb County as crews
continue their efforts to clean up after Wednesday's storm. The area received
the highest amount of snow from the storm with around eight inches reported.
The snow emergencies will remain in effect for approximately 36 hours after the
Vehicles are prohibited from parking on streets and will be ticketed or towed if
they are in the way of a snow plow.
Ford Motor Company plans to add over 23-hundred hourly jobs while investing
773-million dollars in six plants over the next two years.
The commitment is part of the contract the automaker has with the United Auto
Workers Union in 2011. Ford agreed to create 12-thousand jobs and invest
approximately 16-billion dollars in existing plants to modernize them by 2015.
New jobs will be added at the Flat Rock Assembly plant to build the Ford Fusion
and the Van Dyke Transmission plant. Other locations
seeing upgrades include the Michigan Assembly Plant, Livonia Transmission Plant,
Sterling Axle, and the Dearborn Stamping Plant.
(Warren-Hunting In City)
Two suspected bow hunters accused of killing a deer in violation of Warrens
hunting ban are now facing a four-year felony charge for cruelty to animals.
Twenty-seven-year-old William Francis, of Riverview, and his 19-year-old
stepbrother Myles Ehret, of Royal Oak, are expected to be arraigned in a Macomb
County courtroom on Thursday.
Under a city ordinance, hunting in Warren is a misdemeanor punishable by 90 days
in jail and a $1,000 fine. Discharge of a bow and arrow with a penetrating tip
or head also if prohibited by local ordinance.
Francis and Ehret were arrested on Dec. 21 after residents in the area
complained about hearing gunshots.
After consulting with DNR Conservation Officers who were called to the scene,
police decided to change the charges to animal killing/torturing based on the
killing of a deer in a non-hunting area.
Tonight's (Fri) Mega Millions jackpot is worth $25 (m) million dollars.
The winning numbers for the midday 3 lottery on Thursday were: 7-7-2
The winning numbers for the midday 4 lottery were: 7-9-9-8
The winning numbers for the evening 3 lottery were: 3-1-4
The winning numbers for the evening 4 lottery were: 3-2-5-2
The winning numbers for the Fantasy 5 lottery on Thursday were: 01- 11- 15-
The winning numbers for the Keno lottery were: 01- 07- 08- 09 -16- 17- 20-21-
23- 28- 37 -42- 53- 56- 59 -60- 64- 67- 70- 73- 77-and-80
Saturday's Classic Lotto jackpot is projected to be three-point-one (m) million
Saturday's Powerball jackpot is worth 40- (m) million dollars.