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Ken Moore
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Michigan State Employees Association
AFSCME, Local 5 - AFL-CIO

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Michigan State Employees Association
AFSCME, Local 5 - AFL-CIO

Last Day Of Lame Duck Print
Thursday, 18 December 2014 09:38
The 2013-14 Michigan Legislature is drawing to a close with final House and Senate meetings scheduled today.  Any bills not approved by the end of the day--or early Friday morning--will need to be re-introduced in 2015.  In the final hours of Lame Duck, there are some key issues that are still unresolved:
1.  Roads--Legislative leaders tried three times Wednesday, but there's no deal yet.  They're scheduled to meet throughout the day Thursday and are trying to compromise on drastically different road funding plans recently proposed in the Senate and House.  The Senate voted to increase gas taxes, the House voted to divert sales tax revenue that would otherwise go to schools and cities.  Legislators are also discussing a possible ballot proposal that would ask voters to approve a general sales tax increase via a constitutional amendment, which would first require a two-thirds majority vote in both the House and Senate.
2.  Medical Marijuana--HB 4271
3.  Educator Evaluations--HB 5223, HB 5224
4.  Early Warning System For Schools--SB 0951 and SB 0957
5.  Religious Freedom Restoration Act--HB 5958
6.  Biodiversity Bill--SB 0078
7.  21st Century Jobs Fund--SB 0269
8.  M-1 Rail--SB 0695, SB 0696, SB 0697
9.  Mobile Home Safety--HB 5513
10. Police DNA Collection--SB 0105, SB 0106, SB 0107
11. Main Street Fairness--SB 0658, SB 0659
 
Breaking News (2:30pm) Campaign Asks Task Force To Protect Straits Of Mackinac Oil Pipelines Print
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 10:34

Breaking News (2:30 pm) It was announced today that a "pinhole leak" has been found in the 61-year-old Enbridge Line 5 in the Upper Peninsula.  Enbridge Line 5 carries oil products from Michigan's border with Wisconsin into Ontario, crossing under state and national public lands as well as inland rivers, the St. Clair River and the Straits of Mackinac.  The Sierra Club has released a statement which reads in part: "...We know that industry assurances that these pipelines are perfectly safe are meaningless without rigorous, scientific review of the environmental effects.  This small leak is a wake-up call that demands immediate action by our federal and state land management and environmental agencies to publicly disclose the full extent of potential environmental threats posed by this pipeline, and open a long overdue public debate about whether the threat to our state's waters and land are too great a risk to take."
Click on link to sign a letter urging Gov. Snyder to take action to prevent a devastating oil spill in the Great Lakes:
http://www.oilandwaterdontmix.org/sign_on_letter
On Monday, leaders of a campaign to protect the Great Lakes from a catastrophic oil spill called on Gov. Snyder to take swift and meaningful action to protect the Straits of Mackinac from a pair of 61-year-old Enbridge pipelines which are located there.  The Snyder administration's Michigan Petroleum Pipeline Task Force began meeting in August to study issues related to pipelines transporting petroleum products around the state.  The task force has given particular attention to the Straits oil pipelines and is expected to make recommendations by spring.

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