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Calley Signs Opioid Legislation

Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley has signed legislation designed to fight the opioid epidemic in Michigan. State Representative Beth Griffin of Mattawan tells WSJM News one of the bills Calley signed Wednesday was her plan to have the Michigan Department of Education create an opioid curriculum for health classes in the state’s schools.. ...Read Full Story

Bill Would Drop Restrictions On Who Can Buy Drinks At VFW Halls

From the Associated Press — Michigan lawmakers are working on a bill to allow out-of-town veterans to buy drinks at clubs run by the Veterans of Foreign Wars or the American Legion. Under current law, veterans from out of town must rely on the generosity of
others if they want a drink. The Michigan Liquor Control Commission says drinks can only be sold directly to local members at clubs, although the restriction isn’t always followed. Chuck Teller, commander at Port Huron’s American Legion Post 8, says he’d welcome a change to what he considers an “ancient law.” Senate Bill 662 says members of affiliated clubs could stop in and buy a cold one. The bill would also apply to Elks, Moose and Eagles clubs. The Liquor Control Commission supports the bill.. ...Read Full Story

State Supreme Court To Hear Arguments On Schools, Guns

From the Associated Press — Michigan’s high court is expected to weigh in sometime in 2018 on whether school districts can ban anyone not in law enforcement from carrying guns onto school grounds. The Detroit News reports that the Michigan Supreme Court has invited sides in a disputed lower-court decision to file written arguments. Oral arguments are expected in coming months, though a hearing date hasn’t been set. The legal battle stems from a 2016 appellate court ruling that public schools can ban guns from their premises. It rejected a challenge by gun rights groups and parents who are licensed to carry firearms. The gun rights advocates say the court was wrong to find the Ann Arbor and Clio districts aren’t in conflict with state law that prohibits local governments from regulating gun possession.. ...Read Full Story

MEDC Expecting Robust Economy In 2017

How did Michigan’s economy fare in 2017 and what’s expected going forward in 2018? Michigan’s economy had a solid 2017 and the head of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation is optimistic for 2018. MEDC CEO Jeff Mason spoke with Michigan News Network about his expectations.. ...Read Full Story

Financial Fitness Events Planned For Michigan This Winter

Michiganders can get a jumpstart on their financial resolutions with a series of free financial empowerment events taking place around the state in the coming weeks. Allyson Brooks with the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan tells us there will be 39 different “Show Me the Money Day” events around the state in January and February. She says in a financial pinch, it’s too easy to make the wrong decision.. ...Read Full Story

Proos Announces Winner Of Photo Contest

Molly Pate of Berrien Springs is the winner of the annual Pure Michigan Summer Photo Contest run by the office of state Senator John Proos. Her “Sunset Sail at South Haven Beach” will be displayed at the state capitol as a result. Senator Proos tells WSJM News he wanted to hold the contest to show off the talents of local artists.. ...Read Full Story

Schuitmaker Reflects On 2017

2017 was a busy year for Michigan lawmakers, and each is now reflecting on what they feel were the biggest accomplishments. State Senator Tonya Schuitmaker of Lawton tells WSJM News she is disappointed the Michigan House didn’t get auto insurance reform approved. Still, she’s hoping for something on that front in 2018, perhaps in the Senate. ...Read Full Story

MI Foster Kids Scholarship Fund Taking Donations

With the 2017 tax year coming to a close, the Michigan Department of Treasury is asking state residents to consider making a contribution to the Fostering Futures Scholarship Trust Fund. The fund provides scholarships to young adults who have spent their youths in the foster system. The awards are paid to the students’ college or university, within the state, to help with tuition, fees, room, board, books, and supplies. The Michigan Department of Treasury tells us there are about 13,000 youngsters in Michigan’s foster care system at any given time. Many have no resources to attend college when they age out of the system, and the Fostering Futures Scholarship Trust Fund can help them. Since 2012, fundraising efforts have totaled more than $1.1 million, with much of that money coming through donations. They take contributions online. You can learn more right here.. ...Read Full Story