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    Authorization of 4 A.M. Liquor Licenses

    Christopher Cislo

    Today Michiganders can enjoy drinking with friends, family, and acquaintances within bars and restaurants as well as purchase alcohol at their local stores until 2 A.M. This all too common closing time may be subject to change in our near future. Senate Bill No. 856 proposes amending section 1114 ...

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    Fair Housing Changes Proposed for Sexual Orientation Discrimination

    P. Pamela Davies

    Currently, the federal Fair Housing Act and Michigan's Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act do not protect individuals from housing discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. The two laws combined, however, protect many classes from discrimination: race, color, sex, age, marital status, familial status, religion, national origin, color, height ...

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    Using Credit Scores to Determine Auto Insurance Premiums

    As of right now, 93% of Michigan insurance companies use credit scores in order to determine rates that people pay for insurance.  A person's credit score is created by using their educational level, occupation, and record of paying household bills.  The credit score consists of: current account balances, reports of delinquencies, bank revolving accounts, ...

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    Tax Increment Financing: Does it work?

    Tax increment financing (TIF) is a relatively new economic development tool. This tool allows districts to capture the increase on property taxes. Instead of all tax monies going back into the state, the district would be allowed to keep the money that is based on the percent increase. For example if ...

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    Michigan Film Office Interview

    Michael Thom

    Transcript of Kyle Celebuski’s interview with the Michigan Film Office’s Michelle Begnoche.

     

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    Mobile Home Inspection Bill

    Craig Dulman

    House Bill 4801, sponsored by Representative Bob Constan, aims to amend the Mobile Home Commission Act to allow local authorities to conduct safety inspections of rental homes. As of now Michigan law allows local governments to conduct safety inspections of rental homes and apartments within their boundaries, however, these laws do ...

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    States Divided Over Asian Carp Barrier

    Michael Malloy

    With invasive Asian carp now established in waterways near Chicago, politicians and officials in the Great Lakes states are pushing for immediate action to prevent the fish from ever entering Lake Michigan. But the one state with control over the situation, Illinois, believes that sufficient action has already been taken. The debate ...

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    Time to Reconsider Alcohol Regulation?

    Peter Croce

    With the new keg tagging law coming into effect this month, Michigan’s alcohol regulations are finally being discussed at least among college-aged house partiers.  However, while these laws effect a mass of individuals, the subject of regulation is rarely discussed, possibly due to how complicated it can seem.

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    Michigan Broadband Needs

    Matt Grossmann

    The current landscape for Michigan's broadband network shows holes that must be filled in order for Michigan to not only bounce back from the most recent recession, but take the lead in creating 21st century jobs. Michigan has many areas that do not have competitive broadband markets. This leaves ...

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    HB 4890 & HB 4891 Life Insurance Regulation

    On May 13, 2009 House Representative Barb Byrum along with several other Representatives proposed HB 4890 and HB 4891 which both deal with prohibiting STOLI (stranger originated life insurance). The basic issue of this legislation is if individuals with life insurance should have the option to sell their policy to a ...

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    Opinion: Broadband Bill

    Kevin Karkkainen

    The Michigan legislature has not seen a great deal of action in the broadband policy arena. There have been, however, two major bills introduced in the past year that could have important affects Michigan's broadband policy.

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    The MEDC, Creates Jobs or Wastes Michigan Money?

    Erica Weiss

    On July 21, 2009 Governor Granholm announced that the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) would help seven companies grow in Michigan. This would create and retain nearly 15,00 jobs and generate over $394.5 million in new investments for Michigan. The Michigan Economic Growth Authority (MEGA) approved state tax credits to 8 ...

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    Alternative Energy Sources in Michigan

    There have been a lot of recent advancements in alternative energy technology, a lot of them taking place in Michigan.  On September 12, Governor Granholm left on a trip to Japan to try and convince Japanese company executives to invest in Michigan's alternative energy sources.  Michigan is on trach to become ...

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    Medical Marijuana Court of Appeals Ruling

    Magnus Dahlberg

    Nearly 100,000 medical marijuana patients may have to find another means of purchasing their medication following a Michigan Court of Appeals ruling published on August 23rd. The Court ruled that Compassionate Apothecary, a medical marijuana dispensary, was not operating in accordance with the provisions of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act ...

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