Audit reveals problems with state collections

Jul 21, 2015

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A state audit faults Michigan's Treasury Department for problems collecting delinquent taxes and debts owed to state agencies. 

The Office of the Auditor General released a report Monday finding that 76,000 tax assessments were issued with an incorrect balance, some which were improperly referred to collections. The state also was flagged for not pursuing delinquent debts in a timely manner and not monitoring a contractor hired to collect debts.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A new bill in the state House would require schools to adopt policies on social media interactions between students and school employees. 

Supporters of House Bill 4791 say social media can be a great tool for teachers to communicate with students.

“But I also recognize the fact that there have been relationships of an inappropriate nature that have been facilitated through the use of social media as well,” said state Rep. Adam Zemke (D-Ann Arbor) – the bill’s lead sponsor.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A Democrat in the state House plans to introduce a bill that would decriminalize and regulate marijuana in Michigan. 

State Rep. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) says public support for legalization has reached critical mass.

“You’ve got people on the left who are saying that people should not be having their lives ruined over something like marijuana and you’ve got people on the right who are saying marijuana prohibition and the war on drugs is the granddaddy of all big government programs,” said Irwin.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A Marquette business owner and city officials are still trying to work out a deal to construct a new park near Presque Isle. 

Michelle Butler’s family wants to donate a 10.2-acre parcel of beach from Hawley Street north to the Dead River bridge for the construction of Clark Lambros Beach Park.  Lambros was both Butler’s business partner and longtime love.

State board bans drones over 136-year-old Michigan Capitol

Jul 14, 2015

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Drones have been banned from flying over the Michigan statehouse. 

The Michigan State Capitol Commission voted unanimously Monday to ban flights by unpiloted aircraft over the 136-year-old Michigan Capitol "except under special circumstances."

Commission member Tim Bowlin says the Legislature needs to act as well to write the ban into law and to set penalties for violators.

Supporters of the ban have cited the risk of a terrorist attack as well as the risk of damage to the Capitol, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.