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Schmidt introduces legislation to aid local first responders

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Wayne Schmidt on Wednesday introduced legislation that would provide local governments with alternative and more efficient methods for purchasing emergency response vehicles like fire trucks and ambulances. “Townships, villages, and cities finance fire trucks, ambulances, land and other acquisitions through installment purchase agreements,” said Schmidt, R-Traverse City. “However, emergency authorities…
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Sen. Dale Zorn

Zorn bill would preempt local bans on natural gas use

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn on Wednesday introduced legislation to stop local governments from prohibiting the use of natural gas in Michigan homes and businesses. “The terrible idea of banning the use of clean and affordable natural gas at the local level is the latest example of environmental extremism — one that would have…
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Barrett praises UM Dr. Anderson settlement

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Tom Barrett, R-Charlotte, who announced he would introduce bipartisan legislation this week with Sen. Adam Hollier, D-Detroit, to expand the statute of limitations in order to get justice for the survivors of sexual abuse from University of Michigan athletics physician Dr. Robert Anderson, praised a reported settlement between the university…
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Senators issue statement on DHHS-OAG report controversy

LANSING, Mich. — Sens. Ed McBroom, R-Waucedah Township; Lana Theis, R-Brighton; and Doug Wozniak, R-Shelby Township; issued the following statement on Wednesday, in response to backlash from the Department of Health and Human Services concerning an Office of the Auditor General (OAG) report indicating the department underreported the number of long-term care facility residents who…
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