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https://www.mlive.com/news/2019/01/michigan-should-stop-untested-medical-marijuana-sales-state-licensed-labs-say.html?utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=mlive_sf&utm_source=twitter
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MLive

Citing patient safety concerns, every state-licensed lab in Michigan is urging state officials to reverse a recent decision allowing for sales of untested medical marijuana. Last week Bureau of Marijuana Regulation officials decided to allow a number of unlicensed provisioning centers to temporarily reopen, and to allow provisioning centers to purchase marijuana from caregivers and sell it untested until March 31. Regulators were responding to a medical marijuana shortage in the state.

Published: January 22, 2019

MLive
https://www.bridgemi.com/public-sector/whitmer-administration-changing-tone-around-michigan-marijuana-regulation
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Bridge

As Michigan moves toward legal sale of recreational marijuana in 2020, new developments in pot regulation only reinforce expectation the industry will find a more sympathetic ear in Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The most obvious evidence is her backing of Proposal 1, which state voters approved in November to legalize recreational weed. But Whitmer has now weighed in on the regulatory mess surrounding medical marijuana, successfully pushing last week to reopen 70 shuttered dispensaries through the end of March while they seek state licenses.

Published: January 22, 2019

Bridge
https://wwmt.com/news/local/michigan-economic-development-corporation-approves-downtown-kalamazoo-tax-capture
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WWMT

Kalamazoo's Downtown Economic Growth Authority (DEGA) received authorization from the Michigan Strategic Fund Tuesday to capture 100 percent of the new school tax revenue generated within the district to go towards public infrastructure improvements. According to the MEDC, the request is limited to $11 million of future tax revenue or a maximum of 15 years. The funds will be used for "infrastructure improvements in the [city's] qualified development area, including mobility improvements, streetscape improvements and public space investment and maintenance." 

Published: January 22, 2019

WWMT
https://wwmt.com/news/local/kalamazoo-city-commission-to-vote-of-2019-budget
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WWMT

Kalamazoo City Commission is expected to approve the 2019 budget. Leaders say infrastructure will see some of the biggest investments in the $181.7 million budget. The 2019 budget includes $43 million in capital projects for roads, sidewalks, water, sewer lines and park upgrades. City leaders say the money will also help them connect more neighborhoods to downtown. A water rate increase is also expected (WWMT). Find the full agenda for the January 22 meeting here. UPDATE: The rescheduled meeting will be held Monday, January 28, at 7pm.

Published: January 22, 2019

WWMT
https://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/2019/01/state-police-investigate-kalamazoo-county-treasurers-accounting-abnormalities.html
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MLive

A Michigan State Police investigation into the Kalamazoo County Treasurer’s office seeks to settle questions about whether the treasurer acted illegally while financing property redevelopment through the foreclosure process. The investigation documents, released to MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette through the Freedom of Information Act show numerous areas of inquiry.  

Published: January 21, 2019

MLive
https://www.michiganadvance.com/2019/01/18/benson-michigans-team-of-female-executives-is-a-win-win/
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MI Advance

As the first Democrat to serve as Michigan Secretary of State in almost 25 years, Jocelyn Benson is also part of a brand-new leadership team in the state. Michigan is the only state in the country with women in top four leadership posts: Benson, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Attorney General Dana Nessel and Chief Justice Bridget McCormack.

"We all are individual experts in our own field," says Benson. "The fact that we are all women is secondary to that, but it is a great symbolic statement for young women all over the state to demonstrate that there are fewer and fewer barriers standing between women and success, showing in all ways... that woman can lead."

Published: January 19, 2019

MI Advance
https://www.bridgemi.com/public-sector/michigan-secretary-state-wants-settle-gerrymandering-lawsuit
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Bridge

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced Thursday she wants to settle a federal lawsuit that challenged the state’s legislative boundaries, a move that could force a redrawing of the state’s political map before the 2020 elections. The redistricting initiative process approved by voters in November, 2018 will not begin until 2021. Benson predicts that the State will fare poorly in a trial, but her pursuit of a settlement is setting up a political battle. 

Published: January 19, 2019

Bridge
https://kalamazoo.novusagenda.com/Agendapublic/
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City

Represent yourself! The Kalamazoo City Commission meets Tuesday, January 22, at 7 pm at City Commission Chambers at City Hall - 241 W. South Street. The meeting is open to the public and includes a public comment period. View or download the agenda and supporting materials at the link, below. Additional City Commission resources and links can be found in the KNM Resources section. 

Published: January 17, 2019

City
https://wwmt.com/news/local/kalamazoo-county-declares-opioids-public-nuisance
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WWMT

The Kalamazoo County Commission signed a document that declared opioids a public nuisance and signed a contract to join a national class-action lawsuit opioid against pharmaceutical companies during the Jan. 15 board meeting. Opioids cost people jobs, tear families apart, and, according to data provided by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, killed 44 people in Kalamazoo County in 2017.

Published: January 16, 2019

WWMT
https://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/2019/01/kalamazoo-school-board-disconnected-from-community-new-member-says.html
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MLive

The school board in Kalamazoo should operate more openly with the community, says one of its newly elected members. Board of Education member-elect Tandy Moore has challenged current members to better communicate with parents and work more publicly on school policy. The board’s communication to the public is more like “marketing” and doesn’t focus enough on challenges facing students and teachers, she said.

Published: January 09, 2019

MLive
https://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/2019/01/kalamazoo-accepts-control-of-state-trunklines-spanning-city.html
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MLive

The city of Kalamazoo controls the destiny of formerly state-owned trunklines that carve through the downtown and neighborhoods. Monday, the City Commission approved a memorandum of understanding with Michigan Department of Transportation that transfers control of sections of Stadium Drive, Westnedge Avenue, Park Street, Michikal Street, King Highway and M-43. It was among four action items approved by the commission to improve safety and accessibility of transportation routes.

Published: January 09, 2019

MLive
http://www.wmuk.org/post/two-democratic-women-julie-rogers-and-tracy-hall-lead-kalamazoo-county-board
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WMUK

Board members elected Democrats Julie Rogers as Chair and Tracy Hall as Vice Chair. Rogers told Commissioners that she wants to see the county build a new court and administration building, join a lawsuit against opioid makers, and examine the fairness of its criminal justice system. Fighting homelessness, improving the county’s environmental practices, supporting building trade apprenticeships through a “responsible bidder” policy and addressing persistent flooding are also on Rogers’ list.

Published: January 09, 2019

WMUK
https://www.woodtv.com/news/michigan/state-loses-key-ruling-in-lawsuit-over-bogus-jobless-fraud/1685488615
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WOOD

A federal appeals court on Thursday says state officials who worked at the department that oversees jobless benefits can be sued. During the Snyder administration, a computer system with no human supervision accused thousands of people of fraud. Tax refunds were seized, and the accused were hit with penalties and fines. They sued, claiming their due process rights were violated, among other allegations.

Published: January 09, 2019

WOOD
http://www.wmuk.org/post/galesburg-rejects-proposed-sale-oil-and-mineral-rights
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WMUK

Galesburg City Council members voted unanimously Monday night to reject the sale of oil and mineral rights in a local park. Savoy Energy based in Traverse City wanted to lease about 22-acres of the park behind city hall.

Published: January 09, 2019

WMUK
https://www.bridgemi.com/public-sector/2019-priorities-lansing-roads-and-schools-no-fault-and-clean-water
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Bridge

The dynamics in the Capitol change this month, as Republicans maintain control of the state House and Senate, but with smaller majorities. Democrats, meanwhile, return to Lansing emboldened after picking up a net five seats in both legislative chambers and sweeping the top statewide offices — most significantly, with new Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. This article surveys the major issues and how each political party is approaching them.

Published: January 03, 2019

Bridge