2013

2013 Carl Parsell Scholarship Winners

 

TREVOR WOODS

Trevor is the son of Trenton Police Officer and MAP member Randy Woods and Mom Noelle Woods. Trevor graduated from Trenton High School this month and will be attending Ferris State University in the fall to begin his studies for an intended major in Criminal Justice. During high school, Trevor participated in football, baseball, and track, and was an elected member of the Anti-Bullying Committee. Trevor also belonged to the Spanish Club. Trevor participated in “Victory Day”, which helps special needs kids play football. He also volunteered for a youth football camp, and works at Amigo’s Mexican Restaurant. By receiving this scholarship, Trevor will be better able to concentrate on his classes and attain good academic grades.

ANDREW BURMEISTER

Andrew is the son of MAP member and St Clair Shores Police Officer David Burmeister and mom Denise Burmeister, graduated from Dakota High School in Macomb Michigan with a 3.72 GPA. He developed his leadership skills as Captain of the Varsity Basketball All Academic Team. Andrew has also been involved with the National Honor Society, football, and track teams. He works for Jet’s Pizza and also referees in youth basketball leagues. Andrew’s community service activities include being a camp counselor at youth basketball camps, assisting with autistic children, and volunteering for the Humane Society and The Salvation Army. The award of this scholarship will help Andrew towards his eventual goal of earning an MBA in marketing or sports management, and achieving his career goal of becoming a sports agent or working directly for a professional sports team.

 

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Legislative Updates - May 20, 2013

STATE’S FINANCIAL PICTURE ON THE UPSWING

The Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference (CREC) reports that Michigan’s financial picture is improving with $483 million ($397 million for General Fund, $86 million for School Aid Fund) more for FY 2013 than was projected at its conference in Januar

The outlook also appears good for FY 2014 and 2015 as well, although not quite as robust. CREC projects $219 million more in FY ’14 and $244 million more in FY ’15.

Part of the reason for the additional money in FY ’13 is that $265 million of the $483 million was, out of fear that with the federal “fiscal cliff,” investors took gains or income early to avoid paying more in capital gains taxes and federal income taxes that were going to rise this year. With the extra money in hand lawmakers have a plethora of ideas on how to spend it. Most prevalent appears to be for roads, education and the Rainy Day fund.

Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (R-Monroe) calls the surplus “one-time money” and projects $130 million would go to roads to meet the federal match. After that, he sees a spirited debate over putting the remainder into K-12 education, early childhood education, universities,or the rainy day fund.

Some Democrats though have different priorities. They would prefer restoring the income tax exemption on pension income, pre-natal programs, and programs for senior citizens.

SENATE PULLS PLUG ON MEDICAID EXPANSION IN DCH BUDGET

The Senate on Thursday passed the long-delayed Department of Community Health (DCH) budget without the controversial Medicaid expansion – apparently waiting to see what the House Republicans do on their Medicaid reform package (HB 4717) they introduced last week.

Under that legislation, Medicaid would be expanded to those at 133 percent of the poverty level, there would be a four-year cap on receiving medical coverage through the program for nondisabled adults, insured adults could have to contribute 5 percent of their annual income to pay for their health care costs, the state would be required to develop new incentives for healthy behavior and for enrollees who help DCH detect fraud in the system, and the federal government would be required to pay 100 percent of the expansion costs.

For the plan to work, the federal government would have to approve a massive waiver of which there is no guarantee.

If the federal government doesn’t issue a waiver for controversial reforms like the 48-month cap on benefits House Republicans put forth last week, Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (R-Monroe) said Medicaid expansion in Michigan is dead.

The DCH budget bill (SB 0198) cleared the Senate at $15.4 billion on a narrow 20-18 vote.

NO-FAULT REFORM PENDING IN THE FULL HOUSE

On a party-line vote, the House Insurance Committee moved to the House floor legislation (HB 4612) that would cap at $1 million the state’s current unlimited lifetime medical coverage for catastrophically injured car accident victims.

Under the committee approved bill, health benefits currently collected by the catastrophically injured would not be limited and a $50,000 limitation on retrofitting of a house or car was removed from the original bill.

The measure also clarifies that there would be no 16-hour cap on non-relative care provided to victims – either currently or in the future – and 24-hour care would be provide if needed; creates a fraud authority and would try to restrain attempts by medical providers to charge exorbitant rates for care for auto-related injuries.

Although the bill is out of House Insurance committee, its chair, Rep. Pete Lund (R-Shelby Twp.) conceded he expects an uphill climb. Senate Democrats have taken a caucus position to not support the bill and several Republicans are either opposed or yet undecided on how to vote.

Representative Lund, however, is cautiously optimistic that the measure will eventually make it through the House.

BRAKES PUT ON EXPANDED ROAD FUNDING PLAN

Don’t look for an expanded transportation funding package to make it into the lawmakers’ selfimposed June 1 deadline for completing the FY 2014 budget.

Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (R-Monroe) said there will not be a package raising the $1.2 billion Governor Rick Snyder wants or any alternative amount by that date. He says the solution has to be bipartisan and the deadline question can only be held after the next quadrant meeting.

And Democratic lawmakers said this week they have no intention of offering an expanded transportation funding proposal. House Minority Leader Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills) said they are waiting for a “serious plan” from the Governor.

FLANAGAN TAKING “SKUNK WORKS” TO FACEBOOK

Now that State Superintendent Mike Flanagan is in charge of leading Governor Snyder’s call for injecting more technology in the classroom, he is taking what was the secret nature of what was known as the “Skunk Works” project and placing it on Facebook and Twitter for what he calls transparency reasons.

Mr. Flanagan said the process will start with a survey, promoted with Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as a YouTube video with an explanation of the project.

The Michigan Board of Education will be updated at its June meeting. The original “Skunk Works” was ordered disbanded by Governor Rick Snyder who handed the project to Mr. Flanagan.

DEMS CALL FOR GUN CONTROL/MENTAL HEALTH REFORMS

Three House Democrats have introduced a package of five bills that call for universal background checks, assurance and expansion of true gun-free zones, support for mental health care parity and efforts to keep guns away from those convicted of domestic abuse.

Under the gun-free zone legislation libraries would be added along with schools, sports arenas, daycare centers, university classrooms and churches. Current law allows people licensed to carry concealed weapons in these locations.

NRC APPROVES WOLF HUNTING SEASON

The Natural Resources Commission (NRC) has approved regulations for limited wolf hunting in the state. The wolf season will go from November 15 to December 31 of this year in three locations in the Upper Peninsula. The NRC action came just a day after Governor Rick Snyder signed into law legislation (SB 0288) giving the (NRC) the responsibility to establish managed open season hunts for wild game and authority to regulate the taking of fish as well as place wolves on the endangered species list has been signed into law by Governor Rick Snyder.

INVESTIGATING USING SOCIAL MEDIA and
THE INTERNET

April 10, 2013

Mason, Michigan (near Lansing)                    

MCOLES 302 Approval Pending

21st Century crime has changed from face to face interaction to cyberspace thugs, robbers, covert hacks, discreet money laundering and basic identity theft. A basic understanding of social media sites commonly used by criminals can equip law enforcement investigators with tools to investigate, gather intelligence and successfully prosecute offenders and track down wanted persons. This course will educate participants on the trends, styles, methods and identifiers used by criminals and provide training on the use of social networking to investigate, gather intelligence, locate and prosecute wanted persons. By use of videos, pictures, animations and accounts of events that have occurred, the instructor will show how social media sites have affected and changed our society and forced law enforcement to use new methods and tools.

Training will include:
• Introduction to Social Networking and Media
• Psychology of social networking users
• Criminals and social media
• Active social media investigations techniques
• Utilizing free web services to enhance investigations
• Maintaining covert accounts

INSTRUCTOR: Detective Gerry Hyder is an 11 year veteran of the Metro Nashville Police Department in Tennessee. In 2005 he took a position as a Detective in the Intelligence/Gang unit. Detective Hyder is also the vice-president of the Middle Region for the TNGIA (Tennessee Gang Investigators Association). Det. Hyder lectures across Tennessee and surrounding states regarding Street Gangs, Hybrid Gangs, Youth in the Street culture, Using MySpace and Social Network Sites for Law Enforcement. Det. Hyder instructs recruits at the Metro Nashville Police Academy and teaches classes at Vanderbilt University and TLETA (Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy).

TARGET AUDIENCE: All members of the criminal justice community (sworn or non-sworn), Attorneys, Paralegals, and Insurance Investigators. Students do not need to bring a laptop but it is permitted.

LOCATION: Ingham County Sheriffs Office 630 North Cedar Street Mason, Michigan 48854

COST: $195.00 per person

REGISTRATION: www.regonline.com/InvestigatingUsingSocialMedia-Mason MI-041013  Please follow the page prompts for quick, easy registration and confirmation. Please note that you MUST register ONLINE (if you have difficulty, call us at 850-251-1223)

PAYMENT OPTIONS: Check made payable to: TRAINING FORCE USA 1315 Dillard Street Tallahassee, FL 32308 Purchase Order, Credit Card payment made online at www.regonline.com/InvestigatingUsingSocialMedia-MasonMI-041013

CANCELLATIONS AND SUBSTITUTIONS: Upon submission of this registration, participants are responsible for payment. Please note that if you do not attend, you are still responsible for payment. Substitutions may be made at any time by phone, e-mail or online at the registration site.

QUESTIONS: Claude A. Pichard, Training Force USA Phone: 850-251-1223 E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Website: www.trainingforceusa.com

January 18, 2013

Karoub Associates: Government Affairs

ROAD FUNDING FACING A BUMPY RIDE?
Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Roger Kahn (R-Saginaw) who is the legislature's point person on road funding, says his goal is to have a $1 billion infrastructure package in place by March 7 so lawmakers can the place an alternative funding mechanism to repair the roads before voters on the May ballot.

Senator Kahn wants to place a one-penny sales tax hike earmarked for roads on the statewide ballot. If the voters were to adopt that, then the proposed, and potentially approved registration and gas tax increase put forth by Gov. Rick Snyder to raise $1.2 billion would go away.

The approach is similar to the Proposal A-type strategy used by former Gov. John Engler to sell property tax relief back in the 1990s.

However, Senator Kahn acknowledged that the in-will left over from the raucous Right to Work needs to be resolved with Democrats, and soon, if his self-imposed March 7 deadline is to be met.

And right now an is not well with the Democrats and even some Republicans on the transportation infrastructure issues.

House Minority Leader Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills) believes some funding can be found within the state budget. He also suggested corporations pay a higher rate and higher vehicle registration fees for more expensive cars.

Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing) would only go so far as to say the issue deserves "a fun and fair debate."

On the Republican side, Rep. Pete Lund (R-Shelby Twp.) said he doesn't see himself voting for it if the extra revenue simply comes from a gas tax increase.

Rep. Joe Hune (R-Hamburg) said his preference is to find the money within the budget.

CREC: TOUGH '14 BUDGET OUTLOOK
The Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference (CREC) is projecting a small surplus of around $125 million in the state's General Fund (GF) for the FY 2014 budget but a flat School Aid Fund (SAP).

However, that forecast could change depending on whether the federal government unloads some of it deficit on the states and the courts reject the state's new teacher retirement changes.

What this means is that Gov. Rick Snyder is likely to present a bare-bones budget to the Legislature when he make his recommendations on Feb. 7. The slim surplus is a result ofa $200 million surplus for the close of FY 2012 with department lapses of some $90 million, according to Budget Director John Nixon.

Economists at the University of Michigan's Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics (RSQE) predicted the state's unemployment rate would drop to 6.9 percent by the end of2015 with the rate forecasted to be 8.3 percent by the end 2013. Currently, the unemployment rate stands at 8.9 percent.

HATHAWAY TO LEAVE HIGH COURT
The attorney for Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway has informed the high court she will step down Jan.21.

The announcement came on the heels of a 19-page six-count complaint filed by the Judicial Tenure Commission (JTC) against Justice Hathaway and who is accused, along with her husband, of transferring a pair of homes to their children in a manner that would allow the couple to qualify for a short-sale on a Grosse Pointe property to save some $600,000 and then gifted the properties back to them by their children.

The complaint alleges fraud, money laundering, tax violations and misrepresenting facts to the JTC.

Hathaway's departure will give Gov. Rick Snyder an appointment to the Michigan Supreme Court and likely raise the GOP-nominated majority on the court to 5-2 from the current 4-3.

JUDGE RULES ON MCCA
Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Clinton Canady III has ruled that Michigan residents have "a right to know" how the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA) comes up with the mandatory fee it puts on an car insurance bills. The fee is currently $175 a year per vehicle.

In his order, Canady ruled the information that should be disclosed includes the amount of money in MCCA reserves, the number of claimants, administrative costs and specific accounting for increases and decreases in annual rate charges.

Under the state's no-fault auto insurance system, MCCA reimburses insurers for losses over $500,000 in situations where individuals have been seriously injured in accidents.

DOMESTIC PARTNER BENEFITS POLICY UPHELD
The Michigan Civil Service Commission's (MCSC) 2011 decision to extend health benefits to some eligible, unrelated co-residents of state employees, including same-sex partners has been ruled constitutional by the Court of Appeals (COA).

In a 2-1 ruling, the COA wrote, "There is no absolute prohibition against same-sex domestic partners receiving benefits through their relationship with an employee so long as that receipt is not based on the employer's recognition of that relationship as a 'marriage or similar union.;'"

Attorney General Bill Schuette says he win appeal the ruling.

WHITMER FOR GOVERNOR?
Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing) says she will make a decision on whether she will run for governor in 2014 by this April ... a more narrow timeline that the one she gave last month when she pledged a decision within the first half of 2013.

HILLEGONDS TO CHAIR NEW REGIONAL TRANSIT AUTHORITY
Former House Speaker Paul Hillegonds has been tapped by Gov. Rick Snyder to chair the newly established Regional Transit Authority. The authority was established last year to coordinate bus lines in metro Detroit.

HORSE RACING BILL DOESN'T FINISH
Gov. Rick Snyder pocket-vetoed House Bill 5546 which would have allowed gambling on previously recorded races citing possible violation of at least one tribal compact and questioning whether the legislation was constitutional under Prop. 1 of 2004 which requires a local and statewide vote in communities interested in expanded gambling.

SNYDER SETS SPECIAL ELECTION DATE
May 7 is the date set for a special election to replace former Sen. John Gleason (D-Flushing) who has accepted a position as Genesee County Clerk.

A primary election would be held March 12 if necessary.

AG COMMISSION ELECTS NEW CHAIRMAN.
Bob Kennedy, vice president of operations and general manager of Auburn Bean and Grain Company in Auburn, has been elected chair of the Commission on Agriculture and Rural Development. He replaces Valmar Green whose appointment expired earlier this month. Kennedy has been on the commission since January 2011.

Gov. Rick Snyder appointed Fred Walcott of Allendale to replace Green on the commission.