2017

With the Senate scheduled to return for the fall session Sept. 5 and the House on Sept. 6, 2017, topics expected to be addressed include: municipal pension reform, corrections reform, career technical training and streamlining the mental health system; Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law the “Good Jobs” package of legislation (SBs 242 through 244), which would allow a company seeking to relocate in Michigan to collect 100 percent of the state income tax withholdings for new employees for 10 years if it creates a minimum of 3,000 jobs at the average salary level for the local prosperity region; the state employment rate has dropped again; Gov. Snyder vetoed legislation that would phase out the sales tax on used car trade-ins, but there is talk of a possible override attempt on that or the Choose Life license plate he also vetoed; and Snyder signed an executive directive creating a Council on Opioid and Prescription Drug Enforcement (COPE) that will be headed by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley. For more information on these and other legislative issues, click here for the August 2017 Karoub Report.

Michigan Association of Police members are invited to attend the 2nd Annual Michigan Active Assailant Conference (MAAC) Sept. 13-14, 2017 in Troy, Michigan.

The conference will provide firsthand collaborative law enforcement and fire service debriefs of some of the largest active assailant incidents ever including: the recent tragedies in Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Paris, Washington DC, and others. The event is being hosted by Farmington Hills Fire Department, Farmington Hills Police Department, Troy Police Department, Oakland County Tactical Training Consortium (OakTac), and Michigan Rural EMS Network (MiREMS).

Retired Texas Ranger Ramiro Martinez, one of the Austin Police Officers who heroically ascended the University of Texas clock tower in 1966 and confronted the offender during that infamous incident, will be discussing the events of that tragic day.

This conference has been submitted to the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards for use of approved funds, State 911 Committee for use of dispatcher training funds, and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services for 16 hours of approved EMS continuing education.

For more information, click here for the registration form or please call Farmington Hills Fire Department EMS Coordinator Jim Etzin at (248) 871-2807 or e-mail him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All Local Executive Board Members and Local Stewards are encouraged to attend a series of Grievance Seminars being held on Thursdays and Fridays at the MAP Office. The Seminars, being conducted by MAP Executive Director Fred Timpner, will provide valuable information on key grievance issues.Seminars on Aug. 24 and Oct. 13, 2017 will focus on contract interpretation. Discipline will be discussed at the Seminars on Sept. 28 and Nov. 17, 2017. Each Seminar begins at 10 a.m. and lunch will be served. Details can be found on the website Calendar.

These Seminars are limited to 12 persons on a first-come basis. Please contact Julie Palmquist at (248) 509-7158, ext. 231 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible to make reservations.

The teacher pension reform bill (SB 401), which will close the current “hybrid” plan in the Michigan Public Schools Employee Retirement System (MPSERS) to new enrollees, has been signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder. "A travesty” is how the Michigan Education Association described the new law; the Senate has put aside four bills (HBs 4416-4419) that would eliminate the need to get a special license to carry a concealed firearm for later review; Snyder vetoed $6.37 million in line items before signing the $56.5 billion spending plan for Fiscal Year 2018; the “Good Jobs” tax package passed the Senate and House; the Department of Environmental Quality is suing the City of Flint in an effort to force the city to remain with the Great Lakes Water Authority, aka Detroit’s water system;  former Supreme Court Chief Justice Bob Young, Jr. announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat held by Debbie Stabenow (D-Delta Township) and Saginaw’s Dr. Jim Hines is seeking the Republican nomination for Governor in 2018. These issues and many more are discussed in the July 2017 Karoub Report.

Michigan Association of Police (MAP) members are encouraged to attend a fundraising event for Wounded Warrior Project and Spartan Warrior Project at the Breslin Center at Michigan State University.

Michigan Community Project is hosting yoga Instructor Dan Nevins, a bilateral lower extremity amputee from the war in Iraq, as a guest speaker at Yoga at the Breslin on July 22, 2017. Nevin's inspiring message will be of interest to police and firefighters. He has been highlighted on national TV, commercials for Wounded Warrior, and even a subject of former President George W. Bush’s painting.

Nevins will be joined by local community yoga leaders to provide meditation and yoga. This event is open to the public and accessible to both yogis and non-yogis alike. Wheelchair and chair yoga will be available to those unable to practice on a mat.

Even if you are not interested in doing “yoga,” attendees can buy tickets to hear Nevin's speak.

Gates and registration open at 12:30 p.m. Local vendors and businesses will be located in the concourse highlighting the Greater Lansing community. The speaking engagement will commence at 2 p.m. followed by a 60-minute meditation and yoga practice. General Admission ticket includes admission to Breslin Center, speaking engagement and yoga practice for $30. Seating Only ticket includes admission to Breslin Center and a seat to listen to speaking engagement and view the meditation and yoga practice for $10.

Proceeds benefit Michigan Community Project, Wounded Warrior Project and Spartan Warrior Project to promote & provide yoga and meditation throughout Michigan.

Click here for more event information.

For more information on Dan Nevins, please visit www.dannevins.com. For more information on Wounded Warrior Project, please visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org