News Update For Wednesday, 5/16/12

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Great Lakes Radio Marquette - Upper Peninsula News

A public hearing is scheduled at 6 p.m. this evening in the Marquette
City Hall Commission Chambers. This hearing is intended to provide
residents of Marquette with an opportunity to comment on the contents of
the proposed new charter before it is sent to the State for review. The
state will have 90 days to review the proposed draft. After the State
approves the draft the proposed charter will be placed on the November
6, 2012 ballot. Prior to the vote in November there will be a period of
approximately two months during which the citizens of Marquette will
have the opportunity to review and discuss the proposed new city
charter. A draft of the proposed new city charter is available for
review on the City’s website www.mqtcty.org Hard copies of the charter
may also be reviewed in the City Clerk’s office at the City Hall and
at Peter White Public Library.

The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees voted 6-2 in favor of
officially seating David Haynes as the university’s interim president
at a special meeting yesterday afternoon. Terms of the contract,
including salary and duration, were not part of the motion. They will be
made public and voted upon at the board’s next regularly scheduled
meeting on Thursday, July 12. Trustees Stephen Adamini and Gilbert
Ziegler cast the two dissenting votes. Both stressed the need for more
deliberation. Trustees Stephen Gulis Jr. and Garn Lewis countered that
the board would be doing a disservice if it did not quickly name someone
to provide leadership on key initiatives already in progress. In one
other action item, trustees unanimously approved the resignation of Les
Wong, who has accepted the presidency of San Francisco State University.

Welfare recipients in Michigan may soon have to undergo drug tests. A
state house committee Tuesday gave its approval to a bill that could
require adults in families receiving welfare benefits to submit to drug
tests to continue those benefits. The legislation was reported out on a
near party-line vote. It would create a one-year pilot program in three
counties where all new applicants and people seeking to renew benefits
could be required to take a drug test, at their own expense, if the
caseworker has reasonable suspicion the person is taking drugs. After
the pilot, the program would be expanded statewide. The
Republican-controlled committee rejected a series of Democratic
amendments, including one that would have allowed benefits to continue
if the recipient entered a drug treatment program.

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