Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Both Farmington area legislators supported bills that make theft of retail merchandise with the intent or purpose of reselling the products a felony.
Wednesday, January 2
Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation establishing the Organized Retail Crime Act to protect consumers by cracking down on the increasing prevalence of retail fraud. Both State Rep. Vicki Barnett and Sen. Vincent Gregory, who represent Farmington and Farmington Hills, voted in favor of House Bills 5843 and 5902, sponsored by state Dist. 51 State Rep. Joe Graves (R-Argentine Township), which would make it a felony punishable by up to five years' imprisonment if a person is found guilty of knowingly committing organized retail crime. This includes the theft of retail merchandise with the intent or purpose of reselling, distributing, or transferring the stolen retail merchandise to another retail merchant or to any other person personally, …
Monday, December 10, 2012
Legislation passed last week in the Michigan House and Senate could reach Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature by Tuesday. Leave a comment or upload a photo if you participate in related demonstrations.
Demonstrators took to the Capitol steps Monday in Lansing to sound off on right-to-work legislation that is poised to become law after Gov. Rick Snyder did an abrupt about-face on the issue last week and a series of related bills passed in the House and Senate. Larger protests are expected Tuesday when the legislation could reach Snyder's desk for his signature. Patch will be live-blogging from Lansing as the situation develops, and Farmington-Farmington Hills Patch blogger Dick Jaeger is planning to attend and write about the event. [Are you participating in the demonstrations? Leave a comment, upload a photo or e-mail Huntington Woods-Berkley Patch editor Leslie Ellis!] Read on for a description of each bill and to find out how …
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
State law changes would allow entrepreneurs to collect unemployment benefits while building a business.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
During a press conference at the Southfield Public Library today, State Senators Vincent Gregory (D-14th District) and Virgil Smith (D-4th District) and U.S. Rep. Gary Peters (D-9th Congressional) discussed their collaborative efforts to help unemployed entrepreneurs through Self-Employment Assistance. Gregory and Smith have introduced bills to allow out-of-work Michiganders to collect unemployment insurance benefits while working toward the launch of a new small business. Starting a new business is a full time job in itself and providing the incentive would help spur new economic development opportunities and create new jobs, the lawmakers say. In Congress, Peters helped write the STARTUP Act and pass key provisions into law that provide …
Monday, April 16, 2012
Farmington officials may vote tonight on an agreement to contract with dispatch services with the City of Farmington Hills.
A big vote is expected at tonight's Farmington City Council meeting. Here's what else you should know today: The National Weather Service predicts another rainy, windy day with a high around 71 and wind gusts between 21 and 28 miles per hour. Expect a low tonight around 36, with a continuing chance of showers before 10 p.m. Both Rep. Vicki Barnett (D-37th District) and Sen. Vincent Gregory (D-14th District) will meet with constituents today. At 9:30 a.m., Barnett hosts a town hall on tax changes for adults age 50 and older at the Costick Center. She will be joined by an expert panel from the Accounting Aid Society and the Municipal Employees' Retirement System. At 10 a.m., Gregory will talk about state and community issues —including the …
Thursday, February 9, 2012
State Sen. Vincent Gregory and State Rep. Vicki Barnett hold coffee hours this week.
Did you know you'll have two opportunities to meet with your Lansing representatives in the next few days? Find out when and where: The National Weather Service predicts sunshine all day today, with a high around 40 and winds gusting to 20 miles per hour. The wind dies down tonight, as the temperature drops to around 25. Culinary students at Oakland Community College Orchard Ridge serve up a 4-course gourmet lunch today, for just $15. Reservations are required, call 248-522-3700. Visit oaklandcc.edu/Culinary/ to learn more about the restaurant. Democratic State Sen. Vincent Gregory (D-Southfield), who represents Farmington and Farmington Hills in the 14th District, and State Rep. Ellen Cogen Lipton (D-Huntington Woods) invite their …