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Bill creating statewide mental health hotline in Michigan signed into law

January 27, 2020

Some states, including Georgia, have put similar programs in place, and the federal government is also working to improve resources for those in need of immediate mental health services.

Once installed, operators could connect callers with local care providers and resources, including up-to-date availability of psychiatric and substance abuse services.

Read more at mLive.com


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Confused about the new no-fault auto insurance law?

January 23, 2020

A study of 1,005 Michigan drivers found that 53% of insured drivers have just “heard of it” or are “not at all familiar” with the no-fault auto insurance law that goes into effect after July 1.

“The law is complex, regarding personal injury protections,” said Ruthanne Sudderth, senior vice president of public affairs and communications at Michigan Health & Hospital Association, which commissioned the study ahead of a public education campaign it plans to launch in the spring.

Read more at Lansing State Journal


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Michigan State Police launches criminal investigation after possible flawed breathalyzer test results

January 13, 2020

Michigan State Police launches criminal investigation after possible flawed breathalyzer test results

In a letter written to police and prosecutors statewide, state police officials warned law enforcement agencies about “performance-related issues” with the Datamaster DMT breathalyzer devices, according to The Detroit News. Such issues could affect drunken driving cases.

Read more at WXYZ Detroit


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Michigan Supreme Court gives green light to phones in courts

January 9, 2020

Photos or video, however, are prohibited unless approved by a judge.

The public can now bring electronic devices into courtrooms to take notes, use the internet or exchange email and text messages.

Read more at WZZM13


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