State Rep. Lana Theis, of Brighton, chair of the House Insurance Committee, issued a statement expressing her disappointment in the House voting down House Bill 5013“I am extremely disappointed that House Bill 5013, which makes much-needed changes to the current auto no-fault insurance system, fell short in the House.“I do not understand why some of my colleagues voted against no-fault reform which 80 percent of drivers across the state said was needed, and would have given drivers hundreds of dollars in premium savings. The very same people they represent – the people living paycheck to paycheck, facing financial hardships due to out-of-control insurance rates – will continue to be hurt by this broken system.“It remains clear just how much special interest groups politicize this very important issue. They profit off the status quo, make a quick buck and pretend like they have the interest of people in mind.“Hard-working families will have to continue to choose between putting food on the table or driving illegally, ensuring Michigan’s uninsured driver rate will continue to climb and ensuring all drivers across Michigan will continue to see their auto insurance premiums rise.“It’s been over 40 years, and still, nothing has been done to change a system that only benefits big players such as hospitals, trial lawyers and other well-funded special interest groups. It’s obvious, once again, nothing has changed in Lansing on this particular issue.“This legislation was never going to take away the unlimited personal injury protection coverage from anyone. It was simply giving drivers a choice – a choice they’ve never been able to make.“I want to thank all my colleagues who voted ‘yes’ on this measure – all of who had the same desire to deliver real, viable rate relief to their residents across the state.“With this legislation falling short, here’s what will happen:“Hospitals will continue to charge more for auto accident patients, trial lawyers will continue to make lavish livings off court cases, courtrooms will continue to be clogged, unlimited health care coverage will continue to be mandated and most importantly, auto insurance rates will only continue to go up.” Categories: Theis News 06Nov Statement from Rep. Theis on auto insurance reform legislation falling short
State Rep. Julie Alexander announced her monthly in-district office hours with local residents, emphasizing the importance of being available to the community.“I am committed to making state government accessible and accountable,” Rep. Alexander said. “I encourage anyone with questions or ideas about their state government to join me for conversation.”Rep. Alexander’s office hours will take place at the Jackson County Tower Building, 120 W. Michigan Ave. in Jackson at the following dates and times:Friday, May 11 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.;Monday, May 14 from 3 to 4 p.m.;Friday, May 18 from 12 to 1 p.m.; andFriday, May 25 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.Rep. Alexander will also sponsor a special Milk Break meeting at Napoleon Café, 6816 Brooklyn Road in Napoleon on Friday, May 25 from 9 to 10 a.m.No appointments are necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Alexander at 517-373-1795 or via email at [email protected] Categories: Alexander News 27Apr Rep. Alexander announces May office hours
05Jun Legislature files suit challenging AG’s opinion on petition initiative law Rep. Lower: Nessel, Benson can’t pick and choose which laws to enforceState Rep. Jim Lower today announced the Michigan House and Senate have filed two lawsuits against Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson for refusing to follow the 2018 petition initiate law that the attorney general erroneously declared to be unconstitutional.Lower praised the decision by House Speaker Lee Chatfield and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey to seek judicial clarification and enforcement of current law, saying he wholeheartedly disagrees with Attorney General Dana Nessel’s predetermined interpretation of the law.“Nothing about this law is unconstitutional,” said Lower, of Greenville. “The attorney general and secretary of state are grasping at straws in an attempt to circumvent the requirements of a duly enacted law. They don’t get to pick and choose which laws to enforce based on personal preference. Their role is to follow and enforce the laws that are on the books.”Lower said he sponsored the plan, which later became Public Act 608 of 2018, to improve the integrity of Michigan’s petition initiative process, increase transparency and ensure widespread input from people throughout the state.“In the past, out-of-state special interests have come into Michigan and unfairly influenced our elections process,” Lower said. “Our solution ensures that all Michigan voters – from Marquette to Grand Rapids to Detroit, and everywhere in between – are given a voice in the petition initiative process.”Protections laid out in PA 608 of 2018 include:Requiring that not more than 15 percent of certified signatures come from any one congressional district.Requiring initiative campaigns to provide a short summary at the top of their petitions.Requiring circulators to prominently display their paid or volunteer status.Making absolutely clear that if a petition circulator deceives people or provides fraudulent information, the signatures they collect must be invalidated.“The Michigan Constitution gives the Legislature the authority to enact voting laws and ensure the integrity of the democratic process,” Lower said. “The court should reject the attorney general’s opinion and instruct the secretary of state to do her duty by enforcing the law.”### Categories: Lower News
France’s sports rights market grew by 25% between 2011 and 2016, reaching €1.45 billion at the end of last year, according to a study by media regulator the CSA.Growth was driven primarily by an increase of the value of rights for international markets, according to the regulator. Of the €1.45 billion, 80% was captured by football, with rugby taking close to 10% and other sports sharing the remainder, according to the CSA’s report, Sport et Télévision: Contributions Croisées.The value of international rights grew by 82% between 2011-16 to reach €525 million, while the value of rights in the domestic market grew by only 7% to reach €929 million.The report cited the figure of €727 a year for the value of Ligue 1 football rights for the seasons from 2016-20, up the €607 million a year secured for the 2012-16 period. This however represented a decline from the €668 million a year taken between 2008-12.France’s Top 14 rugby competition, by comparison will secure revenues of €97 million a year for the 2019-23 period, up from €74 million for 2015-19. The global value of the Euro football championship for 2016 was €947 million.Growth in the overall value of rights was accompanied by growth in the number of hours of sports coverage transmitted and the number of sports disciplines aired on TV. According to the CSA, the number of hours aired more than doubled between 2010-16 to reach 212,000 hours last year. The number of disciplines covered jumped from 21 in 2010 to 31 in 2016. At the same time, the number of hours of coverage of women’s sports more than doubled between 2012-16.According to the report, 25 pay TV channels and 12 free-to-air channels offered sports content by the end of 2016, up from 21 and nine respectively in 2010.