On this edition of Focal Point, New Zealand mourns deaths from the mass shooting, we touch on a new bill that enforces stricter driving laws. Also, get an overview of the college admissions scandal that involves Hollywood actors and actresses. In sports, we take you to the Big Ten Tournament in Chicago, and Cassius Winston got Big Ten Player of the Year. In entertainment, a Dansville native auditioned for a national singing competition.
Starting this month, new legislation in Michigan will more than double the penalty for heinous crimes involving animals. “We do have a lot of cases where an animal is either strangled to the point of defecating on itself or passing out or severely maned so their ears are cut, or they’re beaten with a bat… maybe tied up by their leash,” said Ingham County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Nattalie Macomber.
Since 1940, men have been required to register in the selective service. For women, it’s different. Back in 2016, the Senate approved a bill that would require women to register for the draft if they turned 18 on or after January 1st, 2018.
Last week Governor Gretchen Whitmer proposed a 45 cent fuel tax increase to improve Michigan roads. The tax increase is to generate 2.5 billion a year in revenue. However, many believe the gas tax would do more harm then good. Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey said the gas tax would be too much for the Michigan economy.
“There is no disputing for needing the investment in roads.