September 23, 2016 Budget

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SHAREROAD: Passing motorists would have to give a five-foot berth to bicyclists under proposed legislation that also requires harsher penalties for causing accidents that injure or kill cyclists. We talk to a Traverse City bicycle shop owner and the manager of another one, a state representative from Portage and the secretary of state’s office. By Alexander Smith. FOR TRAVERSE CITY AND ALL POINTS.

SAMARITAN: Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to sign into law this week a bill that would prohibit criminal prosecution of people who report overdoses of illegal prescription drugs. We talk to a state representative from Stevensville, a Michigan State Police sergeant and the mother of a 16-year-old from Watervliet who died of an overdose because his friends were afraid to call for  help. By Ray Wilbur. FOR ALL POINTS

PARENTALALIENATION: Courts would have to assume that joint custody is in the best interests of children of divorced parents under proposed legislation. We talk to a Traverse City judge, a Grandville family practice attorney, state representatives from White Lake, Harrison Township and Muskegon, and the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence. By Karen Hopper Usher. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS JOURNAL, TRAVERSE CITY RECORD EAGLE, LEELANAU ENTERPRISE AND ALL POINTS

RECYCLING: Emmet County wins recognition for its recycling program and is continuing to expand on its current offerings. Other municipalities are looking at Emmet County’s best practices to develop programs of their own but some believe that what Emmet is doing won’t work for them. Recyclers, however, say the key to a successful program is to start somewhere and continue to refine the process. By Bridget Bush. FOR PETOSKEY NEWS REVIEW AND HARBOR LIGHT, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS JOURNAL AND ALL POINTS

MDOTFUNDS: Michigan seniors will benefit from a $1 million federal grant for non-emergency medical transportation. This will help them get to health appointments and other places on their own, increasing their independence. We talk to the Michigan Department of Transportation and an Ottawa County senior transport coordinator.  By Anthony Harvey. FOR ALL POINTS

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