Proposal to ban conversion therapy in Michigan

A new proposal is making it’s way through the Capitol this week that aims to make Michigan a more accepting place. Two Democrats, State Senator Mallory McMurrow and State Representative Yousef Rabhi, have proposed a ban on conversion therapy in the state. Conversion therapy is the process of trying to convert homosexual or bisexual people to heterosexual. The bill wants to prevent mental health professionals from using this type of therapy on minors. “I think it would be affirming in saying that you don’t need to change this identify, this isn’t something you need to fix rather this is a real and legitimate identity,” Nick Royal, MSU LBGT Resource Center coordinator, said.

Court ruling gives Michigan’s Medicaid work requirements an uncertain future

By ZARIA PHILLIPS
Capital News Service

LANSING — A U.S. district judge’s ruling that work requirements for Medicaid recipients should not have been approved in Kentucky and Arkansas could lead to a similar ruling in Michigan, say critics of the requirements lawmakers approved last year. Judge James Boasberg in Washington, D.C., recently ruled work requirements to receive Medicaid in Kentucky and Arkansas are “arbitrary and capricious.”  That may also affect states with similar laws, according to Families USA, a nonprofit health care organization. Michigan is one of those. Republican lawmakers pursued work requirements for Medicaid recipients enrolled in the Healthy Michigan Plan last year, said Alex Rossman, the communications director for the Michigan League for Public Policy. They take effect next year.

Michigan lawmakers go forward on snow day forgiveness bill

A plan to help Michigan school districts with snow day forgiveness is moving through the legislature. The House Education Committee approved a bill this week to forgive the snow days when Michigan was under a state of emergency from Jan. 29-31. However, it’s not getting complete support. This bill does not give hourly school employees the pay they missed during those days .

Elissa Slotkin opens congressional office in Lansing

After six weeks in her Congressional Office in D.C., Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin booked a trip home. Slotkin invited the community to join her in Lansing where she opened a Michigan congressional office. She stresses the approach of radical listening and an open door policy within the community. She said it’s about people, relationships and knowing who represents you. “You have to be present, you have to be in the community, people have to know where you are,” she said.

Watch Focal Point: CMU sexual assault goes to trial, campus robberies continue, Michigan native wins an Oscar, and more.

On this edition of Focal Point, get an overview of a CMU sexual assault going to trial, campus robberies continue in a dorm and in the Eppley Center, and a Michigan native wins an Oscar. In sports, MSU men’s basketball won against Michigan and a high school wrestler shows what true sportsmanship is like. Those stories and more this week on Focal Point.

Watch Focal Point: Text 911, the Polar Plunge came to Lansing, sorority delivers flowers on Valentine’s Day, and more.

On this edition of Focal Point, get an overview of why people took a cold plunge to raise funds for the Special Olympics. A sorority on campus made special deliveries for Valentines Day, and Lansing joins 49 other counties in Michigan in the text 911 service, allowing people to contact 911 via text if they are unable to call. In sports, MSU men’s basketball defeats Wisconsin, while the women’s team falls behind. Those stories and more this week on Focal Point.