LANSING – Neglecting to plow snow leads residents to being fined up to $200. With recent snowstorms resulting in almost a foot of snow, Lansing Township residents are not happy with having to have it all cleared in a certain period of time. City of Lansing Operation and Maintenance rules and regulations state, within 24 hours after the snow has fallen, residents must have their sidewalks cleared or will suffer the repercussions of being fined. Lansing property owners are responsible for clearing the sidewalks adjacent to their property in order to keep the community safe and walkable for residents following major snowfalls. Property owners include not only homeowners but business owners, landlords, renters and any other owners of property as well.
By DANIELLE WOODWARD
Capital News Service
LANSING — State lawmakers are drafting legislation to ban physicians from performing abortions on any fetus with a detectable heartbeat. Women wanting an abortion would first have to have an external ultrasound, said Rep Tom Hooker, R-Byron Center, who is developing the legislation. “Generally speaking the heartbeat and brain waves are the best indicator of if the fetus is alive,” Hooker said. “The heartbeat can be measured as early as four weeks into the pregnancy but an external ultrasound would pick it up no earlier than eight weeks along.”
A separate bill would provide for fines of up to $50,000 to up to five years in prison for physicians who violate the ban, Hooker said. Right to Life of Michigan, a nonprofit organization that lobbies against abortion, has been working with Hooker to develop the legislation.