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State to develop online voter registration under new laws

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan residents will be able to use the internet to register to vote under laws signed by Gov. Rick Snyder.

The measures enacted Thursday require the state to develop an interface so voter registration applications can be submitted on the secretary of state's website. The system will be off limits to people without a valid driver's license or state identification card or those who submit a change of address within the previous 10 days.

People wishing to register to vote currently must complete a form by hand and mail or deliver it to their local clerk.

About 95 percent of Michigan's voting-age population is registered to vote.


Economic forecast calls for continued job growth

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — University of Michigan economists say the state's economy is on the brink of the longest period of job growth since the World War II era.

The Ann Arbor school's economists released their annual analysis of Michigan's economy Friday, noting that the state has seen nine years of uninterrupted job growth.

Despite some slowing in job growth, the forecast for the next two years looks positive. It's from economists Gabriel Ehrlich, George Fulton, Donald Grimes and Michael McWilliams as well as researcher Jacob Burton.

Ehrlich, director of the school's Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics , notes "mixed news is that job growth is slowing down as the labor market tightens."

The 2019-20 forecast for Michigan sees steady but muted job growth, low unemployment, tame inflation and an economy that continues to diversify.


Wayne State University Law School: Special Education Law 101

Special Education Law 101 is a free workshop for parents, guardians and other caregivers of children with disabilities. It will be presented from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Chaney Branch of the Detroit Public Library, 16101 Grand River in Detroit by the Disability Law Clinic at Wayne State University Law School. The workshop is designed to help parents, guardians and other caregivers of children with disabilities understand and protect their children’s rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Topics addressed will include evaluation and eligibility; special education and related services; free appropriate public education; least restrictive environment; individualized education plans; and complaints, due process hearings and other procedural safeguards. The workshop is free to attend and advance registration is requested but not required. Register at dlc@wayne.edu.

For more information or to request reasonable accommodations, contact the Wayne Law Disability Law Clinic at (313) 577-4015 or dlc@wayne.edu.


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