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Term limits supporters submit over 1500 signatures to Walker City Clerk


Walker Citizens for Municipal Term Limits submitted over 1,500 petition signatures in favor of the Walker City Commission Term Limit Initiative on Thursday. The proposed amendment to the Walker city charter will place term limits on the Walker City Commission and Mayor. Once the signatures are verified, the amendment will be placed before voters on the November 2016 ballot.  The citizens group collected nearly 100% more signatures than legally required.

“I have always considered term limits for government officials a good idea. I was inspired to take action in my community after Rina Baker and Bonnie Burke brought the question to Grand Rapids voters in 2014. After watching their measure pass I realized I could do the same in Walker,” said Bruce de Wit.

“After gathering 500 signatures personally, I realized this idea is even more popular than I had originally expected. Clearly the citizens of Walker want term limits. After hearing many stories from people signing the petition I am even more convinced term limits are what we need.”

The Walker City Clerk will now verify the signatures, and then the city commission needs to approve the ballot language. “Term Limits for the Walker City Commission and Mayor” is expected to be on the ballot in November.
More information is available at walkertermlimits.org.reason.”

 

Gov. Snyder creates commission to help curb prescription drug/opioid abuse



To help reduce the opioid epidemic in Michigan and ensure the health and safety of Michigan residents, Gov. Rick Snyder has created the Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Commission.

The commission, created through Executive Order No. 2016-15, will include state and independent health experts, and be responsible for monitoring indicators of controlled substance abuse and diversion, and also make recommendations to the governor for actions involving licensing, law enforcement, substance abuse treatment and prevention, education, professional associations and pharmaceutical manufacturers.
An advisory board in the Executive Office, the commission will review last fall’s recommendations of the Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Task Force, and develop and propose policies and an implementation plan. Chaired by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, the task force examined trends, evaluated strategic options and developed an action plan. One recommendation was creating this commission.

The 17-member commission will include individuals from the medical, psychological, dentistry, pharmaceutical, and veterinary industries, law enforcement, hospice, substance abuse providers, sufferers of chronic pain and the general public.

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