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Bill would require parental OK for juvenile informants in criminal investigations

Law enforcement agencies would need parental or guardian approval to use juvenile informants in criminal investigations under a new legislative proposal. The bill by Rep. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) would prohibit police agencies from using under-18 informants without such permission. It also would give parents and guardians the right to a court order to stop a violation. ...

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Lawmakers weigh standards to evaluate teachers and administrators

Local teachers and administrators would soon be evaluated using statewide standards under recently proposed legislation. The legislation sponsored by Reps. Margaret O’Brien (R-Portage) and Adam Zemke (D-Ann Arbor) looks at teacher and administrator performance through tests and evaluations developed by the Michigan Council for Educator Effectiveness. ...

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Legislation introduced to update Voting Rights Act

A bipartisan, bicameral group of congressional lawmakers has introduced legislation to update the Voting Rights Act, one of the central victories in the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) and Congressman John Conyers (D-Mich.) recently introduced H.R.3899, the Voting Rights Amendment Act, in the House. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) ...

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