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College Millage Renewals Pass: Congratulations to Washtenaw Community College and Mott Community College, both of whom succeeded in passing millage renewals during last week's election. Elsewhere around the state, primary elections in both Congressional and State House races set the stage for the November general election, with the primary winners all but guaranteed victory in many cases. Neither of Michigan's two US Senators nor any of the State Senators are up for election in 2016. 

 

Hearing on Second Chance Pell: On August 3, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Corrections heard testimony about Michigan's role in the pilot program allowing use of Pell grants to educate prisoners. Jackson College, Mott Community College, and Delta College were all selected to participate, with Jackson in particular taking a lead role due to their lengthy prior experience with prisoner education. In addition, officials from the Michigan Department of Corrections, Cascade Industries, and Calvin College talked about other education and employment initiatives to promote successful prisoner re-entry.

 

Legislative Session Schedule: As expected, neither the House of Representatives nor the Senate took any votes on their August 3 session date. Both chambers are schedule to meet again the first full week of September.

 
 
 

 

HELPFUL LINKS

Michigan Legislature’s website (bill tracking and committee meetings)

Michigan House of Representatives

Michigan Senate

Community College Legal Authority (Michigan Constitution)

Community College Act of 1966

 

For the map of the community college districts, click here.

 

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