Truth be told, there aren’t many things to be happy about from Lansing this year.
We have budgets that include unbelievable payola to the political patronage players, unsustainable liabilities, and new taxes jammed down our throats to pay for it all. The Republican brand is being destroyed by a cancer within, and those who ‘serve’ us have become addicted to the ‘crack’ of campaign assistance.
Where will your supposedly conservative elected official rank?
It took a little time for it to sink in, but Michigan’s legislature may have made the same mistake with ATT, that was made with BCBS.
Consider the decades of [government enforced] monopoly protections and the ability to hang their lines exclusively prior to deregulation. A compact that allowed ATT to profit heavily through its stand alone status, was then modified to ATT’s desires during the breakup of the bell system in 1974. Also consider the effects on small rural operators that rely on ATT for service access.
SB789, sponsored by Mike Green, would make numerous positive changes to the statutes concerned with concealed pistol licensure. This would include such things as:
Eliminate the county gun boards – requirements verification shifts to Michigan State Police
Count Clerk becomes the licensing authority
Remove the requirement to provide two references
Reduce the application fee $15 from $105 to $90
100% of court costs and attorney fees to the appellant if a denial gets overturned
Shorten and cement the timeframe for a go/no-go in regards to the application
NO WHERE does it remove the fact that the licenses shall be issued assuming the applicant passes the more or less objectively defined standards in 28.425b. In fact, the striking of 28.425b(7)(n) (shown below) further solidifies the the shall-issue aspect: