MHSAA Now Vol 4 Issue 47

MHSAA Now Vol 4 Issue 47

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MHSAA NOW: The weekly newsletter of the Michigan High School Athletic Association

THIS WEEK

Winter Tournament time has arrived, and we roll into a busy weekend featuring a wrestling team that has since claimed its first District title and a pioneering champion piling up accolades, along with a girls basketball team hoping to clinch its league tournament title this evening. We also announce our January MHSAA/Applebee’s “Team of the Month” and supply plenty of highlights from Tuesday’s Battle of the Fans IX visit to Buchanan.

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AROUND THE STATE

Have You Herd? Buchanan Tradition Lives On

Every year cheering in Buchanan High School’s student section is different – a different mix of students guarantees a different leadership style, different ideas and different levels of creativity. But let’s not confuse different with new. Buchanan has built one of the state’s richest student section traditions, and with the accolades to back it up – Battle of the Fans championships in 2013 and 2018 and four other finals finishes.

Caro Closing In On Historic Title Claim

With three seniors who had played at least parts of the last two seasons on varsity, and a standout freshman making her debut, the Caro girls basketball team had plenty of reasons to make winning its league the goal this winter. But with Reese coming off its 12th-straight conference title – and Caro seeking its first since 1985 – history was not on the Tigers’ side.

Tate’s Return Sees Cass Tech Return To Elite

It didn’t take LaTonya Tate long to begin her basketball coaching career. But it took her 20 years to find the right fit. Tate is in her fifth season as girls varsity basketball coach at Detroit Cass Tech, and the Technicians are experiencing success not seen since Tate was one of the state’s top players for Cass Tech during the mid-to-late 1980s.

Sandusky’s Ryan Repeats, Aims For 4

Logan Ryan had to learn how to handle losing. After a youth career that saw her win multiple national wrestling honors, including the NUWAY Nationals in 2017, Ryan’s freshman year competing at 140 and 145 pounds proved to be difficult. “I got destroyed that year,” the Sandusky sophomore said. Now the losses are much less frequent, but she has figured out how to turn them into positives.

Rivals Benefit By Combining Mat Forces

Most Bark River-Harris and Powers North Central athletic teams have been fierce rivals for decades. The situation is much different in wrestling, however, as the two schools combined forces for the first time this winter through a co-op venture. “A year ago, our numbers were really down,” said BR-H coach Joe Racicot. “We were approached by the North Central AD (athletic director Randall McLeod) and he asked if we’d be interested in starting a co-op program.”

Be The Referee: Held Ball Or Traveling

This week, MHSAA officials coordinator Sam Davis offers a basketball “You Make the Call” that comes into play when defensive and offensive players wind up in a stalemate. Be The Referee is a series of short messages designed to help educate people on the rules of different sports, to help them better understand the art of officiating, and to recruit officials.

This Week In High School Sports: 2/14/20

This week’s show highlights Farmington United gymnast Elena Vargo, presents Game Balls to Mount Clemens basketball’s Javaughn Hannah and Houghton basketball’s Brad Simonsen, explains hoops’ held ball rule and discusses the multi-sport background of a Super Bowl star.

GAME TIME

Upcoming MHSAA Tournament Schedule

Girls Swimming & Diving (UP) · Finals: Feb. 15
Boys Swimming & Diving (UP) · Finals: Feb. 15
Boys Skiing · Finals: Feb. 24
Girls Skiing · Finals: Feb. 24
Team Wrestling · Finals: Feb. 28-29
Girls Competitive Cheer · Finals: Mar. 6-7
Boys Bowling · Finals: Mar. 6-7
Girls Bowling · Finals: Mar. 6-7
Individual Wrestling · Finals: Mar. 6-7
Boys Swimming & Diving (LP) · Finals: Mar. 13-14
Girls Gymnastics · Finals: Mar. 13-14
Ice Hockey · Finals: Mar. 14
Girls Basketball · Finals: Mar. 21
Boys Basketball · Finals: Mar. 28

MHSAA TV

Friday, Feb. 14

Girls Basketball · Grand Haven vs. Rockford, 6:00 p.m.
Girls Basketball · Schoolcraft vs. Kalamazoo Christian, 6:00 p.m.
Boys Basketball · Farmington vs. Troy, 7:00 p.m.
Boys Ice Hockey · Port Huron Northern vs. BH Cranbrook Kingswood, 7:15 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 15

Boys Wrestling · Individual Districts at Fremont, 9 a.m.
Boys & Girls Swimming & Diving · UP Finals, 10:00 a.m.

Click here for a full varsity schedule of available student broadcast streams.

Governor Make Appointments

Governor Make Appointments

Governor Gretchen Whitmer Banner - headshot with bridge graphic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
February 14, 2020
Contact: BrownT56@michigan.gov

Governor Whitmer Makes Appointments to Boards and Commissions

LANSING, Mich. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer today announced the following appointments to the Board of Boiler Rules, Michigan Community Corrections Board, Manufactured Housing Commission, Michigan Freedom Trail Commission, Michigan Committee on Juvenile Justice, Mental Health Diversion Council, and the Michigan Veterans’ Trust Fund Board of Trustees.

Board of Boiler Rules

Glenn F. Glidden, of Paw Paw, is a mechanical engineer with Byce & Associates, Inc. He holds a bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Western Michigan University. Mr. Glidden is appointed to represent consulting engineers in this state who have boiler experience for a term commencing February 14, 2020 and expiring July 30, 2021. He succeeds David Robin who has resigned.

Donald Kronewitter, of Ionia, is a skilled trades supervisor and heating systems mechanic at Michigan State University and a mechanical contractor with Kronewitter Mechanical, Inc. He is a veteran of the United States Navy. Mr. Kronewitter is appointed to represent owners and users of boilers in this state for a term commencing February 14, 2020 and expiring July 30, 2021. He is filling a vacancy with no predecessor.

The Board of Boiler Rules was created to prescribe uniform rules for boilers; provide for the licensing of boiler inspectors, installers, and repairers; set fees for licenses, permits, inspections, and certificates; and to provide penalties for violation of the act.

These appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

Michigan Community Corrections Board

Marilena B. David-Martin, of Detroit, is the training director and deputy director of the State Appellate Defender Office. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from Wayne State University Law School. Ms. David-Martin is appointed to represent criminal defense attorneys for a term commencing April 1, 2020 and expiring March 31, 2024. She succeeds Keith Turpel whose term expires March 31, 2020.

Marlene Davis, Ph.D., of Southfield, is the CEO of Leadership Strategies, LLC. and an adjunct professor at Wayne State University. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Purdue University. Dr. Davis is appointed to represent the general public for a term commencing April 1, 2020 and expiring March 31, 2024. She succeeds Cory Chavis whose term expires March 31, 2020.

William A. DeBoer, of Byron Center, is the president and CEO of the Kalamazoo Probation Enhancement Program. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Western Michigan University. Mr. DeBoer is reappointed to represent existing community alternatives programs for a term commencing April 1, 2020 and expiring March 31, 2024.

Natalie V. Thompson, of South Haven, is the chief of police for the South Haven Police Department. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Western Michigan University. Chief Thompson is appointed to represent chiefs of city police departments for a term commencing April 1, 2020 and expiring March 31, 2024. She succeeds Todd Woodcox whose term expires March 31, 2020.

The Michigan Community Corrections Board serves in an advisory capacity to the Director of the Michigan Department of Corrections and is charged with approving many components of community corrections programs including: goals, eligibility criteria, program guidelines, program standards and policies, the application process, procedures for funding, and criteria for evaluation.

These appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

Manufactured Housing Commission

Glenna J. Adams, of Lansing, is the retired property manager for Cadgewith Farms mobile home community and a member of the community’s homeowner association. Ms. Adams is appointed to fill a vacancy representing an organization whose membership consists of mobile home residents for a term commencing February 14, 2020 and expiring May 9, 2021. She succeeds Carole K. Elliott whose term expired May 9, 2012 and has remained vacant.

Michael A. Chosid, of West Bloomfield, is the operations manager and engineer for the Burkhart Road Associates, LLC. and an operations and construction engineer and sales manager for Comfort Living Homes, LLC. He holds a Master of Engineering from the University of Michigan. Mr. Chosid is appointed to represent a licensed mobile home dealer for a term commencing February 14, 2020 and expiring May 9, 2022. He succeeds Steve Karbal whose term expired May 9, 2019.

Phillip Copeland, of Holly, is the vice president of engineering for Champion Home Builders, Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Construction Engineering from Michigan Technological University. Mr. Copeland is reappointed to represent a manufacturer of mobile homes for a term commencing February 14, 2020 and expiring May 9, 2022.

Veronica K. D’Hondt, of Lake Orion, is the vice president of training and processes for Meritus Communities and a member and treasurer of the board of the Michigan Manufactures Housing Association. Mrs. D’Hondt is appointed to represent operators of licensed manufactured housing parks for a term commencing February 14, 2020 and expiring May 9, 2022. She succeeds William Lettinga whose term expired May 9, 2019.

The Manufactured Housing Commission is responsible for establishing uniform policy relating to all phases of manufactured housing, business, manufactured housing parks, and seasonal manufactured housing parks. The Commission has the legal authority to approve local governmental ordinances which would regulate manufactured housing, grant variances to the Manufactured Housing Commission Rules, approve licenses for manufactured home installer/servicers and retailers, and impose penalties on persons who have violated the Mobile Home Commission Act or Rules.

These appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

Michigan Freedom Trail Commission

Roy E. Finkenbine, Ph.D., of Livonia, is a professor of history and the director of the Black Abolitionist Archive at the University of Detroit Mercy. Dr. Finkenbine is appointed to a represent member knowledgeable in historic preservation for a term commencing February 14, 2020 and expiring February 1, 2021. He succeeds Kerry Baldwin who has resigned.

Vivian L. Ritter, of Battle Creek, is a volunteer national ambassador of the Sojourner Truth Institute in Battle Creek and a former docent with the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. She holds a bachelor’s degree in art education from Washington Adventist University. Ms. Ritter is appointed to represent local communities in which the underground railroad had a significant presence for a term commencing February 14, 2020 and expiring February 1, 2024. She succeeds C. David Teeter whose term expired February 1, 2020.

Donna Odom, of Kalamazoo, is the executive director of the Society for History and Racial Equity. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Kalamazoo College and a Master of Arts from Loyola University. Mrs. Odom is appointed to represent a member actively involved in civil rights issues for a term commencing February 14, 2020 and expiring February 1, 2021. She succeeds Kevin Turman who has resigned.

Jason Young, Ph.D., of Ann Arbor, is an associate professor of history with the University of Michigan. He earned his Ph.D. in History from the University of California. Dr. Young is appointed to represent a member of the academic community knowledgeable in African American history, for a term commencing February 14, 2020 and expiring February 1, 2024. He succeeds Roy Finkenbine whose term expired February 1, 2020.

The Michigan Freedom Trail Commission was created to preserve, protect, and promote the legacy of the Freedom Trail and Underground Railroad in Michigan. The Commission works in conjunction with state and federal authorities to sponsor commemorations and public forums and assists with applications for inclusion in the national and state register of historic places for places related to the Freedom Trail and the Underground Railroad in Michigan.

These appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

Michigan Committee on Juvenile Justice

Janeé Ayers, of Detroit, is an at-large member of the Detroit City Council. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Bowling Green State University. Ms. Ayers is appointed to represent a locally elected official representing general purpose local government for a term commencing February 14, 2020 and expiring December 31, 2022. She succeeds Lawrence Emig whose term expired December 31, 2019.

Amiyah L. Davis, of Detroit, is a youth council member with the Annie E. Casey Foundation. She is a graduate of Belleville High School. Ms. Davis is appointed to represent members under the age of 28 who have been, or are currently, under the jurisdiction of the juvenile justice system, for a term commencing December 14, 2020 and expiring December 31, 2022. She succeeds Jessica Black whose term expired December 31, 2019.

Allie Greenleaf Maldonado, of Petoskey, is the chief judge and a citizen of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School. Judge Maldonado is appointed as an Indian tribal representative or other individual with significant expertise in tribal law enforcement and juvenile justice in Indian tribal communities, for a term commencing February 14, 2020 and expiring December 31, 2022. She is filling a new seat on the Committee.

Jason A. Smith, of Ann Arbor, is the director of youth justice policy for the Michigan Council on Crime Delinquency. He holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan. Mr. Smith is appointed to represent private nonprofit organizations for a term commencing February 14, 2020 and expiring December 31, 2022. He succeeds Kenyatta Stephens whose term expired December 31, 2019.

The Michigan Committee on Juvenile Justice is an advisory body within the Department of Human

Services that promotes the effective implementation of juvenile justice policy and greater administrative efficiency for juvenile justice programs. The Committee was created in accordance with the federal requirements under the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974 for receiving grant funds to support juvenile justice initiatives.

These appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

Mental Health Diversion Council

Sara Spencer-Noggle, of Mount Pleasant, is a Judge with the 21st Circuit Court in Isabella County. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from the Michigan State University College of Law. Judge Spencer-Noggle is appointed to represent the judiciary for a term commencing February 14, 2020 and expiring January 30, 2024. She succeeds Judge Curtis Bell whose term expired January 30, 2020.

The Mental Health Diversion Council is an advisory body to the Governor within the Department of Health and Human Services charged to advise and assist in the implantation of a diversion action plan and provide recommendations for statutory, contractual or procedural changes to improve diversion.

This appointment is not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

Michigan Veterans’ Trust Fund Board of Trustees

James R. Dempsey, Jr., of Dexter, is a retired department service officer for Disabled American Veterans and a veteran of the United States Air Force. Lt. Col. Dempsey is reappointed to represent disabled American veterans for a term commencing February 26, 2020 and expiring February 25, 2023.

Carol L. Hebert, of Roscommon, is the executive director of AMVETS and a veteran of the United States Army. Mrs. Hebert is appointed to represent other congressionally chartered veterans’ organization for a term commencing February 26, 2020 and expiring February 25, 2023. She succeeds Edward Hirsch whose term expires February 25, 2020.

Thomas M. Smith, of Grosse Pointe, is the president of taktik(z), Inc. and a veteran of the United States Navy. Mr. Smith is reappointed to represent independent veterans for a term commencing February 26, 2020 and expiring February 25, 2023.

The Michigan Veterans’ Trust Fund was created in 1946 from $50 million in postwar reserve funds to provide grants for the emergency needs of veterans. The Michigan Veterans’ Trust Fund Board of Trustees governs grant policies and adjudication, county committee appointments, and expenditure from trust earnings.

These appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

MDHHS activates Community Health Emergency Coordination Center in response to 2019 Novel Coronavirus

MDHHS activates Community Health Emergency Coordination Center in response to 2019 Novel Coronavirus

MDHHS activates Community Health Emergency
Coordination Center in response to 2019 Novel Coronavirus
Local health departments coordinating with state to proactively protect public health

LANSING, Mich. – As cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) continue to increase in the United States and internationally, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) activated the Community Health Emergency Coordination Center (CHECC) today to support local and state response to the outbreak.

“We at MDHHS recognize the potential threat associated with this virus and are working to identify any suspect cases in Michigan along with our local health partners,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. “To help coordinate Michigan’s response to 2019 Novel Coronavirus, we are opening the Community Health Emergency Coordination Center to assist the multiple public health jurisdictions involved in the response and prevention of coronavirus here in our state.”

The CHECC will develop and distribute guidelines and educational materials concerning 2019-nCoV to public health agencies and healthcare providers as needed. This includes coordination with local health departments, including Detroit and Wayne County Health Departments especially as Detroit Metropolitan Airport has become a 2019-nCoV screening location.

To date, there are no confirmed cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus in Michigan. MDHHS has issued statewide messages through the Health Alert Network encouraging healthcare providers across Michigan to assess patients for exposures associated with the risk of 2019-nCoV infection, including travel to China or close contact with a confirmed case, and for symptoms consistent with 2019-nCoV infection. This includes coughing, shortness of breath and fever.

The first U.S. case-patient was identified on Jan. 21, and had recently traveled from Wuhan, China. Since that time, additional cases have been confirmed in the United States among persons who traveled from Wuhan, and two close contacts of confirmed cases. Globally, reported illnesses in people with 2019-nCoV have ranged from mild to severe, including death.

Last week, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar declared the coronavirus a public health emergency in the United States. In response to the evolving threat of the novel coronavirus, and to minimize the risk of the virus spreading, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has begun enforcing restrictions for all passenger flights to the United States carrying individuals who recently traveled from the People’s Republic of China. Any U.S. citizen who has been to China in the last two weeks will be diverted to one of 11 airports, including Detroit Metropolitan Airport, to be checked and potentially quarantined for an additional 14 days.

According to DHS, as of Sunday, Feb. 2, U.S. citizens who have been in Hubei province within 14 days of their return will be subject to up to 14 days of mandatory quarantine to ensure they are provided proper medical care and health screening. U.S. citizens who have been in other areas of mainland China within 14 days of their return will undergo proactive entry health screening and up to 14 days of self-quarantine with health monitoring to ensure they have not contracted the virus and do not pose a public health risk.

Generally, foreign nationals (other than immediate family of U.S. citizens, permanent residents and flight crew) who have traveled in China within 14 days of their arrival, will be denied entry into the United States.

As this is a rapidly changing situation, more information about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus outbreak and current recommendations will be updated at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC. gov/Coronavirus.

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OFFICIAL TRAVEL NEWSLETTER

January 27, 2020

"My Michigan" With Snowboarder Nick Baumgartner

“My Michigan” With Snowboarder Nick Baumgartner

Elite snowboarder Nick Baumgartner competes all over the world, but nothing beats the mountains in his native Michigan. Nick has carved up virtually every big mountain in the American West and has trained and competed in 20 different countries from Europe to South America. But when he wants to experience true beauty, he doesn’t need to leave his home state on Michigan. Check out his story.

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Savor the Craft During Beer Month GR

Savor the Craft During Beer Month GR

Grand Rapids was just named America’s top beercation destination by Travel+Leisure–and Beer Month GR is a perfect time to experience the city’s awesome craft beer scene. Visit from February 15-March 15 to enjoy delectable beer-and-food specials at local eateries, attend the 15th Annual Winter Beer Festival, join in the fun of tap takeovers, and much more.

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Ski the Mitten

Ski the Mitten

Thanks to abundant snow (100-plus inches annually) and snow-making at most resorts, Michigan ski areas are open for business from early December to late March. With about 1,000 runs in more than 48 destinations, the state ranks second in the U.S. for the number of ski resorts, with many catering to beginner and intermediate skiers and snowboarders. Pick your resort, pack-up the kids and get ready for exhilarating winter fun and adventure on the slopes.

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Time to Make Summer Vacation Plans

Time to Make Summer RV Vacation Plans

Although the ground is covered with snow and the temperature is below freezing-avid campers know it’s time to start planning for warm weather getaways. If you’re looking for a place to vacation this summer, and a new way to get there, head to the 54th Annual Detroit RV & Camping Show (February 5-9) to check out the newest RVs, campers, trailers, fifth wheelers, educational seminars—and to hear great testimonials from the hosts of Under the Radar Michigan.

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January 27 – February 7, 2020
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43rd Ann Arbor Folk Festival
January 31-February 1, 2020
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Ice Breaker Festival 2020
January 31 – February 2, 2020
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16th Annual Magical Ice Fest
January 31 – February 2, 2020
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February 1, 2020
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February 1, 2020
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52nd Annual I-500 Snowmobile Race
February 1, 2020
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15th Annual Everett Kircher Cup
February 2, 2020
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Michigan Winter Try-Athlon
February 2, 2020
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February 2, 2020
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February 2, 2020
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February 7-9, 2020
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MHSAA Now Vol 4 Issue 47

MHSAA: This Week In High School Sports

Weekly Podcast

AROUND THE STATE

Resurgent GP South Off To Stunning Start

It’s been eight years since Grosse Pointe South played for an MHSAA Finals championship in ice hockey. But even though we’re just past the halfway point of this season, the Blue Devils have shown they have what it takes to make a trip back to Plymouth for another title shot. South is 13-2 and ranked No. 2 in Division 3 in the latest state coaches association poll. To say things have been clicking would be an understatement.

EGR 2-Sport Star Chasing Final HS Goal

Over the past three weeks, John Shelton IV has established a new school record for wrestling wins while also reaching a rare milestone with his 150th career victory. While most would be elated and content, the East Grand Rapids senior wants more and has his sights set on an even bigger goal.  “To be honest, it was a stepping stone for me, and it wasn’t that big of a deal because I’m trying to win a state title,” Shelton IV said.

Be The Referee: Goaltending

This week, MHSAA assistant director Brent Rice clears up misconceptions concerning backboards and basketball goaltending. Be The Referee is a series of short messages designed to help educate people on the rules of different sports, to help them better understand the art of officiating, and to recruit officials.

This Week In High School Sports: 1/24/20

This week’s show highlights White Pigeon multi-sport standout Claycee West, awards Game Balls to Jonesville’s competitive cheer team and Pelllston basketball’s Blake Cassidy, clears up misconceptions on basketball goaltending and highlights some of the key points from last weekend’s Youth Football Forum.

 

GAME TIME

Upcoming MHSAA Tournament Schedule

Girls Swimming & Diving (UP) · Finals: Feb. 15
Boys Swimming & Diving (UP) · Finals: Feb. 15
Boys Skiing · Finals: Feb. 24
Girls Skiing · Finals: Feb. 24
Team Wrestling · Finals: Feb. 28-29
Girls Competitive Cheer · Finals: Mar. 6-7
Boys Bowling · Finals: Mar. 6-7
Girls Bowling · Finals: Mar. 6-7
Individual Wrestling · Finals: Mar. 6-7
Boys Swimming & Diving (LP) · Finals: Mar. 13-14
Girls Gymnastics · Finals: Mar. 13-14
Ice Hockey · Finals: Mar. 14
Girls Basketball · Finals: Mar. 21
Boys Basketball · Finals: Mar. 28

MHSAA TV

Friday, Jan. 24

Girls Basketball · Saginaw Swan Valley vs. Birch Run, 5:30 p.m.
Girls Basketball · Stevensville Lakeshore vs. Niles, 5:45 p.m.
Girls Basketball · Rockford vs. Hudsonville, 6:00 p.m.
Boys Basketball · Grand Blanc vs. Kalamazoo Central, 7:00 p.m.
Boys Ice Hockey · Brighton vs. Howell, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 25

Boys Ice Hockey · Clarkston vs. Lake Orion, 8:00 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 27

Girls Basketball · Ishpeming vs. Negaunee, 7:15 p.m.

Click here for a schedule of available student broadcast video streams.

Governor Make Appointments

Whitmer Signs Bill Into Law

Governor Gretchen Whitmer Banner - headshot with bridge graphic

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

January 27, 2019

 

Gov. Whitmer Signs Bills Into Law

 

LANSING, Mich. — Today, Governor Whitmer signed House Bills 4051, 4411, 4309, 5241, 5242, 5243, and 4156 as well as Senate Bills 434 and 184.

 

House Bill 4051 amends the Mental Health Code to establish a Michigan CARES (Community, Access, Resources, Education and Safety) hotline for individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. This bill was sponsored by Representative Mary Whiteford,  R – Casco Township.

 

“As governor, my number one job is to protect the health and safety of all Michigan residents,” said Whitmer. “By creating a mental health hotline that will be available 24/7, we have taken a necessary step towards giving all Michiganders the care they need.”

 

House Bill 4156 would allow mental health professionals, other than a psychiatrist, to work in a state-run psychiatric hospital without forfeiting their retirement benefits. This bill was sponsored by Representative Hank Vaupel, R – Fowlerville.

 

House Bill 4309 creates civil and criminal penalties for violations of the “Fantasy Contests Consumer Protection Act” which regulates fantasy contests within the state. This bill is  The bill was sponsored by Representative Michael Webber, R – Rochester Hills.

 

House Bill 4411 amends the Credit Services Protection Act to remove the 90 day performance deadline for companies that provide credit monitoring services. The bill was sponsored by Representative Jim Lilly, R- Park Township.

 

House Bill 5241 adopts the revision of the NAIC (National Association of Insurance Commissioners) Valuation Manual from 2017. Under the bill all Michigan companies would be subject to the newly adopted Valuation Manual, with no loopholes or exemptions for certain businesses. The bill was sponsored by Representative Rendon, R- Lake City.

 

House Bill 5242 amends the Insurance Code to allow the Director of DIFS to act as the group-wide supervisor for insurance holding company systems with a significant international presence and creates a framework to guide the DIFS director in determining when to assume that role for such a holding company. The bill was sponsored by Representative Robert Wittenberg, D – Huntington Woods.

 

House Bill 5243 would amend sections of the insurance code to require that insurers with over $500 million in annual premium to establish an internal audit function. An “internal audit function” is a person or persons that provides independent, objective, and reasonable assurance to the audit committee and management regarding the insurer’s governance, risk management, and internal controls. This bill was sponsored by Brad Paquette, R- Niles.

The House Bill package 5241- 5243 aligns Michigan with NAIC Accreditation Program.

Senate Bill 184 eliminates the requirement that athletic trainers must have at least 75 hours of continuing education within a 3-year cycle. Instead, the department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs must promulgate rules that adhere to standards issued by nationally recognized professional associations and certification boards. This bill was sponsored by Senator Curt VanderWall, R – Ludington.

 

Senate Bill 434 allows the licensure of mobile salons, which are vehicles equipped with cosmetology equipment that allows a cosmetologist to establish one’s business without a fixed location. This bill was sponsored by Senator Aric Nesbitt, R – Lawton.