25Mar Rep. Heise testifies before House Local Government Committee on bill to protect local communities Categories: News Dearborn Heights, Southgate mayors join Rep. Heise in support of House Bill 4033The House Local Government Committee today heard testimony on a bill authorized by state Rep. Kurt Heise aimed at stopping Wayne County from selling or transferring ownership of regional sewer systems already paid for by communities.Rep. Heise received support for the legislation from Dearborn Heights Mayor Dan Paletko; Southgate Mayor Joseph Kuspa and Aaron Sprague, Director of Operations for the Western Townships Utilities Authority (WTUA), which covers Heise’s communities of Northville, Plymouth and Canton.“House Bill 4033 is about protecting local community interests in their water and sewer systems,” said Rep. Heise, R-Plymouth Township. “Our communities are investing in, maintaining, operating and, in essence, owning their water and sewer systems. We have to make sure counties can’t take advantage of Michigan citizens and their communities and infrastructure.”Heise said HB 4033 is in response to the so-called ‘buyback’ plan introduced by Wayne County to remedy their financial troubles. The bill would require that any buyback, leaseback or asset transfer of a sewer system by a county, city, drainage district or authority be approved by a simple majority of the communities served by that system, following notice and an opportunity to negotiate the terms and conditions of that sale or transfer.“None of the areas impacted by the plan, including the 20th District communities of Plymouth, Northville and Canton, support the buyback,” Rep. Heise said. “I’m glad the mayors of Dearborn Heights and Southgate, as well as the members of WTUA, joined me in support to help preserve local control.”HB 4033 is still before the House Local Government Committee.###
17Apr Hauck legislation ensures proper documentation of invasive medical treatments Categories: Hauck News,News Plan is part of House package in response to Larry Nassar scandalHealth care professionals and facilities could face penalties if invasive procedures are not specifically documented in medical reports and kept for 15 years under legislation submitted by state Rep. Roger Hauck.Today, Hauck testified in support of his bill before the House Law and Justice Committee. His measure is part of a bipartisan reform plan developed following the House’s inquiry into the recent Larry Nassar scandal.“When it comes to these invasive procedures, especially involving minors, it is imperative to protect the patients by requiring doctors to have detailed written reporting on what took place,” said Hauck, of Mount Pleasant. “During the MSU inquiry, it was found that medical records of some of the victims were either incomplete or destroyed before the victim filed a complaint, and such did not violate existing law or policy. Unfortunately, this helped Larry Nassar cover his tracks and continue his criminal behavior. His case strongly justifies the need for a heightened standard.”Hauck’s bill partners with other legislation, which will:Require the state Board of Medicine and Board of Osteopathic Medicine to issue publicly available guidance materials to health care professionals on intravaginal medical treatments;Require any medical treatment consisting of vaginal or anal penetration to be referenced on the patient’s medical record; andRequire the preservation of a patient’s medical record that includes vaginal or anal penetration treatment for 15 years.Any medical professional or health care facility that intentionally violates this law would face up to two years imprisonment for the first offense, then up to five years for the second or repeated violations.House Bill 5784 remains under consideration by the committee. read more
Belgian cable operator Telenet said it achieved revenue growth of 8.2% for 2012, ahead of expectations of growth of between 7-8%. Adjusted EBITDA growth of 7.5% was also ahead of expectations, while accrued capital expenditure accounted for 23.7% of revenue ahead of expectations of 24-25%.Telenet’s balance sheet at the end of the year included €906.3 million in cash and equivalents and debt of €3.843 billion.
BT is due to split its retail unit into two divisions, named BT Consumer and BT Business, effective from September. The UK telco and pay TV operator said the split “will enable the company to better serve its customers and focus even more on delivering its strategic priorities” – including driving “broadband-based consumer services” and focusing on small and medium-sized business customers.The CEO of BT Consumer will be John Petter, currently managing director of the Consumer unit within BT Retail. The CEO of BT Business will be Graham Sutherland, currently managing director of the Business unit within BT Retail. Both will continue to report to Gavin Patterson, who is due to take over from Ian Livingston as BT Group Chief Executive in September.“BT Retail has delivered well for many years now contributing strong profits to the group. It is time however for the business to be split in two given the intensely competitive nature of the consumer market and our strong ambitions in the business space,” said BT Retail CEO Gavin Patterson. read more