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Michigan Senate: Train police on bias, de-escalation

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Senate unanimously approved a bill Thursday that would require police to be trained on implicit bias and de-escalation techniques to minimize the use of force more than a week after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis sparked nationwide protests.

The legislation would also mandate, starting in 2022, that officers complete annual continuing education. Michigan is among six states without such a requirement, according to a 2017 report.

“Every parent with a black or brown child in America faces ... the constant fear and anxiety that their children will be a victim of the police that we hire to protect and service. We must change this,” the bill sponsor, Democratic Sen. Jeff Irwin of Ann Arbor, said while choking up.

The measure, which was passed just a week after its introduction in the Republican-led chamber, was sent to the House for further consideration.

“We can’t in one day change someone’s subconscious or their deeply held unconscious biases. But if we can change what goes through an officer’s mind when they encounter one of our community members who doesn’t look like them, we could change the outcome,” said Sen. Stephanie Chang, a Detroit Democrat who also was tearful.


Superintendent: Congress can prevent ‘profound’ K-12 cuts

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s school superintendent said Thursday that K-12 districts are confronting the possibility of staggering spending cuts amid the coronavirus pandemic unless Congress helps fill a nearly $2.4 billion revenue shortfall over this budget year and next.

Michael Rice said the largest reduction in per-student funding under the current finance system came in 2011, at $470. A $1 billion cut to the school aid fund would result in $685 less per pupil, he said.

“Yet the cut could be even greater and substantially greater and much more harmful,” he told reporters.
Districts are facing a July 1 deadline to enact budgets for the coming academic year. The state likely will cut their payments without an additional federal relief bill or flexibility to use previously enacted federal aid to fill revenue holes.

“Congress is the only entity that has the capability of substantially sparing our children from very profound cuts,” Rice said.


Webinar to discuss ‘Automotive Supply Chain Insolvency Issues’

The Federal Bar Association for the Eastern District of Michigan along with the Federal Bar Association for the Western District of Michigan and the American Bankruptcy Institute will present a free webinar on Thursday, June 18, from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

“Automotive Supply Chain Insolvency Issues in the Wake of COVID-19” will feature a panel of automotive and insolvency experts discussing supply chain issues in the wake of COVID-19.

To register or for additional information, visit www.fbamich.org and click on “events.”


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