Smoke Free Rally at the Capitol

13 05 2008

Today (Tuesday) was a huge day for hits on this site.  Almost all of them came for info on the smoking ban.  I ain’t stupid…if that’s what your coming for, then that’s what I’ll give, but while you’re here, be sure to check out the reviews and be sure to give me your opinions on places and suggestions on where to eat next….oh yeah, and don’t forget to bookmark the page 😉

Now,  back to the business at hand.  While I was sitting at home waiting for our new kitchen table to be delivered, the American Cancer Socity held a rally at the Capitol.

Meanwhile the American Cancer Society spent the day on the Capitol lawn reminding lawmakers that they can make a difference in the fight.
Smoking,  lung cancer, and heart dissease are just a few of the battles in that war.

“Many states have successfully passed this legislation and it hasn’t hurt business and I’m encouraged we’ll move forward as well” said Rep. Rick Shaffer (R-Three Rivers).

Miss Shoreline 2008 Stephanie Marion added, “I actually think it will bring more business into resteraunts and bars because it will bring those people that don’t like the smoking environment into those facilities and it will raise profits.”

WILX has a report on their website about the ban as well.  They shed some light on why the ban wasn’t voted on today as expected.

“We will have and opportunity to concur our not concur with what the Senate has done as soon as they send it to us and we receive the bill from the secretary, we can do that,” said Andrew Meisner (D) Hazel Park.

So that’s why ther was no vote today.  Again, the bill is not listed on tomorrow’s calendar, so it must not have been transmited to the house as of the end of the day today.  I’ll try to watch the House session again tomorrow and live blog it just in case 🙂


Liveblogging – HB 4163

13 05 2008

MGTV is airing the first half hour of today’s House of Representatives session live.  I’m going to try and live blog the proceedings if they bring up HB 4163.  There is also a feed on the House of Representatives Website, so if it goes past 2:00, I’ll try to watch the webcast as well.

 1:30 PM – The video feed is up, but the chambers still look pretty empty.  The session was gaveled to order. 

1:34 PM – Now members are starting to slowly file in for roll call.

1:51 PM – Still waiting on a quorom.  Rules were just suspended for Rep. Rick Shaffer to introduce representatives from American Cancer Society who are in the chamber.  Pretty much the entire gallery is filled with ACS folks

 1:58 PM – Both parties have called members to caucus, so we may be waiting awhile.

2:40 PM – It looks like the Republicans are filing back into the chamber. 

3:30 PM – Still waiting on the Democrats.  All that’s happened in the last hour is a few recognitions of school groups in attendance.

3:31 PM – Speak of the devil.  It looks like the Dems are filing back in.

3:40 PM – The House has been called back to order.  They’re starting with some resolutions.  I keep losing my connection to House TV….but I’ll do my best to keep updating on the days proceedings concerning HB 4163

4:21 PM – I think they ajourned for the day without calling the bill.  The message on the voting board says “At Ease Call of the Chair” 

4:56 – The House looks like it’s reconvening, but they’re introducing bills for first reading.  I don’t know a whole lot about the process here, but I have a feeling HB 4163 won’t be called today.  I’ll keep an ear open so keep checking back just in case I’m wrong.

4:58 – It’s official.  The House is now adjourned.  They will reconviene tomorrow at 1:30.  I’ll try this again then.

Press Release – Kean’s 80th Anniversary

13 05 2008

This sounds like an event worth driving to Mason for…..I’m going to be out of town for work this weekend, so I’m not going to be able to go, but thought I would pass it along for those that would like to.

EVENT: Kean’s  80th Anniversary ribbon cutting
DATE: May 16th 2008
TIME: 3:00 PM
LOCATION 412 S Jefferson Mason
HOSTS: Mason area Chamber of Commerce
ATTENDANCE: Local and regional officials and dignitaries will attend, along with local business  owners, and residents.

EVENT: Kean’s  80th Anniversary party and celebration
DATE: May 17 th
ATTENDANCE: Local regional and state officials and dignitaries will attend along  with over l,500 area residents
HAPPENING; A festive celebration  for the family with clowns, face painting, entertainment, gourmet food sampling and much more,
Enjoy prices from many years ago like a bag of chocolate covered peanuts for $.80 and many old fashioned prices and savings.

STORE BACKGROUND:  In 1928 Herbert Hoover was elected president, penicillin was discovered, and Mickey Mouse appeared in his first cartoon. On Friday and Saturday nights farmers from all across  Ingham County rode into town to eat, drink, and stop at Kean’s Five& Dime, the newly opened dry goods emporium in downtown Mason.
Welcome to Kean’s, Mason’s oldest operating business. Kean’s was founded in 1928 by Gus and Fern Kean. Their original store complete with tin ceilings and wooden floors still is part of the Kean’s shopping experience today. The store has grown over the years to more than 17,000 square feet, and is still owned by the Kean family. Teresa Kean,   now runs the store, after taking it over from her father Warner who was Gus and Fern’s son and successfully ran and grew the business for many years.
Today Kean’s offers a fresh completely remodeled look, but still maintains that old fashioned Charm that Kean’s is known for. Kean’s offers a collection of shops that the entire family enjoys. From toys  to candy, to fabrics and crafts, home furnishings and gifts, a charming baby boutique, unique jewelry, gourmet cooking and house wares, and an unsurpassed selection of greeting cards… Kean’s has it all!
Today the family and the friendly sales associates,offer you a cup of coffee as you enter the store, and everyone  quickly feels at home, and  all enjoy the incredible shopping experience that area residents have come to know Kean’s for  80 years. 


House to Vote on Smoking Ban Today

13 05 2008

I saw on ABC 3 News at 10 on the CW 5 that the House of Representatives should vote on the Senate version of the smoking ban (HB 4163) today.  The session doesn’t start until 1:30.  I’ll try to remember to watch on-line to see if it comes up…I’ll update this post as necessary.  I don’t see it on the schedule, but that doesn’t mean anything.