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02.20.19 Fire/EMS Advisory Committee Meeting
03.05.19 DPS Advisory Committee Meeting
03.07.19 2019 Risk Management Workshop
03.14.19 Administrative Advisory Committee Meeting
03.14.19 U.P. Law Enforcement Advisory Committee Meeting
03.26.19 Technology & Cyber Security Advisory Committee Meeting

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02.19.19 Inmate Manipulation Training
03.12.19 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Workshop
03.12.19 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Workshop
04.03.19 Sexual Harassment Active Bystander Training
04.03.19 Sexual Harassment Active Bystander Training
04.26.19 Rapid Deployment to Active Shooter
04.29.19 Tactical Encounters for Patrol Officers
05.02.19 Tactical Encounters for Patrol Officers
05.20.19 Public Labor Law and Effective Grievance Processing for Supervisors
05.29.19 Emerging Legal Trends & Liability Management for SWAT & Emergency Response Operations

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MMRMA Announces $1.5 Million Distribution from State Pool Retention Fund
Board declares distribution based on recommendation from the State Pool Committee.

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Smart Onboarding and Orientation Practices; MMRMA Updates Five Valuable Risk Control Brochures; Preview of Risk Management Workshop

Age Discrimination On the Bench

Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2013

A new rallying cry in Michigan seems to be “stop age discrimination against judges.” The State Bar has taken a position condemning such discrimination, and Michigan Senate Joint Resolution F also expresses concern over the matter. Just what is this new issue all about?

The Michigan Constitution, adopted in 1963, prohibits a judge aged 70 or older from running for election. As a result, last fall Marilyn Kelly, then-incumbent Democratic Michigan Supreme Court Justice (and Chief Justice of the Court), was not allowed to run for re-election. If she had been eligible to run, Democrats could have gained control of the Court.

In the 2012 election, two incumbent Republican men and four women (three Democrat, one Republican) were on the ballot. The two men were re-elected, but the highest vote-getter was newcomer Bridget McCormack, a Democrat. Current analysis suggests that, if Chief Justice Kelly had been eligible to run as an incumbent woman, she may have fared better than the incumbent men. In that case, Democrats would have won two seats instead of one and thereby taken control of the Court.

There are no mulligans in politics, but there is always “next time.” So there is now an attempt to amend the Constitution and delete the age restriction. To amend the Michigan constitution will require a referendum and a lot of voter support.

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