Gov. signs sex offender registry expansion
LANSING — More people will be added to Michigan’s public sex offender registry under a bill signed by Gov. Rick Snyder.
The bill signed Tuesday will require people convicted of a single Tier I offense for some crimes involving minors to be placed on the online registry. Offenses that qualify include possessing child pornography and surveillance of a minor.
Republican Sen. Rick Jones is the bill’s sponsor. He says it will add about 250 people to the public registry.
People convicted of such crimes must already register with the state, but their information is made available only to police. Currently only people convicted of Tier II and III offenses are placed on the public registry.
DNR’s outdoor plan gets federal approval
LANSING — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says its statewide outdoor recreation plan has won federal approval.
The endorsement from the National Park Service is important because it makes the state eligible for federal funding to boost outdoor recreation opportunities.
About $40 million is available nationwide each year under the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. To qualify for grants, states must prepare and win approval of a recreation plan that’s updated every five years.
Michigan’s newly approved plan covers the years 2013-2017. DNR Director Keith Creagh said Tuesday that putting together the document helped the department learn about trends and needs in outdoor recreation.
About half the money allotted to Michigan goes to local governments, which are required to match 50 percent of their grants.
Council appeals manager findings
LANSING — Detroit City Council members on Tuesday made a longshot appeal of the state’s declaration that the city has no adequate plan to fix its fiscal crisis, arguing that more time is needed to implement a budget-cutting deal reached with the state less than a year ago.