Traverse City Record-Eagle

September 13, 2013

Michigan in Brief: 09/13/2013

Associated Press

---- — Senate: Ban gas for animal euthanasia

LANSING — The state Senate on Thursday voted to ban the use of poisonous gas to euthanize dogs and cats at animal shelters in an attempt to rid Michigan of four remaining gas chambers called barbaric by animal rights supporters.

The legislation, which passed 37-0 and now goes to the House, requires the use of lethal injections at animal shelters when dogs and cats are killed.

Though injection is the preferred method of the American Veterinary Medical Association, gas is used by shelters in four smaller counties in the southwest corner of the state: Berrien, Branch, Cass and Van Buren.

Eight of Michigan’s 83 counties were using gas chambers as recently as 2011, according to an analysis of the bill by the nonpartisan House Fiscal Agency.

State bar wants end to secret judicial ads

LANSING — The State Bar of Michigan on Thursday called for an end to secretly funded judicial campaign ads, urging the secretary of state to require disclosure of the spending that’s increasingly dominated state Supreme Court elections.

The possibility of bias arises when the public does not know who has influenced a judge’s election, said Bruce Courtade, president of the nonpartisan organization of more than 42,000 practicing lawyers and judges.