August 29, 2000Last week Ron Anastasia, the co-director of the Paradox Conferences, visited Dr.Paolo Soleri and his editor, Kathleen Ryan, at Cosanti. Ron is working ona preface to Paolo’s new manuscripts, the Omega Seed Manuals. The volumes, a collectionof Soleri’s essays, should be published at the first of the year. Photo by: DoctressNeutopia
Categories: News 20Feb Bills protect firearms owner privacy Firearms owners’ private information would be shielded from Freedom of Information Act requests under legislation currently being considered in the Michigan House.State Rep. Ed McBroom was among six legislators giving testimony today to the House Judiciary Committee on House Bills 4155 and 5324-5329. McBroom is the sponsor of HB 5326, which addresses bar or tavern owners and employees with concealed pistols on the premises, as well as adding National Guard and armed forces reserves members to the license exemption list.“Exempting firearms records from the FOIA rules protects gun owners from criminals looking to steal, as well as from potential harassment of their Second Amendment rights,” said McBroom, R-Vulcan. “So many other forms of private information are protected in this day and age of identity theft concerns that eliminating these records as a possible source is a way to support law-abiding citizens by ensuring their privacy and safety.”The testimony today included instances in states, such as New York, that have allowed private information contained in these firearm registries to be published, which put gun owners and the public at risk.The bills remain under consideration by the House committee.
Increases criminal penalties for mandatory reporters, such as coaches and athletic trainers, who fail to report child abuse and neglect, including sexual abuse.The legislation is inspired by the recent sexual assault allegations against former physician Larry Nassar, who has been sentenced to up 175 years in federal and state prison for his crimes against more than 200 victims. Also attending Monday’s press conference were several of Nassar’s victims.“This legislation is absolutely necessary to protect everyone from sexual abuse in Michigan,” Cox said. “A predator’s pattern of assault often spans decades. We must strive to better serve the victims in our state–from the young women involved in the case of Dr. Nassar to prosecutions arising from backlogged rape kits in Detroit.” Categories: Cox News,News Multi-bill package introduced in response to recent Nassar scandalState Rep. Laura Cox, of Livonia, unveiled legislation Monday that allows Michigan’s prosecutors and courts to introduce and consider relevant information and evidence involving an individual’s prior acts of sexual-based offenses in criminal cases, regardless of the age of the victim.The bill is part of a 10-bill legislative package announced Monday during a press conference at the state Capitol to protect Michigan’s children and survivors of childhood sexual abuse.“Michigan must allow courts and juries to properly take into consideration a suspect’s history of sexual assault as we work to take these dangerous predators off our streets,” Cox said. “Currently, in cases involving sexual offenses against minors, courts are permitted to consider evidence that a suspect may have committed a previous sexual offense for any relevant purpose.This legislation would close a gap in the law and allow courts to consider evidence of prior sexual offenses for any relevant purpose regardless of whether the victim is a minor or an adult.”The legislative package:Expands the criminal statute of limitations to enable prosecutors to hold offenders accountable;Increases criminal penalties and expands definitions related to the possession of child sexually abusive material;Ends immunity for abusers and enablers of abuse;Preserves anonymity for survivors in civil lawsuits;Expands the civil statute of limitations for survivors; 27Feb Rep. Cox announces bill to better protect sexual abuse victims