14Jan Rep. Berman fights for increased government transparency with first bill Categories: Berman News State Rep. Ryan Berman submits his government transparency plan to the House enrolling clerk.State Rep. Ryan Berman, along with a bipartisan group of his Michigan House colleagues, has introduced a comprehensive plan to increase the transparency of state government.Berman, of Commerce Township, said Michigan is one of a very few states that still exempts its governor, lieutenant governor and the Legislature from sunshine laws. The bipartisan solution would remove these exemptions and make the government more accountable to the people of Michigan.“Transparency isn’t a partisan issue,” Berman said. “Transparency is about being open and accountable to the people we’re here to serve.”The transparency plan will subject the Legislature to a new Legislative Open Records Act (LORA) and the governor and lieutenant governor to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).“State representatives, senators and the governor should be held to the same transparency laws as local governments and school boards. It makes no sense to exempt our elected state officials from these important standards,” Berman said. “It’s time to update the law and set an example of openness and honesty.”Just like some documents containing sensitive personal information are exempt from disclosure by local governments under the current FOIA law, the new LORA will exempt some records, including letters to and from people in the district, human resources files, and ongoing legislative investigations or lawsuits.The plan, laid out in House Bills 4007-16, has been referred to the House Government Operations Committee for consideration.###
EIGHT CARS DETECTED USING ILLEGAL FUEL IN JOINT POLICE/CUSTOMS OPERATIONHM REVENUE AND CUSTOMSillegal fuelPSNI MAGHERAFELT ShareTweet “Seven of the vehicles were restored to owners and more than £4,000 paid in fines.“There were numerous detections made by police for motoring offences including driving with no licence and driving without insurance.“Other matters addressed included the execution of an outstanding money warrant,” added the spokesperson.EIGHT CARS DETECTED USING ILLEGAL FUEL IN JOINT POLICE/CUSTOMS OPERATION was last modified: October 21st, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: THE PSNI say its Magherafelt Neighbourhood Policing Team along with Local Policing Team colleagues conducted a joint operation with HM Revenue and Customs this week.This operation concentrated on motoring offences and targeted vehicles operating on illegal fuel.A spokesperson said: “HMRC seized eight vehicles detected using illegal fuel.
THE Alley Theatre in Strabane is delighted to be hosting the 20th Anniversary of C.R.A.I.C. with the ‘Johnny Crampsie Song and Dance Music Festival’, with concerts and workshops taking place throughout this weekend.In 1995 under the name CRAIC (Cultural Revival Among Integrated Communities), a group of people got together with the aim of reviving the old cultural traditions.After holding successful trad music weekend in 1997, CRAIC set up an annual event dedicated to the respected local musician, Johnny Crampsie who was a versatile fiddle and saxophone musician that played trad and a wide range or other types of music.The opening concert of the festival will take place in the Alley Theatre on this Friday night with CRAIC in Concert with Special Guests Tom Byrne and Friends, with an evening of traditional Irish and Folk music, hosted by the well-established local group. 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF CRAIC AT JOHNNY CRAMPSEY SONG AND DANCE MUSIC FESTIVALstrabaneTHE ALLEY THEATRE ShareTweet Over the festival weekend, the ever popular trad CRAIC Late Night Sessions can be enjoyed by all in the Stables of Sion Mills, while finishing off with the Closing Session with CRAIC on the Sunday evening.Craic is also celebrating their 20 year anniversary with an exhibition in the gallery space in the Alley Theatre with audio, video, photographic and artefact displays from the many events through the years.This will be an opportunity for the hundreds of people who have taken part or just enjoyed their experiences with craic to relive those memories.This promises to be another exciting and memorable weekend for all those culture vultures out there so come along and enjoy.For more information on the festival visit – http://www.craiconline.netTickets for all events are now available at the box office and online. The full Autumn/Winter programme is now available for download at http://www.alley-theatre.com/brochure/ and further updates will be available viafb.com/thealleytheatre and @TheAlleyTheatre on Twitter.20TH ANNIVERSARY OF CRAIC AT JOHNNY CRAMPSEY SONG AND DANCE MUSIC FESTIVAL was last modified: October 8th, 2015 by John2John2 Tags: The Johnny Crampsie Music Workshops will take place on Saturday with tutors from the fabulous group Beoga, followed by an opportunity for participants to perform on stage as part of the Beoga Concert, taking place later that evening.Beoga (Gaelic for ‘lively’) have become one of the most exciting, popular and influential groups in modern traditional Irish music.Their unique sound features the twin dueling accordions of Damian McKee and multi-instrumentalist Seán Óg Graham, pianist Liam Bradley, four times All-Ireland bodhrán champion Eamon Murray and Niamh Dunne, on vocals and fiddle.Shortlisted for a Grammy nomination in 2010, Beoga are described by the Wall Street Journal as ‘the best traditional band to emerge from Ireland this century’.