HEALTH CARE: Bill to ban smoking in restaurants catches heat

LANSING - A burning question could be up for debate this legislative session: Should smoking be banned in all Michigan restaurants?Rep. Ray Bashum, D-Taylor, has drafted legislation with both Democratic and Republican co-sponsors that would ban smoking in restaurants and food service establishments."This is the...

Food service law fires up this fall

STATE - A new food service code that will affect all food handlers from grocery stores to restaurants will be implemented in November.The code update has been in the works for several years and is the first of its kind in nearly 30 years."We're really...

Tax break proposed for on-site child care

LANSING - Two recently-introduced bills would give businesses more incentives to build or renovate on-site child-care facilities.Proposals by senators Bill Bullard, R-Milford, and Beverly Hammerstrom, R-Temperance, would benefit both families and businesses, the sponsors say. One would allow 25 percent of the cost of building...