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StAte
Employee rights
debated
By MICHAEL ARKUSH
A bill that would guarantee public
and private employees access to their
personnel files was passed 3-1 by the
Senate Labor Committee last week,
highlighting last week's activity in the
Michigan State Legislature.
The bill, which was sent to the full
Senate, would give employees the right
to inspect and copy most of their per-
sonnel records and to respond in
writing to any problems in the infor-
mation which seem unfair or
erroneous. It would also forbid em-
ployers from filing facts about an em-
ployee's political activities.
Rep. Perry Bullard (D-Ann Arbor),
who introduced the House version of the
bill, said he believes it is a step in the
right direction but said it still does not
protect workers as much as he had
hoped it would. Further discussion is
expected before the full Senate votes on
the bill.
Other legislative decisions included
passage of a bill which would require
all buses purchased for regularly
scheduled routes to be equipped with
lifts or ramps for wheelchair use. The
bill was overwhelmingly approved 25-8
in the Senate and is now on its way to
Governor Milliken. The legislature had
issued an embargo in 1976 on purchases
of new buses until the handicapped
issue could be resolved. The vote came
just before the expiration date for
federal aid for new buses. Federal aid
is essential to fund the new buses which
are estimated at $5,000 to $10,000 each.
A legislative aide for Rep. Bullard
said he believes the Ann Arbor
Democrat would probably support the
measure.

"It's hard to imagine he would vote
against it," said Dan Sharp, legislative
assistant for Bullard.
Another bill intended to alter the
privileges of the state's different lob-
bying groups sits in the Senate
JudiciaryrCommittee. The Committee's
Chairman, Sen. Basil Brown (D-
Highland Park) said last week he would
probably delay discussion of the bill un-
til after the August 8 primary election.
The bill, which would tighten state
regulation of lobbyists, must be
discussed in the Committee before any
general Senate debate can begin.
Bullard has "reservations about the
bill" according to his aide, Sharp.
Sharp said he believes Bullard is con-
cerned with the potential increase of
power that would pass to the large cor-
porate lobbyists at the expense of small
lobbyists. The bill would require cer-
tain groups to keep extensive accounts
of their expenses. The aide said Bullard
thinks large lobbying interests will be
able to afford the bookkeeping
assistance, such as the Michigan
Chamber of Commerce, while small
lobby groups will not have the money to
pay for the assistance.
"He (Bullard), believes the bill might
end up strengthening the hand of the big
lobbyists and hurting the small lob-
byists. It is the big lobbyists who he
wants to bring under control," said
Sharp.
Sharp said Bullard is worried the
small lobbying groups will not be able
to function under the new bill and lose
their license.
The Senate Appropriations Commit-
tee is now considering a bill that would
provide 62 cities, villages and town-
ships in Michigan with state aid totaling
$13 million. The criteria for receiving
funds includes an average income in
the community under $6,000 among
other conditions. The bill was in-
See STATE, Page 16

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