Lansing Update
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October 19, 2018

  In This Update:  
  • Appeals Court Issues Decision on Mandate Funding for Nonpublic Schools
  • On the Passing of Most Reverend Joseph Cistone of Saginaw
  • Election Resources Available at MCC Website
  Appeals Court Issues Decision on Mandate Funding for Nonpublic Schools  
This week, the Michigan Court of Appeals issued a 2-1 decision regarding reimbursements to nonpublic schools, overturning a previous Court of Claims ruling. Michigan Catholic Conference (MCC) has advocated for these reimbursements, which have been included in previous state budget cycles to assist nonpublic schools in carrying out state health, safety, and welfare requirements. In explaining their decision, the Court of Appeals pointed to previous rulings that have allowed the state to support nonpublic schools on non-instructional matters such as health and safety. The Court of Appeals also outlined useful criteria as the case goes back to the Court of Claims. The criteria will be used for analyzing each mandate and whether it is appropriate for reimbursement. MCC will keep members apprised of future updates as they are available.
  On the Passing of Most Reverend Joseph Cistone of Saginaw  
Michigan Catholic Conference President and Chief Executive Officer Paul A. Long made the following statement regarding the unexpected passing this week of Most Reverend Joseph Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw:
"Michigan Catholic Conference shares its profound sorrow with the parishioners, clergy and family of Bishop Joseph Cistone, who passed away unexpectedly last night. We remember the joy in which he approached his ministry as bishop and his service to this organization as a member of the Board of Directors. Bishop Cistone was an incredibly fine and good man. He dedicated his life to serving the Lord as a priest and bishop and he did so with kindness, compassion, and with a tremendous sense of the pastoral."
  Election Resources Available at MCC Website  

On Tuesday, November 6, Michiganders will vote on critical ballot proposals and political offices at the local, statewide, and national level. Find resources to help you prepare for the upcoming election, including information regarding MCC's position of opposition to legalizing recreational marijuana (Proposal 1), at

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