The State – 2/2/21

Michigan ranked in the lowest category of the State Equality Index: The Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC) and the Equality Federation Institute released their annual State Equality Index (SEI) on Jan. 25, which measures how the laws in each state affect the LGBTQ+ community. The 155-page index includes a scoreboard that ranks each state’s LGBTQ+ equality based on the laws enforced. There are four categories:  “high priority to achieve basic equality” (the lowest category), “solidifying equality,” “building equality” and “working toward innovative equality” (highest category).

ASMSU hosts 2 year live-on requirement presentation: The Associated Students of Michigan State University (ASMSU) had their first General Assembly meeting of the new semester Thursday, Jan. 21. The evening began with a presentation from Senior Vice President for Residential and Hospitality Services and Auxiliary Enterprises Vennie Gore and Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and Dean of Undergraduate Studies Mark Largent to discuss the two-year legal requirements.

USDA sharpshooters remove 65 deer from East Lansing parks: The United States Department of Agriculture sharpshooters shot 65 deer in two days to manage the deer population in East Lansing, the meat was donated to a food bank. This removal, approved by City Council in February 2020, was to make sure deer population did not exceed the “social carrying capacity,” said Cathy DeShambo, the environmental services administrator for the Department of Public Works.

Script Writer: Kelly Winters

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