GOP on lame duck bills: You’ll thank us later, Michigan

GOP on lame duck bills: You’ll thank us later, Michigan

December 13, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Grassroots Republican leaders say legislation will help preserve Michigan’s booming economy and make it harder for Democrats to act on some of their more radical impulses.

Michigan Lame Duck Tracker

December 12, 2018 | Riley Beggin, Mike Wilkinson in Public Sector

Since the chaotic lame duck session began in late November, hundreds of bills have been introduced and voted on, some that would have major effects on Michigan.

Michigan GOP in no hurry to fulfill Rick Snyder’s environmental wish list

December 13, 2018 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

The outgoing governor wants to raise taxes and fees for environmental cleanups. His Republican colleagues aren’t biting.

Michigan House passes A-to-F school grades but nixes new commission

December 13, 2018 | Ron French in Talent & Education

In what appeared to be a compromise to get votes, a politically appointed commission with broad powers over Michigan schools was downgraded to an “peer review panel.” Bill now goes to Senate.

Michigan House passes bill putting new requirements on ballot initiatives

December 13, 2018 | Riley Beggin in Public Sector

The Republican bill requires signatures to be collected from across much of the state and adds more rules for signature collectors. The bill is also supported by business groups but opposed by Democrats, Right to Life and the ACLU.

Baby, it’s cold outside, and new rules make it harder to get help in Michigan

December 13, 2018 | Sarah Alvarez in Detroit Journalism Cooperative

Each year, Michigan helps 122,000 families keep the heat on when bills rise too high. This year, the state is enforcing controversial asset tests meant to crack down on fraud.

Opinion | Here’s how to keep Michigan water clean and affordable

December 13, 2018 | Jaimien Delp in Guest Commentary

In a Pure Michigan treatise, an advocacy group lays out a plan to protect our water. If only our leaders would pay attention.

Bill placing new rules on Michigan ballot initiatives advances over opposition

December 12, 2018 | Riley Beggin in Public Sector

The bill would require signatures from a wide variety of congressional districts and add other restrictions to the signature gathering process necessary for citizens to bring an initiative to the ballot or their legislators.

Opinion | C’mon, Michigan. Don’t get hysterical about ‘tree police’ bill

December 12, 2018 | Tom Casperson in Guest Commentary

In a guest column, State Sen. Tom Casperson makes his case for barring communities from regulating the removal of trees.

Bill to make it tougher to pass regulations in Michigan heads to Snyder

December 11, 2018 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

Republicans say legislation provides uniformity for businesses; Democrats say it would make it harder to respond to threats such as PFAS.

Senate panel narrows bill for the Michigan Legislature to enter lawsuits

December 11, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle in Public Sector

A bill to allow the Legislature to intervene in lawsuits has been scaled back to limit the instances in which lawmakers could do so.

Michigan, Great Lakes at risk for oil spills beyond Line 5, report says

December 11, 2018 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

As Michigan lawmakers race to create a deal to protect Line 5, a new report flags 15 areas across the Great Lakes where habitats are vulnerable to oil spills.

Michigan lawmakers send Line 5 tunnel plan to Gov. Snyder’s desk

December 11, 2018 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

The House and Senate quickly approved a bill Tuesday to help Gov. Snyder lock-in a plan to swap out twin pipelines beneath the Straits of Mackinac and protect them in a bedrock tunnel. Critics decry a rush before a Democrat becomes governor.

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