Republicans: Michigan shouldn’t regulate more strictly than Washington

Republicans: Michigan shouldn’t regulate more strictly than Washington

December 10, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Supporters call House Bill 4205 a transparency measure that’s good for business. Critics worry it would remove tools to tackle problems such as PFAS contamination.

Hostility for the holidays: The lame history of Michigan's lame duck

December 10, 2018 | Ted Roelofs in Public Sector

Michigan is one of only eight states that put no end date on its annual legislative calendar.

Michigan power grabs, pipelines and pot: What we’re tracking in lame duck

December 10, 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.

Opinion | Protect Michigan’s environment by passing these two bills

December 6, 2018 | Helen Taylor in Guest Commentary

Two bills that have support from the Michigan Chamber to The Nature Conservatory deserve the legislature’s support

Michigan Republicans advance bills on campaign finance, voting, education

December 6, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle in Public Sector

Spoiler alert: Democrats aren’t happy

Michigan Senate GOP moves bills enacting Props 2 and 3, despite objections

December 5, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin in Public Sector

Republicans say they are setting processes in place for a commission to oversee political redistricting, as well as reforms such as same-day voting. Proponents suspect an ulterior motive.

How divisive is lame duck? Dems and GOP can’t even agree on puppies

December 5, 2018 | Ron French in Public Sector

A bill working its way through the Legislature would stop local communities from banning the sale of puppies at pet stores – puppies that animal rights groups say sometimes come from puppy mills.

Michigan Republican Senator: I’m no anti-environmental villain

December 5, 2018 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

Sen. Tom Casperson, the powerful Michigan Republican behind a slew of bills to deregulate the environment, calls himself a champion of private property rights and disagrees with his portrayal in news media.

Michigan GOP moves bills that foes say will weaken incoming Democrats’ power

December 5, 2018 | Riley Beggin in Public Sector

Republican-introduced legislation would create a new bipartisan commission responsible for campaign finance regulation, removing the power from the Secretary of State’s office.

Michigan GOP to public unions: Recertify every two years or die

December 5, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle in Public Sector

A fast-tracked bill pushed by Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof resembles a policy gaining steam by a conservative free-market group. Workers deserve choices, he says.

Michigan Senate approves plan to preserve Line 5 before foes take office

December 5, 2018 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

Gov. Rick Snyder cleared a hurdle in his race to lock-in a plan to swap out twin pipelines beneath the Straits of Mackinac and protect them in a bedrock tunnel.

Michigan minimum wage, sick leave bills dismantled. Will Gov. Snyder sign?

December 4, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle in Public Sector

The bills passed Tuesday in the House gut laws to raise Michigan’s minimum wage and require employers to offer paid sick leave. One prominent lawmaker says governor has promised to sign the bills.

Lame duck Michigan legislators aim to shape redistricting over protests

December 4, 2018 | Riley Beggin in Public Sector

Supporters of the group behind Michigan’s new redistricting commission are livid over a bill that would define political party affiliations for the new system.

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