The bill, which passed with Republican support and Democrat opposition, now heads to the House. It would require the state to appoint only Upper Peninsula residents to a body that advises state officials on wolf management policy. Wolves are only found in the U.P.
A bill by Rep. Michele Hoitenga, a lawmaker with professional ties to the oil and gas industry, adds Michigan to a growing list of states where legislators are fighting back against local efforts to phase out natural gas.
The task force will study the factors that contribute to juvenile detention and develop policy recommendations to reduce the number of children incarcerated by the justice system often for noncriminal offenses.
The state’s economic recovery from the pandemic may be limited, officials say, as fewer child care options keep women out of the workforce. It’s a business issue, too, for child care providers seeking available workers.