2018 Michigan lame duck

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Gov. Snyder vetoes Michigan bills criticized as Republican ‘power grabs’

Gov. Snyder vetoes Michigan bills criticized as Republican ‘power grabs’

December 28, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

The departing governor took a different path from Scott Walker in Wisconsin, rejecting bills to shield dark money and make it easier for the  legislature to enter lawsuits.

Michigan lawmakers send Gov. Snyder bill to add hurdles to ballot drives

Michigan lawmakers send Gov. Snyder bill to add hurdles to ballot drives

December 21, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Two months after voters approve three ballot measures, Michigan lawmakers approve reforms that critics say would make it impossible to place measures on the ballot.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder gets bill to lift protections on small wetlands

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder gets bill to lift protections on small wetlands

December 21, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

The House made major changes to lessen the impact of a bill that would have previously lifted environmental protections on at least 550,000 acres of wetlands and 4,200 lakes.  

That's a wrap! What bills passed, died in Michigan lame duck for the ages

That's a wrap! What bills passed, died in Michigan lame duck for the ages

December 21, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

More than 300 bills in 13 days. Here’s what you need to know about changes to minimum wage, constitutional amendments, marijuana and puppies. Yes, puppies.  

Lawsuits, ballot reform and sterile deer: A recap of lame duck’s longest day

Lawsuits, ballot reform and sterile deer: A recap of lame duck’s longest day

December 21, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Republicans pass bills to allow lawmakers to intervene in lawsuits, impose barriers to ballot measures, roll out new voting requirements and, yes, ensure that deer aren’t sterilized against their will. All that and more awaits Gov. Rick Snyder’s signature.

Michigan lawmakers spread millions in pork. Did your town get a cut?

Michigan lawmakers spread millions in pork. Did your town get a cut?

December 21, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Michigan lawmakers dole out more than $100 million in special projects. Check to see if your district got a piece of the action.

Michigan lame duck: Ballot rules may tighten, campaign finance stays with SOS

Michigan lame duck: Ballot rules may tighten, campaign finance stays with SOS

December 20, 2018 | Riley Beggin

A controversial change to the state’s ballot petition signature gathering requirements moved one step closer to becoming law Wednesday. Two other Republican efforts fell short as lame duck session nears the finish line.

Michigan DEQ staffers to Gov. Snyder: Veto bill to weaken cleanup standards

Michigan DEQ staffers to Gov. Snyder: Veto bill to weaken cleanup standards

December 20, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

The legislation would “threaten the health and safety of the people of Michigan” and put the agency in an  “untenable position” 82 employees told Snyder in a rare public plea.

Michigan bill allowing legislative lawsuits goes to Gov. Snyder

Michigan bill allowing legislative lawsuits goes to Gov. Snyder

December 20, 2018 | Riley Beggin

The state Legislature may soon have a voice in court under a bill that is under consideration by Gov. Rick Snyder.

Michigan lawmakers dole out $1B in wee hours, lame-duck spending spree

Michigan lawmakers dole out $1B in wee hours, lame-duck spending spree

December 20, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Jim Malewitz

Pennies from heaven? Try millions and millions. Michigan lawmakers approve $1.3 billion in extra funding for toxic cleanups, roads and tons of pet projects.  

Opinion | Michigan’s lame duck session is why voters hate politics

Opinion | Michigan’s lame duck session is why voters hate politics

December 19, 2018 | Sarah Anthony

Last-minute power grabs and watering down initiatives supported by Michigan voters erode civility and respect, says one legislator.

School grades, toxic waste and dark money: Your Michigan lame duck roundup

School grades, toxic waste and dark money: Your Michigan lame duck roundup

December 19, 2018 | Bridge Staff

Lawmakers passed bills Tuesday to conceal identities of donors to political nonprofits, assign letter grades to schools and change toxic waste standards, among other measures.

Michigan House panel votes to gut ‘radical’ wetlands protections

Michigan House panel votes to gut ‘radical’ wetlands protections

December 18, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

‘If we don’t do something, we can kiss personal property rights goodbye,’ says sponsor of measure that would remove protections on at least 550,000 acres of wetlands. Critics disagree.  

Bill to protect ‘dark money’ groups in Michigan passes House

Bill to protect ‘dark money’ groups in Michigan passes House

December 18, 2018 | Riley Beggin

The Republican bill would largely prevent the incoming Democratic Secretary of State and Attorney General from accessing information about groups that influence elections.

Michigan House moves to overhaul standards for toxic cleanups

Michigan House moves to overhaul standards for toxic cleanups

December 18, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Industry groups cheer move to require state regulators to use federal standards to determine if sites are safe. Critics say those are looser and the measure would make cleanups less protective.

Lansing looks to bonds to help solve local pension, health-care debts

Lansing looks to bonds to help solve local pension, health-care debts

December 18, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

A lame-duck bill that would allow more Michigan communities to use bonds to pay for spiraling pension and retiree health care legacy costs is expected to soon reach Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk.

Michigan education department blasts A to F school system bill

Michigan education department blasts A to F school system bill

December 18, 2018 | Ron French

State Superintendent Sheila Alles minced few words in a last-ditch effort to kill an A-to-F school grading system pushed by the legislature.

Michigan A-to-F school bill gets passing grade in Senate; on to Gov. Rick Snyder

Michigan A-to-F school bill gets passing grade in Senate; on to Gov. Rick Snyder

December 18, 2018 | Ron French, Lindsay VanHulle

A controversial bill that will give grades to schools will likely become law, despite concerns about whether it meets federal guidelines.

In lame duck, all eyes are on Michigan’s governor

In lame duck, all eyes are on Michigan’s governor

December 14, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Republican Rick Snyder is the wild card in a full deck of GOP measures to rein in Democrats entering office, rollback environmental laws and other measures that drive progressives crazy. Will it impact his legacy?

Opinion | Will the ‘Flint governor’ also undo Michigan water protections?

Opinion | Will the ‘Flint governor’ also undo Michigan water protections?

December 14, 2018 | Mike Shriberg

A flurry of anti-environmental bills may make it to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk before he leaves office. It’s Pure Michigan vs. Pure Politics.

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