2018 Michigan lame duck

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Opinion | Grabbing campaign finance from Michigan Secretary State a cynical ploy

Opinion | Grabbing campaign finance from Michigan Secretary State a cynical ploy

December 14, 2018 | Mike Staebler

A state commission to be judge and jury over campaign finance violations would be a disaster just like the Federal Elections Commission. Mike Staebler says he knows: his father was on the original FEC.

What’s dead ‒ and what’s still in play ‒ in Michigan’s lame-duck session

What’s dead ‒ and what’s still in play ‒ in Michigan’s lame-duck session

December 14, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

The Michigan Legislature has one week left before its two-year term ends. A number of bills, including requiring public employee unions to vote to recertify and banning home growing of marijuana, died for lack of votes.

Snyder signs bills that weaken Michigan minimum wage, sick leave laws

Snyder signs bills that weaken Michigan minimum wage, sick leave laws

December 14, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

The term-limited Republican governor said he agreed with the GOP Legislature that the original laws passed earlier this year would harm economic progress in Michigan. Advocates for workers vowed a lawsuit.

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 House passes bill putting new requirements on ballot initiatives

Michigan House passes bill putting new requirements on ballot initiatives

December 13, 2018 | Riley Beggin

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.

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

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

December 13, 2018 | Ron French

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

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

December 13, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

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

Michigan Lame Duck Tracker

Michigan Lame Duck Tracker

December 12, 2018 | Riley Beggin, Mike Wilkinson

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

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

December 12, 2018 | Tom Casperson

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

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signs Line 5 tunnel bill; appoints authority members

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signs Line 5 tunnel bill; appoints authority members

December 12, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

The Republican signed legislation to create a Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority to oversee a proposed tunnel surrounding the controversial pipeline.

Bill placing new rules on Michigan ballot initiatives advances over opposition

Bill placing new rules on Michigan ballot initiatives advances over opposition

December 12, 2018 | Riley Beggin

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.

Michigan Democrats stay quiet in lame duck. Some say it’s part of a plan.

Michigan Democrats stay quiet in lame duck. Some say it’s part of a plan.

December 11, 2018 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle

Party activists want Gretchen Whitmer and other incoming Dems to lash out as Republicans seek to rein in their power. But party insiders urge patience as they try to limit damage and quietly seek vetoes from Gov. Snyder.

Opinion | Outgoing Michigan lawmakers should keep hands off our schools

Opinion | Outgoing Michigan lawmakers should keep hands off our schools

December 11, 2018 | John Austin

Michigan voters elected Gretchen Whitmer, and she shouldn’t have her hands tied by outgoing Republicans, says the former president of the State Board of Education.

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

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

December 11, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

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.

Senate panel narrows bill for the Michigan Legislature to enter lawsuits

Senate panel narrows bill for the Michigan Legislature to enter lawsuits

December 11, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

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

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

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

December 11, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

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

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

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

December 10, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

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

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.

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

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

December 6, 2018 | Helen Taylor

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

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