2018 Michigan lame duck
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.
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.
Republican-introduced legislation would create a new bipartisan commission responsible for campaign finance regulation, removing the power from the Secretary of State’s office.
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.
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.
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.
The Republican majority in the Michigan Legislature approved paid sick leave in September to keep it off the ballot. Three months later, they’re hollowing it out.
Term-limited Republican Sen. Tom Casperson’s lame-duck bills would cut wetland protections in half in most counties, raise allowable levels of radioactive landfill waste 10-fold and limit local zoning of mining activity.
The House may vote as soon as Tuesday afternoon on bills that would largely gut citizen-pushed laws to raise Michigan’s minimum wage and require employers to offer paid sick leave. Gov. Rick Snyder hasn’t said if he will sign.
With little debate, legislation is sailing through the Legislature to deregulate wetlands, loosen rules for cleaning toxic sites and secure Line 5. The changes are ‘unprecedented," a critic says.
The legislation would create a new education commission that Gov. Snyder would largely fill as he exits office, and before Democrats take over the governor’s office and state board of education
Amid protests and a bomb scare, Republican lawmakers advance a bill to allow the Legislature to intervene in lawsuits.
The co-president of the State Board of Education takes a meat cleaver to a bill that would grade schools like they were fifth-graders.
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.
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.
The group that spearheaded the state’s new paid sick leave law says it believes the arrival of Democratic Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer — and her veto pen — in January will help its chances of making the ballot in 2020.
A state representative who also owns a convenience store is crusading to dump Michigan’s bottle deposit law. Michigan has no law preventing lawmakers from passing laws that directly benefit them.
A flurry of bills from the GOP is sparking accusations that they’re trying to maintain as much power as possible before Democrats take over top statewide offices in January.
Would hanging a scarlet letter on a struggling school improve learning? Michigan might find out, if a bill now being considered in the Legislature passes.
For what we spend on K-12 education in Michigan, we should get better results. An A-F ranking system for schools is one step toward accountability.