2018 Michigan lame duck

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

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

December 5, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

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 GOP to public unions: Recertify every two years or die

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

December 5, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

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

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

December 5, 2018 | Riley Beggin

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 Republican Senator: I’m no anti-environmental villain

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

December 5, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

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.

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

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

December 5, 2018 | Ron French

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

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

December 5, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin

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.

Opinion | Gutting paid sick leave disrespects voters, undermines democracy

Opinion | Gutting paid sick leave disrespects voters, undermines democracy

December 4, 2018 | Yousef Rabhi

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.

As he exits, Michigan lawmaker wants to gut wetland protection, boost waste

As he exits, Michigan lawmaker wants to gut wetland protection, boost waste

December 4, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

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.

Michigan House poised to dismantle Michigan sick leave, minimum wage laws

Michigan House poised to dismantle Michigan sick leave, minimum wage laws

December 4, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

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.

Michigan lawmakers: ‘Every little thing’ doesn’t need environmental protection

Michigan lawmakers: ‘Every little thing’ doesn’t need environmental protection

December 4, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

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. 

Republican bills would snatch power over Michigan schools from Democrats

Republican bills would snatch power over Michigan schools from Democrats

December 4, 2018 | Ron French

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

On wild day, Michigan lawmakers move to give themselves lawsuit power

On wild day, Michigan lawmakers move to give themselves lawsuit power

December 4, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Amid protests and a bomb scare, Republican lawmakers advance a bill to allow the Legislature to intervene in lawsuits.

Opinion | Bill to grade Michigan schools A-to-F is a horrible idea

Opinion | Bill to grade Michigan schools A-to-F is a horrible idea

December 4, 2018 | Casandra Ulbrich

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.

Lame duck Michigan legislators aim to shape redistricting over protests

Lame duck Michigan legislators aim to shape redistricting over protests

December 4, 2018 | Riley Beggin

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.

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

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

December 4, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

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.

Group behind Michigan paid sick leave vows 2020 ballot drive if law gutted

Group behind Michigan paid sick leave vows 2020 ballot drive if law gutted

December 3, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

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.

This Michigan lawmaker is pushing a bill that will save his business $9,000

This Michigan lawmaker is pushing a bill that will save his business $9,000

November 30, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

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.

Drama in Michigan lame-duck: Good government reform or naked power grab?

Drama in Michigan lame-duck: Good government reform or naked power grab?

November 30, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

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.

Michigan may soon rank schools A-to-F. Will it help? Nobody knows.

Michigan may soon rank schools A-to-F. Will it help? Nobody knows.

November 29, 2018 | Ron French

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.

Opinion | If our kids get graded A-to-F, then our Michigan schools should, too

Opinion | If our kids get graded A-to-F, then our Michigan schools should, too

November 29, 2018 | John Kennedy

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.

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