The state spent $148,000 on a racial equity group to offer advice on how to spend hundreds of millions of dollars in opioid settlement funds. But after issuing recommendations, the group said it was ‘silenced.’
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s new department focused on lifelong learning, known as MiLEAP, aims to accelerate efforts to improve education in Michigan. Education leaders say they hope it’s not just another layer of bureaucracy.
New laws signed by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer aim to expand automatic voter registration, deter political ‘deepfakes’ and ‘fake electors’ while limiting the kind of pressure campaign former President Donald Trump waged in his failed attempt to overturn his 2020 election loss.
Democratic lawmakers and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had sought to go further in rewriting Michigan’s abortion laws, but scaled back the bills to win majority support. Advocates said the bill package’s signing still marks a significant step forward.
The Democratic-led Legislature is adjourning after fulfilling much, but not all of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s fall agenda. Lawmakers passed energy and abortion reform but fell short on sick leave and drug affordability.
The Michigan Senate on Tuesday finalized what some advocates called a ‘watered-down’ version of bills repealing several abortion restrictions, keeping intact a 24-hour waiting period law that House Democrats didn’t have the votes to repeal.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she backs a plan to require public officials to disclose finances but exempt spousal income. She also says she won’t open her office to records requests until the Legislature does so.