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Michigan becomes the first state in U.S. to ban flavored vaping products

Michigan becomes the first state in U.S. to ban flavored vaping products

September 4, 2019 | Riley Beggin

The six-month ban bars the sale of flavored e-cigarettes commonly used by young people, including fruity, sweet and mint-flavored products. 

Michigan House Dem leader says Whitmer’s 45-cent gas tax is probably dead

Michigan House Dem leader says Whitmer’s 45-cent gas tax is probably dead

August 29, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Republicans have said the hefty tax hike is dead on arrival. That’s why Democrats should start considering other alternatives to raise $2.5 billion for roads, House Minority Leader Christine Greig said. 

Michigan House urges resignation of Inman, who told donors ‘I need money’

Michigan House urges resignation of Inman, who told donors ‘I need money’

August 29, 2019 | Riley Beggin

State Rep. Larry Inman, who says he’s struggling with addiction, has insisted he won’t step down. New texts submitted to court claim he sought a ‘load’ of money for his votes.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer: Leaders should 'stop playing games' on roads funding

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer: Leaders should 'stop playing games' on roads funding

August 28, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Time is running out for legislative leaders and the governor to come to an agreement on how to spend the state’s nearly $60 billion budget.

Michigan committee approves health warning labels for marijuana

Michigan committee approves health warning labels for marijuana

August 27, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Under the legislation, all cannabis would need to be packaged with a warning against use during pregnancy.

What’s behind the population boom in rural Michigan jails?

What’s behind the population boom in rural Michigan jails?

August 23, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

A state task force could convene on why rural jails hold a greater share of inmates, with more awaiting trial.

Michigan GOP files new suit to stop independent redistricting commission

Michigan GOP files new suit to stop independent redistricting commission

August 22, 2019 | Jim Malewitz

State Republican Party’s federal lawsuit argues the structure of the 13-member board violates its freedom of association.

Pressure builds on Michigan Republicans for roads plan to avoid shutdown

Pressure builds on Michigan Republicans for roads plan to avoid shutdown

August 21, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is portraying GOP legislative leaders as failing to seriously negotiate on how to raise $2.5 billion to repair the state’s roads and bridges. Now, the business community is exerting its own pressure on the GOP.

Short-term rental advocates, foes work toward a deal on laws in Michigan

Short-term rental advocates, foes work toward a deal on laws in Michigan

August 21, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

In the fierce debate over regulation of Airbnbs and other short-term home rentals, Michigan legislators are bringing adversaries to the table, including groups representing local government, hotels and the real-estate industry.

What to expect from the Michigan Legislature this fall

What to expect from the Michigan Legislature this fall

August 20, 2019 | Riley Beggin

State lawmakers are back in Lansing Tuesday. Here are some of the major priorities the Legislature expects to tackle before the end of the year.

As September looms, no Republican proposal yet to fix Michigan’s roads

As September looms, no Republican proposal yet to fix Michigan’s roads

August 15, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Republican legislative leaders are still meeting to discuss road funding and the 2020 budget, but they haven’t yet reached a compromise. They have until the end of September to pass a budget or risk a shutdown.

High housing costs in Traverse City now hurting more industries in region

High housing costs in Traverse City now hurting more industries in region

August 15, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

Lack of affordable housing is spreading beyond seasonal workers. It’s now hurting manufacturing and healthcare firms trying to attract workers. Local leaders want Lansing to help incentivize developers to build more affordable projects.

Michigan’s Secretary of State promised 30-minute waits — lines are worse

Michigan’s Secretary of State promised 30-minute waits — lines are worse

August 13, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Jocelyn Benson swept into office vowing to serve customers in 30 minutes. But wait times in 2019 are at their highest in five years, up to two or three hours in some branches. Benson says it's the result of long-term underinvestment to be solved with hard structural change.

Check out wait times at your Michigan Secretary of State offices

Check out wait times at your Michigan Secretary of State offices

August 13, 2019 | Mike Wilkinson

Lines have gotten longer so far this year, compared with wait times in 2018. This Bridge database allows you to see how times have changed in branch offices near you.  

Voters Not Politicians asks to intervene in Michigan GOP redistricting suit

Voters Not Politicians asks to intervene in Michigan GOP redistricting suit

August 12, 2019 | Riley Beggin

VNP, the group behind the successful drive to create an independent body to draw political lines in Michigan, seeks entry in a Republican lawsuit to have that commission shut down before it starts.

Part of bribery case against GOP Rep. Larry Inman proceeds

Part of bribery case against GOP Rep. Larry Inman proceeds

August 9, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

A federal judge declines to dismiss one felony charge against GOP state Rep. Larry Inman, put two others on hold

 After week of mass shootings, can ‘red-flag’ law gain traction in Michigan?

After week of mass shootings, can ‘red-flag’ law gain traction in Michigan?

August 5, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

Democratic lawmakers say shootings in California, Texas and Ohio show the need for legal tools to seize weapons from people who pose an urgent danger. State Republicans have yet to sign on, with due process rights a sticking point. 

Michigan board approves recall petition for indicted Rep. Larry Inman

Michigan board approves recall petition for indicted Rep. Larry Inman

August 1, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin

Voters in Grand Traverse County want to recall Inman after his indictment on federal charges for alleged bribery, extortion and lying to FBI agents while in office. His attorney says he will consider an appeal on the recall petition’s approval.

Court: Michigan shortchanged cities for years. But windfall isn’t certain.

Court: Michigan shortchanged cities for years. But windfall isn’t certain.

July 31, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle

The lawsuit, filed in 2016, alleges that the state violated the Headlee Amendment to the Michigan constitution in how it calculates state spending to local governments. Depending on how the case ultimately is resolved, experts say the lawsuit could have significant impacts on both state and local government funding.

Michigan Republicans sue to stop redistricting commission before it starts

Michigan Republicans sue to stop redistricting commission before it starts

July 30, 2019 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle

Republican plaintiffs argue the independent, voter-approved commission violates their First and 14th-Amendment rights by forbidding some people with political ties from serving. They want a federal judge to stop the state state officials from seating the commission.

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