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Lawsuits, ballot reform and sterile deer: A recap of lame duck’s longest day

December 21, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Republicans pass bills to allow lawmakers to intervene in lawsuits, impose barriers to ballot measures, roll out new voting requirements and, yes, ensure that deer aren’t sterilized against their will. All that and more awaits Gov. Rick Snyder’s signature.

That's a wrap! What bills passed, died in Michigan lame duck for the ages

December 21, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

More than 300 bills in 13 days. Here’s what you need to know about changes to minimum wage, constitutional amendments, marijuana and puppies. Yes, puppies.  

Michigan lawmakers send Gov. Snyder bill to add hurdles to ballot drives

December 21, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Two months after voters approve three ballot measures, Michigan lawmakers approve reforms that critics say would make it impossible to place measures on the ballot.

Michigan lawmakers dole out $1B in wee hours, lame-duck spending spree

December 20, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Jim Malewitz

Pennies from heaven? Try millions and millions. Michigan lawmakers approve $1.3 billion in extra funding for toxic cleanups, roads and tons of pet projects.  

Michigan bill allowing legislative lawsuits goes to Gov. Snyder

December 20, 2018 | Riley Beggin

The state Legislature may soon have a voice in court under a bill that is under consideration by Gov. Rick Snyder.

Michigan lame duck: Ballot rules may tighten, campaign finance stays with SOS

December 20, 2018 | Riley Beggin

A controversial change to the state’s ballot petition signature gathering requirements moved one step closer to becoming law Wednesday. Two other Republican efforts fell short as lame duck session nears the finish line.

Michigan population almost 10M again. These maps and charts explain how.

December 19, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Michigan remains the 10th largest state in the nation, but slow population growth after a lost decade likely means the state will lose another congressional district after 2020.

School grades, toxic waste and dark money: Your Michigan lame duck roundup

December 19, 2018 | Bridge Staff

Lawmakers passed bills Tuesday to conceal identities of donors to political nonprofits, assign letter grades to schools and change toxic waste standards, among other measures.

Lansing looks to bonds to help solve local pension, health-care debts

December 18, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

A lame-duck bill that would allow more Michigan communities to use bonds to pay for spiraling pension and retiree health care legacy costs is expected to soon reach Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk.

Bill to protect ‘dark money’ groups in Michigan passes House

December 18, 2018 | Riley Beggin

The Republican bill would largely prevent the incoming Democratic Secretary of State and Attorney General from accessing information about groups that influence elections.

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.

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.

In lame duck, all eyes are on Michigan’s governor

December 14, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Republican Rick Snyder is the wild card in a full deck of GOP measures to rein in Democrats entering office, rollback environmental laws and other measures that drive progressives crazy. Will it impact his legacy?

Chart: Democrats can thank more educated voters for swinging Michigan seats

December 14, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Voters in the most educated congressional districts flipped on the GOP, giving Democrats two victories and a 7-7 split in the state delegation. It was a trend seen across Midwest.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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