Three news organizations and the Michigan Press Association are suing the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission, and they’re taking their case directly to the state Supreme Court. The news organizations say the commission is violating transparency requirements in the voter-approved amendment to the Michigan Constitution that created it. They want the state’s highest court to..
Attorney General Dana Nessel expressed disappointment Tuesday that Oxford school officials turned down her offer to conduct an independent investigation of the school shooting that left four students dead. Nessel said she’ll follow what’s turned up by Oakland County law enforcement. Nessel said earlier that an inquiry by her office would be truly independent as..
Office of Sen. Curt VanderWall The Michigan Senate is expected to vote Tuesday on a bill to help relieve a health worker shortage by temporarily recognizing out-of-state professional licenses. The health worker shortage created by COVID-19 is so dire, there’s probably no one thing that can fix it. Sen. Curt VanderWall (R-Ludington) chairs the Senate..
The state House voted Thursday to dramatically boost funding for police officers in schools. It was in response to Tuesday’s shootings at Oxford High School that left four students dead and seven other people wounded. Rep. Gary Howell (R-North Branch) sponsored the budget amendment. “We’ve had events in the last week that really dramatized the..
At the state Capitol Wednesday, the House and the Senate began their sessions with a moment of silence for the Oxford school shooting victims, but no consensus on what more the state can do to make future tragedies less likely. There are almost 50 gun bills stalled in the Legislature right now. Those include requiring..
Governor Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday that new statewide COVID-19 restrictions are not under consideration at the moment despite the state’s soaring COVID case numbers. Whitmer was interviewed on WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids. She was asked about re-imposing restrictions and responded the surge is being driven by unvaccinated people. She said that ordering skeptics to wear..
A petition drive to repeal Michigan’s 1998 “truth-in-sentencing” law expects to begin signature gathering early next year. If the law is repealed, prisoners could earn “good time” credits that could shorten their minimum sentences. The campaign organizers say the current law keeps people who’ve rehabilitated themselves in prison when they no longer pose a threat..
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Tuesday that drivers can expect bigger savings on auto insurance rates over what they paid in the previous year. That’s under the state’s new insurance law that she signed in 2019. But critics say that’s at a high cost to people who are catastrophically injured in auto accidents. In a news release,..
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed a bill Friday to forgive some penalties imposed on businesses for violating COVID-19 orders. The governor said the bill would have placed Michigan’s rules in conflict with federal workplace safety rules. Whitmer wrote in her veto letter the bill would have jeopardized the state’s control over its own workplace safety program, the Michigan..
Michigan House Democrats rolled out an agenda Wednesday to make voting easier, especially for voters who want to vote by absentee ballot. The House Democratic package stands in contrast to more restrictive Republican plans, such as requiring voters to present an ID. Rep. Karen Whitsett (D-Detroit) is on the House Elections and Ethics Committee. She said..