Michigan

Business - June 4 2018 | 06-01-2018

MI Senate Approves SB 969 The MICHIGAN Senate approves SB 969 , which would ban the production and sale of marijuana-infused beer and wine. It moves to the House (DETROIT NEWS). CT Governor Signs HB 5386 CONNECTICUT Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (D)...

More States Considering ACA Medicaid Expansion | 05-18-2018

Thirty-two states have expanded Medicaid in accordance with the 2012 U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act but letting states decide whether or not to implement the Medicaid expansion provided for by the federal law. A budget proposal...

Social Policy - May 21 2018 | 05-18-2018

MI Senate Approves SB 741 The MICHIGAN Senate approves SB 741 , which would bar local governments from banning the ownership of certain dog breeds. The bill, which would nullify all current bans and bar municipalities from imposing new ones, moves...

More Than Half of States Allow Marijuana Use | 05-04-2018

Twenty-nine states have passed laws broadly legalizing the use of marijuana. Twenty of those states allow the use of the drug for medical purposes, such as pain relief or the control of nausea. Nine states have legalized recreational use of marijuana...

Detroit Regains Self-Government | 05-04-2018

Less than four years after emerging from the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, Detroit has regained full control over its government operations. Last Monday the nine-member state commission that has had the final say on all of the city’s...

Some State Progress in Deadly Opioid Crisis | 04-20-2018

Thirteen states have made progress in battling the deadly opioid epidemic while eight states have notably failed to deal with the crisis, according to a report issued this month by the National Safety Council (NSC). It comes on the heels of a report earlier...

Most States Not Doing Enough to End Opioid Crisis | 04-20-2018

Only 13 states are currently taking five or all six of the key actions needed to end the opioid crisis, according to a report from the National Safety Council, a nonprofit organization that seeks to eliminate preventable deaths. The six actions are: educating...

Politics in Brief - April 16 2018 | 04-13-2018

SC GOP PROPOSES CLOSING STATE’S PRIMARIES: The Republican Party of SOUTH CAROLINA announced last week that it will conduct an advisory referendum in the state’s June primaries asking voters if they want the option of affiliating with a...

The Local Front - April 16 2018 | 04-13-2018

Going On In MI The MICHIGAN Department of Environmental Quality closes the final four bottled water distribution centers in the city of FLINT . State officials said testing showed Flint's water quality had remained below federal action levels for...

Budgets in Brief - April 2 2018 | 03-30-2018

AZ BANS LOCAL SODA TAXES: ARIZONA Gov. Doug Ducey (R) signed HB 2484 , prohibiting local governments in the state from imposing extra taxes on sodas or other sugary beverages, as some left-leaning cities in other states, including San Francisco and...

Michigan Residents Most At Risk of Cyberattack | 03-09-2018

Michigan residents are the most susceptible to cybercrime, according to analysis of data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Insurance Information Institute by Website Builder Expert. The website development adviser estimated there would...

More State Cybersecurity Regulation Ahead for Financial Services Industry? | 03-08-2018

Developments in 2017, including the highly publicized Equifax data breach and adoption of cybersecurity requirements for insurance companies, banks and other financial institutions by New York’s Department of Financial Services, have the financial...

Governors in Brief - March 12 2018 | 03-08-2018

MARTINEZ SIGNS NM ELDERLY OVERSIGHT OVERHAUL: NEW MEXICO Gov. Susana Martinez (R) signed SB 19 , legislation that overhauls the Land of Enchantment’s system for guardianship and conservatorship of the elderly by mandating open court records,...

Social Policy - March 12 2018 | 03-08-2018

HI House Approves HB 2739 The HAWAII House approves HB 2739 , which would allow Aloha State doctors to assist terminally ill patients to end their own lives. The measure moves to the Senate (HONOLULU CIVIL BEAT). GA Governor Signs HB 159 GEORGIA...

Over Half of States Seeking to Maintain ‘Net Neutrality’ | 03-02-2018

At least 29 states have introduced legislation this year aimed at reinstating the requirement that internet service providers treat all content the same in terms of price and accessibility, which was eliminated last year with the Federal Communications...

Budgets in Brief - March 5 2018 | 03-02-2018

MI HOUSE PASSES ‘BRAIN DRAIN’ TAX BREAK: The MISSISSIPPI House passed a bill last week that would provide graduates of four-year colleges and universities in the state who stay and work within its borders a three-year exemption from state...

Governors in Brief - January 22 2018 | 01-19-2018

NORTHAM ISSUES VA NON-DISCRIMNATION ORDER : New VIRGINIA Gov. Ralph Northam (D) issued a trio of executive orders, including one that bars state agencies under Executive Branch control from discrimination “based on race, sex, color, national...

Health & Science - December 18 2017 | 12-15-2017

HEALTH & SCIENCE IN RI The city of Providence, RHODE ISLAND announces a plan to make the city’s 12 fire stations places where residents can go to be connected to substance abuse treatment and counseling. The plan is modeled after a similar...

MI Takes on Unfunded Retiree Benefits | 12-15-2017

Michigan lawmakers gave final approval last week for a package of legislation addressing the state’s roughly $18 billion in unfunded retiree benefits, about half of which is health-care related. The bills, which received unanimous votes in the Senate...

2018: A Year of Living Dangerously | 12-15-2017

The shadow of President Donald Trump and the Republican tax bill will hover over state governing bodies in 2018, a year of midterm elections that Tim Storey, political analyst for the National Conference of State Legislatures, says will be “a referendum...

Snyder Issues MI Weed Rules | 12-08-2017

With just weeks to go before applications are due, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) signed off on emergency rules that, among many things, allow medical cannabis dispensaries to stay open after the Dec. 15 deadline without affecting their chances of getting...

Most States Taking Action on Cybersecurity | 12-08-2017

As of Oct. 30 at least 43 states had introduced over 240 bills and resolutions related to cybersecurity this year, according to analysis of LexisNexis State Net data by the National Conference of State Legislatures. Twenty-seven of those states have enacted...

More Familiar Issues Likely to Draw State Lawmakers’ Attention in 2018 | 12-08-2017

As SNCJ ’s Rich Ehisen reported last week, some of the issues likely to receive the most attention from state lawmakers next year are those that are already familiar, such as health care, the opioid epidemic and sexual harassment. Here are several...

CHIP Money Running Out in States | 12-01-2017

At least 11 states will exhaust their Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) funds before the end of the year, if Congress fails to extend federal funding for the program, according to a survey of state Medicaid officials by the Kaiser Family...

Lite Gov Indeed | 12-01-2017

There’s an old joke that says the Lt. Governor’s only real job is to look in the paper every day to see if the governor is still alive. That’s an exaggeration to be sure, though it’s also fair to say the job isn’t exactly...

Opponents of Partisan Redistricting Turning to Ballot Box | 12-01-2017

An effort in Michigan to strip lawmakers of the power to draw the state’s legislative and congressional districts and turn that task over to a nonpartisan commission is on track to collect over 400,000 signatures - 315,000 of which would need to...

Health & Science - December 04 2017 | 12-01-2017

Health In MO Health officials in MISSOURI say they will now allow anyone on Medicaid with hepatitis C to receive the medication that cures the disease. The Show Me State had previously said it would not cover the treatment. The reversal led to the...

Education - November 20 2017 | 11-17-2017

MA House and Senate Approve HB 4032 The MASSACHUSETTS House and Senate give final approval to HB 4032 , a bill that would allow Bay State school districts to maintain current English immersion programming or choose an alternative that meets federal...

Health & Science - November 20 2017 | 11-17-2017

NY Governor Signs AB 7006 NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signs AB 7006 , which adds post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of medical conditions legal to treat with marijuana. The Empire State becomes the 28 th to legalize medicinal weed to treat...

Governors in Brief - November 20 2017 | 11-17-2017

RAUNER SIGNS TWO IL ANTI-HARASSMENT BILLS : ILLINOIS Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) signed two measures last week aimed at curbing sexual harassment in the Prairie State statehouse. The measures require all lawmakers, lobbyists and state employees to undergo...

Social Policy - November 13 2017 | 11-10-2017

MI Senate Approves Bills Senate approves SB 584 , SB 585 and SB 586 , a three-bill package that collectively would allow concealed pistol license holders to obtain an endorsement on their licenses exempting them from “no gun zone” restrictions...

States Preparing for Legal Sports Betting | 11-10-2017

Thirteen states have introduced and three have passed legislation this year dealing with the legalization of sports betting, currently prohibited in all but a handful of states by the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) passed by Congress...

Business - November 6 2017 | 11-03-2017

Pennsylvania Governor Signs HB 271 PENNSYLVANIA Gov. Tom Wolf (D) signs HB 271 , which legalizes online poker, online table games, online slots, daily fantasy sports and internet lottery sales in the Keystone State. The law also allows 10 of the state’s...

Education - November 6 2017 | 11-03-2017

Wisconsin Senate Approves SB 236 The WISCONSIN Senate approves SB 236 , which would require school districts for the first time to seek competitive bids on contracts of significant dollar value. The measure moves to the Assembly (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL...

Environment - November 6 2017 | 11-03-2017

Michigan Governor Signs Trio of Bills MICHIGAN Gov. Rick Snyder (R) signs a trio of bills that collectively allow electric bicycles on Wolverine State nature trails. The measures are: HB 4781 , which determines which kinds of electric bicycles can...

Social Policy - November 6 2017 | 11-03-2017

Michigan Governor Signs HB 4311 MICHIGAN Gov. Rick Snyder (R) signs HB 4311 , which allows surrendering parents’ names to be excluded from the birth certificates of infants surrendered under the state’s Safe Delivery of Newborns Law (MICHIGAN...

Potpourri - November 6 2017 | 11-03-2017

Michigan Governor Signs HB 4508 MICHIGAN Gov. Rick Snyder (R) signs HB 4508 , which allows the state to deploy a volunteer team of cybersecurity experts to assist if state agencies are impacted by a cyberattack or a data breach. The volunteer team...

Governors In Brief - October 23 2017 | 10-20-2017

SNYDER SIGNS MI POLICE MICONDUCT LAW Looking to prevent police agencies from hiding misconduct that leads to terminations, MICHIGAN Gov. Rick Snyder (R) signed legislation last week that requires law enforcement agencies to keep records of the circumstances...

Budgets In Brief - October 23 2017 | 10-20-2017

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FREES UP CHIP MONEY FOR FIVE STATES Since Congress failed to renew the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), providing health care for children from low-income families that don’t qualify for Medicaid, the Trump...

Will Massive Equifax Breach Spur State Regulation? | 10-13-2017

The unauthorized accessing of sensitive financial and personal information about 145.5 million consumers at Equifax, which the company made public last month , has prompted numerous lawsuits , congressional hearings , and investigations by federal agencies...

Politics In Brief - October 9 2017 | 10-06-2017

MI Senate Leader Backs Private Police Plan MICHIGAN Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof (R) has proposed a bill ( SB 594 ) that would authorize private, possibly for-profit police forces with full arrest powers to supplement public law enforcement...

Budgets In Brief - October 9 2017 | 10-06-2017

POT LEGALIZATION EXPANDING PUBLIC PAYROLL IN CA With recreational marijuana becoming legal in CALIFORNIA in 2018, the state is in the process of hiring hundreds of new government employees to help oversee the industry, including environmental scientists...

Politics In Brief - September 11 2017 | 09-08-2017

BACKERS OF NONPARTISAN REDISTRICTING MEASURE HAVE TIES TO DEMS Seven of the 10 board members of a petition committee pushing to create an independent citizen redistricting commission in MICHIGAN have supported Democratic candidates in previous elections...

New Front Opens In GOP Fight Against Unions | 08-18-2017

After Republicans won control of the Iowa Senate last year, giving them control of both the legislative and executive branches of that state’s government, they enacted a package of labor reforms curbing the collective bargaining rights of public...

Potpourri - August 7 2017 | 08-04-2017

Potpourri In the U.S. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upholds a lower court’s ruling that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service does not have the legal power to strip gray wolves in the Great Lakes Region of their protection under...

Education - July 17 2017 | 07-14-2017

Michigan Signs SB 401 MICHIGAN Gov. Rick Snyder (R) signs SB 401 , which will automatically enroll new teachers and staff in a 401(k)-style retirement plan unless they instead pro-actively choose a revised hybrid pension (DETROIT NEWS).

Social Policy - July 17 2017 | 07-14-2017

Michigan Signs 13 Bills MICHIGAN Gov. Rick Snyder (R) signs a package of 13 bills that collectively make genital mutilation of girls a state felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison, both for doctors who perform the procedure and parents who transport...

Budgets Late In Many States | 07-07-2017

Ten states started the 2018 fiscal year on July 1 without a budget in place, according to the Tax Foundation. A partial government shutdown in one of those states, Maine, ended on the 4th of July when Gov. Paul LePage (R) signed a budget compromise eliminating...

Gentlemen, Start Your Engines | 06-30-2017

And then leave the car running if you like...as long as you are on your own property. As the Detroit Free Press reports , Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) signed legislation last week that allows Michiganders to leave their car running in their own driveway...

Potpourri - July 3 2017 | 06-30-2017

Michigan Signs HB 4013 MICHIGAN Gov. Rick Snyder (R) signs HB 4013 , which allows Wolverine State motorists to show proof of insurance via their smartphone or other electronic device. The law also bars law enforcement from viewing anything else on...