Michigan

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...

NJ Casinos Get Big Boost From Online Gambling | 06-09-2017

For the last several years, New Jersey casino revenue has been declining by an average of 7.6 percent a year. But through April of this year, total casino gambling revenue was up 1.7 percent over the same period last year. The reason for the change of...

Health & Science - June 5 2017 | 06-02-2017

California Approves SB 562 The CALIFORNIA Senate approves SB 562 , which would implement a single-payer health care system in the Golden State. It moves to the Assembly (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET). California Approves AB 402 The CALIFORNIA Senate...

Crime & Punishment - May 22 2017 | 05-19-2017

California Approves SB 439 The CALIFORNIA Senate approves SB 439 , which would ensure that counties treat juvenile offenders 11 or younger in the child services system instead of the juvenile courts. It moves to the Assembly (ASSOCIATED PRESS). ...

Snyder Unveils New MI Water Lead Limits | 03-17-2017

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) unveiled a seven-part plan last week to implement strict new statewide water quality standards. Inspired by a significant issue with lead contamination in the water supply for the city of Flint, the new Wolverine State standards...

Snyder Forms MI Pension Task Force | 02-10-2017

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) has created a task force charged with devising a plan for taking on $14 billion in unfunded liabilities for municipal employee pensions and retiree health care. Snyder named 23 people to the group, which is expected to have...

Don’t Let The Bedbugs Bite | 01-20-2017

Government definitely has its share of insect-like participants, but things recently got downright buggy for the folks at the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget. As the Detroit Free Press reports , workers there had to be temporarily...

Democrats Shift Focus To States | 01-20-2017

With Republicans emerging from last year’s election in control of the U.S. House, the U.S. Senate and the White House, and congressional redistricting approaching in 2020, Democrats are planning to mount a major effort in state legislative races...

Environment - January 16 2017 | 01-13-2017

Environment in MI MICHIGAN Gov. Rick Snyder (R) signs HB 5120 , which requires municipal water systems, upon learning their water has exceeded the federal “action level” for lead, to notify the public within three business days. The previous...

New GOP Majorities Push Dem-Unfriendly Agenda: | 01-13-2017

Republicans won control of a few more governors’ offices and state legislative chambers in November, giving them command of both branches of the government in states where Democrats had previously maintained footholds, including Iowa, Kentucky,...

Business - December 19 2016 | 12-16-2016

Business In CA The CALIFORNIA Supreme Court rules that online travel companies are exempt from paying hotel occupancy taxes. The ruling rejects claims by the city of San Diego that companies like Expedia and Priceline are liable for paying the hotel...

Majority of States Have Expanded Medicaid Under ACA | 12-16-2016

Thirty-one states and the District of Columbia have expanded Medicaid in accordance with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) but left to states discretion by the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius in...

Crime - December 19 2016 | 12-16-2016

Crime In IL Hoping to reduce recidivism, ILLINOIS Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) signs SB 3368 , which requires the secretary of state's office to issue a standard Illinois ID card to ex-inmates at the time of release. The inmates must present a birth certificate...

Education - December 19 2016 | 12-16-2016

The MICHIGAN House approves a seven-bill package that, among several things, does away with a zero-tolerance policy used by many school districts that opponents claim unfairly leads to too many kids being expelled from Wolverine State schools. The package...

Crime & Punishment - December 12 2016 | 12-09-2016

Crime in Michigan The MICHIGAN House approves SB 291 , which would provide financial compensation and reentry services for people who were wrongly convicted and incarcerated in the Wolverine State. It moves to Gov. Rick Snyder (R) for consideration...

Autonomous Vehicle Laws Accelerating in States | 12-09-2016

Nevada became the first state to authorize the operation of autonomous, or self-driving, vehicles in 2011. In the years since then, seven other states - California, Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, North Dakota, Tennessee and Utah - and the District of Columbia...

Business - November 21 2016 | 11-18-2016

Business In Michigan The MICHIGAN Legislature gives final approval to a four-bill package – SBs 995 , 996 , 997 and 998 – that collectively approve testing of autonomous vehicles on a 122-mile stretch of Wolverine State highways. The package...

States Sue To Block Federal Overtime Rule | 09-30-2016

Twenty-one predominantly Republican-governed states have filed a federal lawsuit challenging a new Obama administration rule extending mandatory overtime pay to millions of American workers. The rule, which was finalized in May and takes effect in December...

MI Blocks Flint’s Power To Sue Over Water Crisis | 09-30-2016

Back on March 24, Flint, Michigan mayor Karen Weaver served notice that the city might file a lawsuit against the state over the lead contamination of the city’s water supply. Weaver and other city officials reportedly had no immediate plans to...

Health & Science - October 3 2016 | 09-30-2016

California Signs SB 999 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs SB 999 , a bill that requires public and private health plans to cover and dispense hormonal birth control for up to 12 months (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET). California Signs AB 1668 Also...

Straight-Ticket Voting Stands In MI - For Now | 09-16-2016

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last-minute request by the state of Michigan to allow its new ban on straight-party voting to be in effect for the November election. The state’s Republican-controlled Legislature passed that ban ( SB 13 ) in December...

Health & Science - September 19 2016 | 09-16-2016

Health In Michigan The MICHIGAN House and Senate approve a package of bills to regulate the medical marijuana industry: HB 4209 , which would impose a 3 percent tax on dispensaries as well as creating a licensing system for growers, dispensaries, patients...

Politics In Brief - August 22 2016 | 08-19-2016

Federal Govt Offers to Help States Guard Against Election Tampering In response to recent allegations from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump that the American voting system is open to fraud, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson...

Most States Allow Transportation Network Companies | 08-12-2016

Thirty-seven states have passed laws regulating transportation network companies (TNCs), according to the R Street Institute and LexisNexis State Net’s legislative tracking database. The most recent addition to that group is Delaware, where Gov...

Texas et al Win Challenge To Obama Immigration Policy | 07-15-2016

Twenty-five states joined Texas in challenging President Obama’s executive actions on immigration policy in November 2014, expanding temporary relief from deportation for undocumented immigrants. Fifteen states also filed amicus, or “friend...

Business - July 5 2016 | 07-01-2016

Business In NJ The NEW JERSEY Supreme Court rules that employers may not terminate or discriminate against workers simply for getting divorced or separated from their spouse. The suit stemmed from the case of an employee who was terminated after revealing...