Michigan

Business - October 12 2015 | 10-09-2015

MI Senate Approves SB 340 The MICHIGAN Senate approves SB 340, which would double the fines imposed on retailers for selling tobacco products to minors. Under the proposal, which now moves to the House, violators could face fines of $100 for a first...

Crime & Punishment - October 12 2015 | 10-09-2015

MI Approves Confiscated Property Bill Package The MICHIGAN Senate approves a seven-bill package (HBs 4500, 4503, 4504, 4506, 4507, 4499 and 4505) that collectively increase civil asset forfeiture reporting requirements for law enforcement agencies...

Pre-election voting restricted in many states | 09-18-2015

In most states eligible voters can cast their votes before Election Day, either by going to the polls during designated early voting periods or by voting via absentee ballot. But 30 states have no early voting period, although 13 of those states allow...

When You Hit Bottom, Stop Digging | 08-14-2015

Which is advice Michigan lawmaker Todd Courser might do well to heed. As the Detroit Free Press reports, Courser recently announced he is on a mission to root out “political shenanigans” by the establishment statehouse “mafia”...

Business - August 3 2015 | 07-31-2015

MI Right To Work The MICHIGAN Supreme Court rules that the Wolverine State’s so-called “right-to-work” law applies to both the public and private sectors. The court also upholds a 2011 law that requires state employees in a defined...

Snyder Signs School Funding Early Warning Package | 07-10-2015

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) signed a package of bills last week aimed at allowing financially troubled school districts to receive help faster during a fiscal emergency. The package, House Bills 4325-4332, collectively requires more financial reporting...

Business - July 6 2015 | 07-02-2015

WA Approves HB 2136 The WASHINGTON House and Senate each approve HB 2136, which among several things directs the state to share marijuana sales revenue with local governments that allow sales in their jurisdictions, and allows them to adopt more flexible...

Environment - June 22 2015 | 06-19-2015

OHIO , MICHIGAN and the Canadian province of ONTARIO announce an agreement to reduce the amount of phosphorus entering Lake Erie’s western basin. Phosphorus is a key cause of algal blooms known to cause fish die-offs and other serious problems in...

Budgets In Brief - June 22 2015 | 06-19-2015

WA Puts Brakes on Transportation Package Talks over a $15 billion transportation package in WASHINGTON have been suspended because talks over the state’s operating budget haven’t been going well, two thirds of the way through a second special...

Social Policy - June 15 2015 | 06-12-2015

U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds TX Surgical Center Standards A three-judge panel of the 5 th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholds a TEXAS law that requires Lone Star State clinics that perform abortions to meet ambulatory surgical center standards...

Business Taxes Outstripped by 'Sin Taxes' In MI | 05-29-2015

Michigan collected twice as much in “sin taxes” from drinkers and smokers than in income taxes from businesses last year, according to an analysis of tax data by The Detroit News . Taxes on beer, wine, liquor and tobacco topped $290 million...

Education - June 1 2015 | 05-29-2015

MI Approves HB 4041 The MICHIGAN Senate approves HB 4041, a bill that would end cash assistance for families where a child is considered chronically truant as determined by school district rules. The families would lose about $386 per month in cash...

MI Voters Reject Road Plan | 05-08-2015

Last Tuesday, Michigan voters rejected Proposition 1, the transportation funding measure put before them by Gov. Rick Snyder (R) and state legislative leaders. Voters made it very clear how they felt about the complicated plan, which included higher vehicle...

Governors In Brief - May 4 2015 | 05-01-2015

MA Gov Halts Expansion of Convention Center Expressing concern about the debt it would incur and the impact it could have on the state budget, MASSACHUSETTS Gov. Charlie Baker (R) has halted a planned $1 billion expansion of the Boston Convention and...

Environment - April 20 2015 | 04-17-2015

WA Approves SB 5057 The WASHINGTON House approves SB 5057, setting new rules regarding the transport of oil via train that would require oil companies to pay for spills and derailments and publicly disclose what kinds of oil they transport through...

Many States Restrict Municipal Broadband Development | 04-10-2015

The Federal Communications Commission issued a ruling in February preempting laws in North Carolina and Texas that restricted municipalities from developing their own broadband networks. As of January 2014, 20 states had such restrictions in place, according...

Governors In Brief - March 16 2015 | 03-13-2015

The National Governors Association sent U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner (R- OHIO ) a letter last week urging him to support new legislation allowing states to collect sales tax on Internet purchases, the so-called Marketplace Fairness...

Potpourri - March 16 2015 | 03-13-2015

Virginia Gov Signs HB 1499 Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) signs HB 1499, which allows women to breastfeed their children in any public place in the Old Dominion. The measure takes effect on July 1 (RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH). Mississippi Senate Approves...