Michigan

One Snyder Recall Petition Cleared for Signatures | 02-12-2016

In baseball terms, folks looking to recall Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) have started out in a deep slump. Last week, the Michigan Board of State Canvassers unanimously approved for circulation a petition seeking to recall Snyder for his 2015 decision...

Snyder Asks for Another $30 Million for Flint | 02-04-2016

Just days after signing legislation to authorize $28 million in relief funds for Flint, embattled Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) said he would ask lawmakers for another $30 million to help residents there pay their water bills. The money would go toward...

States take action on Mental Health First Aid | 02-04-2016

During the 2013-14 legislative year, 14 states enacted bills related to Mental Health First Aid - CPR-like training to help emergency personnel, teachers and others recognize and respond to mental health disorders - according to the National Council for...

Snyder Names Flint Water Panel | 01-29-2016

Engulfed in a scandal that has some observers calling for his resignation, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) appointed a 17-person committee comprised of government officials, health and other experts to implement a long-term plan for fixing Flint’s...

Snyder Activates National Guard in Flint Water Crisis | 01-15-2016

Facing a class action lawsuit, a dozen recall efforts and at least one lawmaker calling for his resignation, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) activated the Wolverine State National Guard last Tuesday to assist in the state’s efforts to manage the ongoing...

‘Gag Order' On Local Govt In MI? | 01-08-2016

The last measure passed by the Michigan Legislature in December began as an uncontroversial 13-page bill that sailed through the Republican-controlled Senate on a unanimous and bi-partisan 38-0 vote. The bill proceeded to be totally revamped in the GOP...

Governors In Brief - January 11 2016 | 01-08-2016

Snyder Kills Straight Ticket Voting Saying “it’s time to choose people over politics,” MICHIGAN Gov. Rick Snyder (R) signed legislation last week (SB 13) that eliminates straight-ticket voting in the Wolverine State. In a signing...

Politics In Brief - December 21 2015 | 12-18-2015

NM Local Governments Spend Millions Lobbying State Cities, counties, colleges and other public entities in NEW MEXICO spent nearly $7.2 million in 2014 and 2015 lobbying the state and federal government. About two-thirds of that sum, or around $4.8...

Snyder Close to Ending Refugee ‘Pause’ | 12-18-2015

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) said last week that he is close to ending the “pause” he enacted on Syrian refugees being relocated in the Wolverine State. In a radio interview with Michigan Public Radio, Snyder said, “The federal government...

Health & Science - December 14 2015 | 12-11-2015

Health & Science In NJ The NEW JERSEY Assembly fails to override Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) veto of SB 2360, a bill that would have required local police to be notified if a person who had once been involuntarily committed for psychiatric...

A No Khaki Zone | 12-04-2015

The longstanding football rivalry between Ohio State and Michigan took on a new wrinkle this year. Or is that a pleat? As reported by Sports Illustrated , Ohio Gov. John Kasich issued a resolution last week before the big game that included not only his...

Education - November 23 2015 | 11-20-2015

Education in WV The WEST VIRGINIA Board of Education endorses a repeal of the Common Core-based K-12 math and English language arts standards and replacement of them with standards developed by state education officials. The proposal is now in a 30...

Environment - November 23 2015 | 11-20-2015

Environment in MI MICHIGAN Gov. Rick Snyder (R) signs a trio of bills addressing poaching: SBs 244, 245 and 246, which collectively increase fines and jail time for killing certain game and protected species (MICHIGAN GOVERNOR’S OFFICE).

Health & Science - November 23 2015 | 11-20-2015

Health In MI MICHIGAN Gov. Rick Snyder (R) signs SB 152, which requires amateur mixed martial arts fighters to undergo pre-fight medical exams similar to those used with professional fighters, including testing for blood-borne diseases and drugs and...

Flurry of Statehouse Action On Daily Fantasy Sports | 11-13-2015

Legislation related to daily fantasy sports (DFS) has been drafted or introduced this year in 16 states, according to LegalSportsReport.com, which covers the legal online sports wagering industry. The bills generally seek to legalize DFS in states that...

Education - November 16 2015 | 11-13-2015

MI Signs SB 103 MICHIGAN Gov. Rick Snyder (R) signs SB 103, which requires school districts to set in place performance evaluation systems for all teachers and administrators that take into account student growth and assessment data (MICHIGAN GOVERNOR’S...

Politics In Brief - November 16 2015 | 11-13-2015

MI Straight-Ticket Voting Ban Fast-tracked legislation moving through the MICHIGAN Legislature would eliminate voters’ ability to cast straight-ticket ballots for candidates of a single party. Supporters of SB 13, which was approved by committee...

Crime - November 9 2015 | 11-06-2015

The MASSACHUSETTS House approves HB 1694, which would make it a crime to profit by fraudulently claiming to be a veteran. Violators would face a $1,000 fine and up to a year in jail. It moves to the Senate (STATEHOUSE NEWS [BOSTON]). MICHIGAN Gov. Rick...

Budgets In Brief - November 9 2015 | 11-06-2015

MI passes transportation funding legislation MICHIGAN’s House and Senate narrowly passed a $1.2 billion road-funding package that will cost the state’s motorists about $20 more to register their vehicles and $1.17 more to fill their cars’...

Business - November 2 2015 | 10-30-2015

Business In MA The MASSACHUSETTS Senate approves SB 2033, legislation that would expand the scope of workplace disfigurement injuries covered under workers' compensation policies to include injuries anywhere on a person's body. The measure...

Education - November 2 2015 | 10-30-2015

The MICHIGAN Senate gives final approval to SB 103, which requires school districts and charter schools to base at least 25 percent of a teacher’s evaluation on assessment and student growth data, half of what would have been required under current...

Health & Science - November 2 2015 | 10-30-2015

The MICHIGAN House approves HB 4843, which would exempt minors from criminal prosecution if they call 911 to get help for a prescription drug-related overdose or health emergency. The state already exempts residents from criminal action for seeking help...

Social Policy - November 2 2015 | 10-30-2015

MICHIGAN Gov. Rick Snyder (R) signs a package of bills intended to help Wolverine State residents who use service animals. The package includes SB 298, which makes it a crime to refuse entry to a person using a service animal or to assault a service animal;...

Potpourri - November 2 2015 | 10-30-2015

The MICHIGAN Senate approves SB 239, which would bar local governments from imposing breed-specific dog bans. The measure is now in the House (MLIVE.COM). -- Compiled by RICH EHISEN

Business - October 19 2015 | 10-16-2015

MI Approves SB 240 The MICHIGAN House approves SB 240, legislation that would bar the sale and distribution of powdered alcohol in the Wolverine State. The bill returns to the Senate (MLIVE.COM). Business In CA CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown...

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...