Patients with autism and Parkinson’s disease could use medical marijuana under a new effort to overhaul the system in Michigan.
Gov. Rick Snyder says China’s recent economic woes have not put a damper on his fifth trade mission to the country.
Gov. Rick Snyder is not ready to call on two state lawmakers caught up in a sex-and-cover-up scandal to resign.
Despite getting the go-ahead from a state board made up largely of physicians, Michigan will not allow autism patients to use medical marijuana.
Michigan cities and counties could soon face big increases in telecommunications costs.
A group that had hoped to legalize marijuana in 2016 will instead promote measures to regulate Michigan’s medical marijuana system.
State representatives Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat engaged in misconduct and misused taxpayer resources. State House Speaker Kevin Cotter (R-Mt. Pleasant) says those are preliminary findings of a House Business Office investigation into a sex-and-cover-up scandal involving the lawmakers.
Some state lawmakers say Michigan should make it easier for cities to collect income taxes.
Michigan students will take a trimmed down version of the state’s new standardized test next spring.
A group of protesters gathered at the state Capitol on Wednesday to oppose the legislation. They carried umbrellas adorned with the words, ‘Don’t block the sun.’
A bill that would make major changes to Michigan’s solar power laws is getting some pushback.
Michigan Attorney Bill Schuette is endorsing Jeb Bush for president in 2016.
State House Democrats want to protect Michigan’s prevailing wage law as part of a road funding deal.
State lawmakers are considering taxing and tracking medical marijuana in Michigan.
A conference committee will iron out differences between state House and Senate plans to boost road funding.
Josh Cline, a former staffer for Reps. Courser and Gamrat, spoke with reporters on Monday at his attorney’s office in Royal Oak.
A former staffer for embattled state representatives Todd Courser (R-Lapeer) and Cindy Gamrat (R-Plainwell) is speaking out against his former bosses.
State lawmakers return this week from a month-long break with hopes of passing a new road funding plan.
Action on road funding has been stalled since July when lawmakers left Lansing for a month-long break. That’s after after the state House declined to take up legislation that was narrowly approved by the state Senate.
The state Senate is one step closer to confirming Gov. Rick Snyder’s appointment of a former Consumers Energy lobbyist to a panel that regulates utilities.
The state Senate Energy and Technology Committee signed off on the appointment of Norm Saari to the Michigan Public Service Commission during an advice and consent hearing on Thursday. The Senate Government Operations Committee and the full Senate are expected to follow suit.
Saari told the legislative panel that he no longer has any financial connection to Consumers.
“I have no pension from Consumers Energy. I have no retiree healthcare from Consumers Energy. I have no life insurance from Consumers Energy. I don’t get a senior citizen discount on my energy bills and I pay for my light bulbs,” he said.
“I have no financial interest in any of the organizations that I will be part of regulating.”
But critics of the appointment say his background still creates a conflict of interest. They say it should disqualify him from the job.
Saari most recently served as chief of staff to state House Speaker Kevin Cotter (R-Mt. Pleasant) and former speaker Jase Bolger (R-Marshall).
Because of his former role, lawmakers on the panel quizzed Saari on what role – if any – he played in a recent scandal. Some Democrats charge that he may have ignored evidence that state Rep. Todd Courser (R-Lapeer) used state resources to cover up his affair with state Rep. Cindy Gamrat (R-Plainwell).
Saari told reporters that he believes he addressed the situation appropriately. But he declined to comment further on the scandal in front of the Senate panel.
“I do have a meeting scheduled next week with the House Business Office as part of their investigation,” he said. “And I feel an obligation to communicate through the investigation before I make any other public comments.”
Enbridge Energy is sponsoring new efforts to monitor waters above its aging pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac.
Enbridge is working with the Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC) out of Michigan Technical University to build and operate a buoy to measure currents in real time. That information will be made available for anyone to view online. Continue reading
The new head of the Michigan Department of Education says he’ll act on his own to improve teacher evaluations if lawmakers fail to do so.
Gov. Rick Snyder is applauding Michigan’s largest county for moving toward a consent agreement with the state.
A sitting state lawmaker may argue in court that he was insane at the time of an incident that sparked assault and gun charges.
There’s an effort underway in the Michigan Legislature to prevent the state from taking over local tax rolls.
The State Tax Commission has taken over taxation duties in four Upper Peninsula communities. Continue reading
The state is asking colleges and universities to submit proposals to help prevent campus sexual assaults. It will award $500,000 in grants to help fund programs that are approved.
First Lady Sue Snyder is leading the effort. She detailed the grant process during a press call on Wednesday. Continue reading
A class action lawsuit claims Michigan ignores due process when overseeing tax foreclosures.
The Gongwer news service first reported on the lawsuit. Plaintiffs say the state does not hold impartial hearings so that people can appeal foreclosure decisions. Continue reading
A state board has approved adding autism to the list of conditions that can be treated with medical marijuana. The Michigan Medical Marihuana Review Panel voted 4-2 on Friday to make the recommendation.
The final decision will be made by Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Director Mike Zimmer. Continue reading