The public would not be able to obtain certain information about pipelines and other infrastructure under legislation in the state House.
Supporters of House Bill 4540 say it’s an attempt to protect critical infrastructure from being attacked. Continue reading
It would be a $50 fine to sell electronic cigarettes to minors under a bill that cleared the state Senate on Wednesday.
Critics say the misdemeanor and fine imposed under Senate Bill 231 won’t go far enough to limit e-cigarettes sales. Continue reading
A bill meant to improve teacher evaluations across Michigan has cleared the state Senate.
Similar legislation never got out of the Senate last year. Bill sponsor state Sen. Phil Pavlov (R-St. Clair) says Senate Bill 103 relies less on state standardized tests to evaluate teachers and administrators. Continue reading
State lawmakers have approved a bill allowing student groups to sell sweets in school to raise money. Senate Bill 139 now goes to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk.
Gov. Rick Snyder outlined a public safety agenda on Monday that includes parole and sentencing reforms, job training for inmates, and more help finding a job once they’re released from prison.
Snyder says there are data-driven ways to reduce the state’s prison population without compromising public safety. Continue reading
State economists say Michigan’s budget will likely see significant growth in coming years as the economy improves.
Heidi Washington. Photo Credit: Gov. Rick Snyder’s office.
The state’s top prison official is stepping down to take another position in the Snyder Administration in July.
The state Senate has voted to ban prevailing wage requirements in Michigan. Those laws mandate union-level pay and benefits for workers on publicly-funded construction projects. Continue reading
State lawmakers are a step closer to giving Flint mayoral candidates another shot at getting on the primary ballot. Continue reading
State House Republicans say they would boost road funding largely by dedicating money from projected growth in the state budget. Continue reading
Responsibility for turning around Michigan’s worst schools now lies directly with Gov. Rick Snyder.
State House Republicans could introduce legislation to boost road funding as soon as this week.
The state Senate will move forward with legislation to end prevailing wage requirements in Michigan. The state and many communities require that workers on publicly-funded construction projects get union-level pay and benefits. Continue reading
A $54 billion plan to fund schools and state agencies through the next fiscal year has cleared the state Senate.
A number of Republican presidential hopefuls are descending on Michigan. Three confirmed and likely candidates made stops across the state on Monday.
Bills to expand access to medical marijuana in Michigan may be benefiting from efforts to legalize recreational marijuana in 2016. Continue reading
Gov. Rick Snyder says the city of Flint no longer faces a financial emergency. That means a state board will oversee the transition back to local control of the city’s finances. Continue reading
Pro-gun activists rallied outside the state Capitol on Tuesday for their annual ‘Second Amendment March’ openly carrying firearms.
Gov. Rick Snyder is renewing his support for banning openly carrying firearms in Michigan schools. Continue reading
The state House has approved its plan to fund K-12 schools, colleges, and universities through the next fiscal year. The proposal would boost education funding by more than $200 million over the current year. Continue reading
On the same day the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments over same-sex marriage, state lawmakers took testimony on a bill that could shape how some businesses react to the court’s ruling.
The state House could approve its budget priorities as soon as this week.
Democrats held events on Monday to criticize one item that would fund a controversial deal allowing the state Senate to move its offices to an upscale building next to the Capitol in downtown Lansing.
Gov. Rick Snyder says he’s open to the idea of the state taking over debt from Detroit Public Schools (DPS).
State lawmakers could rethink how much and what kind of information schools are required to report to the state.
Schools must report financial, academic, and other information. But school groups often complain the number of mandated reports diverts too much time and too many resources away from classroom instruction.
Michigan families could lose their cash assistance if one or more of their children persistently miss school. That’s under a bill approved by the state House on Thursday.
State Superintendent Mike Flanagan says seven institutions no longer risk losing their ability to open new charter schools in Michigan. Continue reading