The Michigan State Police is working to prevent accidents this holiday weekend. Additional patrols are set to watch highways for speeding, distracted driving, and tailgating. Lieutenant Michael Shaw said troopers are also running a “Click It Or Ticket” enforcement campaign. Continue reading
The Michigan State Police may be getting a vocabulary change this summer.
Legislation has been introduced to remove the “policewoman” classification for female officers. Instead, they would be called “troopers,” like their male counterparts. 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
The state Senate could vote tomorrow (Tue.) on legislation that would ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. But Governor Rick Snyder (R) says he’s against the bills and hopes lawmakers will adopt a different course.
The state Senate has taken a critical step toward giving candidates another chance to be on the Flint mayoral ballot.
The Blue Ribbon Advisory Group is the newest regulatory body created by the DNR to protect and improve Michigan’s public gaming areas.
The group will examine hunting grounds and suggest ways to improve the habitat, and hunters’ overall experience.
Russ Mason is a spokesman for the DNR. He says the effort is more important than some people may realize
“And it’s important for people to recognize that these aren’t just acres that are sittin’ there. These are acres that are critical for the timber industry, the mining industry. These aren’t just a bunch of trees on public land. These are really valuable assets that we need to think about and care for in a very deliberate fashion, and move forward. Because they are, perhaps the catalyst for Michigan’s economic recovery.”
Mason says the group is going to have a lot to consider
“The U.P and the Northern Lower 40 acres of land per man, woman and child. Southern Michigan we’re essentially .04 acres. There are counties in Southern Michigan without a square inch of public hunting land. That needs to be different if we want Michiganders to care about the one thing that makes Michigan special in my view, and that’s their natural resources. ”
Mason says the Group is expected to wrap up its work within 18 months.
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
A state Senate committee has adopted a Republican proposal to scrap prevailing union wage requirements on publicly funded construction projects. Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta tells us the bills now go to the Senate floor. Continue reading
Responsibility for turning around Michigan’s worst schools now lies directly with Gov. Rick Snyder.
State Senator Virgil Smith (D-Detroit) is expected to be a no-show when the Senate gavels into session tomorrow (Tue.). He remains in police custody following a weekend shooting incident outside his home.
State House Republicans could introduce legislation to boost road funding as soon as this week.
Some Democrats are hinting that a ballot campaign could be in the works to bring the graduated income tax to Michigan. State Representative Jim Townsend says he’d like to see a petition drive to put a question on the 2016 ballot to amend the state constitution. Continue reading
Whether graduating students are leaving college, or getting ready to attend, one thing on many students’ minds is student loans. Continue reading
People who were wrongfully convicted would be entitled to 60 thousand dollars for each year they spent in prison under legislation unveiled today, May, 7th 2015 at the state Capitol. Continue reading
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
Voters said no Tuesday to Proposal One by a margin of almost four-to-one. But, as unhappy as people were with the ballot question, they’re still unhappy with the state of Michigan’s roads. So Governor Rick Snyder and lawmakers say they’ll go back to work on finding money for roads – and they will heed the lessons of Proposal One. Continue reading
The loss sends the governor and the Legislature back to the bargaining table because almost everyone still agrees the roads are bad.
A $54 billion plan to fund schools and state agencies through the next fiscal year has cleared the state Senate.
“This is a piece of Michigan road,” he says he holds up a chunk of concrete twice as big as his fist. “This is the kind of thing that can fall on your vehicle or go through your windshield. That’s scary folks.”
A number of polls suggest the proposal may be in trouble.
The Michigan Court of Appeals says a state utility-regulating board should call in a power company to justify a fee it charges customers who refuse to use high-tech smart meters. Continue reading
The goal of the federal regulations was to ensure that students were eating healthy snacks during school hours.