A controversial GOP plan to overhaul Detroit’s schools has landed in the state Senate, and is getting a skeptical reception.
The plan was muscled through the state House in a marathon overnight session.
The state Senate could expel Sen. Virgil Smith (D-Detroit) if he does not resign.
Republican state lawmakers are fast-tracking a bill making it harder to put issues on the statewide ballot.
The Michigan Senate has adopted a 30 (m) million emergency spending measure to help Flint residents with their water bills. Governor Rick Snyder asked for the appropriation this week after Flint residents complained they should not have to pay for water they can’t drink because of the threat of lead contamination.
Bills meant to crack down on teacher “sickout” protests are moving forward in the Michigan Senate.
The bills would define the sickouts as illegal teacher strikes in state law. The protests have closed dozens of Detroit schools in recent weeks. Continue reading
Republican leaders in the state Senate say a $28 million emergency appropriation for Flint should come with some accountability measures to make sure that money is spent wisely.
A bill to allow no-reason absentee voting in Michigan could have a tough time in the state Senate.
The state House approved House Bill 4724 late Wednesday night. It also tied the bill to one eliminating the straight-ticket voting option on Michigan ballots. That means one bill can’t become law without the other.
The state Senate has voted to give big tax breaks to data centers in Michigan.
State lawmakers are taking a three-week break for deer hunting and Thanksgiving.
Republican leaders in the state Senate say they’re willing to consider a road funding plan approved late Wednesday night by the state House.
Talks over raising taxes to fix roads have hit yet another roadblock at the state Capitol.
Gov. Rick Snyder and state Legislative leaders say negotiations are at an impasse. Republicans blame Democratic leaders for opposing a plan to roll back the state’s income tax rate as part of the deal. Continue reading
The Legislature is close to approving the state’s portion of the money to re-connect Flint to the Detroit water system, and eliminate lead from the city’s drinking water.
The state House approved the funding Wednesday and state Senate approval’s expected on Thursday.
Children started showing elevated lead levels after a state-appointed emergency manager – with the approval of city officials — decided to switch from the Detroit water system to using the Flint River. Continue reading
The state Senate has created a new committee which will look into Planned Parenthood’s operation in Michigan.
Planned Parenthood has been under attack nationally for how it handles fetal tissue.