By Jake Neher
The state Legislature returns Tuesday after a two month summer break.
Republican leaders still have some big priorities to accomplish before the end of the year. None are bigger than finding a way to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads.
But it looks like that and other major bills will have to wait until the Legislature’s “lame duck” session in December. Top lawmakers say they do notexpect many major votes between now and the November election.
The list of groups calling on state lawmakers to pass protections for LGBT people is growing. Organizations representing Michigan college, university, and school officials now say they support the measure.
Voters in Royal Oak easily approved a local ordinance that protects people from discrimination based on sexual orientation. The final but-still-unofficial tally was 6,645 to 5,670, or 54-46 percent.
Royal Oak is the 30th Michigan community to adopt an LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance. Read more
The State of Michigan is celebrating a milestone this year. Half a century ago, the state became the first in the nation to establish a Civil Rights Commission. Read more