A federal judge says he expects to take two weeks or less to issue his opinion on whether Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage is constitutional. As Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta reports, the trial wrapped up today. Read more→
More than 350 inmates sent to Michigan prisons as juveniles are now waiting on a decision from the state Supreme Court. As Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta explains, the court will decide whether a federal decision applies to their cases. Read more→
Life without parole used to be the automatic sentence for juveniles who were tried as adults and convicted of first degree murder. That was until June of 2012, when the US Supreme Court ruled that automatic life without parole for juveniles was unconstitutional.
But there’s a question here in Michigan that remains – what happens to more than 350 juvenile lifers here who were sent to prison before the decision. The state Supreme Court will hear arguments Thursday on that question. Read more→
The federal trial on the challenge to Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban continues today with testimony from a county clerk who would like to issue wedding licenses to gay and lesbian couples. Read more→
The Michigan House and Senate have approved a veto-proof law that will require consumers to buy separate policies for abortion coverage. The question was put to the Legislature by a petition drive after Governor Snyder vetoed a similar measure last year because there were no exceptions for cases of rape or incest. The new law will take effect early next year.
The state Capitol was largely quiet (with the exception of a spirited debate on the abortion petition initiative) on the anniversary of the passage of a historic right-to-work bill. Last year at this time, the halls and lawn were packed with thousands of protesters. But today, it was largely business as usual with no signs of the hullabaloo that rocked the building a year ago. Read more→
The Michigan Capital Building, courtesy wikipedia user Nikopoley.
The state Legislature is in its final week of voting before it adjourns for the year. One of the big questions is whether lawmakers will cast votes on a controversial anti-abortion issue this year. The measure was put before the Legislature by a petition drive that gathered 300 thousand signatures. Read more→