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Andrew Roth

Andrew Roth

Andrew Roth is a regular contributor to the Michigan Advance. He has been covering Michigan policy and politics for three years across a number of publications and studies journalism at Michigan State University.

Bills you may have missed, from retail worker schedules to banning nooses as an intimidation tactic

By: - July 6, 2021

Using nooses as an intimidation tactic would be banned and third-party sales of appointments at Secretary of State offices would be banned under bills recently introduced in the Michigan Legislature. Those are just two of the bills members of the House and Senate introduced before going on summer vacation on topics ranging from workers’ rights […]

Bills you may have missed, from vaccine incentives to regulating meat substitutes

By: - June 22, 2021

Michigan residents could claim a $100 tax credit for getting a COVID-19 vaccine and driver’s licenses would be extended under bills recently introduced in the Michigan Legislature. Those are just two of the bills members of the House and Senate introduced in June on topics ranging from vaccines to broadband internet access to budgets. Republicans […]

Michigan hopes to be among first states to adopt digital driver’s licenses in iOS 15

By: - June 14, 2021

Michigan hopes to be among the first states to adopt a feature coming to iPhones this fall: digital driver’s licenses. Apple announced during their annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote recently that beginning with iOS 15, iPhone users will be able to scan their driver’s license and store the information in the Apple Wallet app. […]

Bills you may have missed, from police reform to prohibiting ‘1619 Project’ in school curriculums

By: - June 7, 2021

Police would be required to intervene if they see that excessive force is about to be used and schools would be prohibited from including the “1619 Project” in their curriculum under bills recently introduced in the Michigan Legislature. Those are just two of the bills members of the House and Senate introduced in May on […]

Bills you may have missed, from licenses for undocumented individuals to requiring the governor report travel

By: - May 24, 2021

Michigan’s governor would be required to report when they travel out of state to legislative leaders and undocumented individuals would be able to receive a driver license under bills introduced recently in the Michigan Legislature. Those are just two of the bills members of the House and Senate introduced in mid May on topics ranging […]

Biden praises Tlaib, previews Ford F-150 Lightning and touts jobs plan in Dearborn

By: - May 18, 2021

President Joe Biden praised U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) for her passion relating to Palestine during a stop in Dearborn on Tuesday. “I want to say to you that I admire your intellect, I admire your passion and I admire your concern for so many other people,” Biden told Tlaib. “And from my heart, I […]

COVID vaccine passports don’t exist in Michigan, but a House panel voted to ban them anyway

By: - May 13, 2021

The House Oversight Committee voted Thursday to send a bill banning governmental entities from producing or issuing a COVID-19 vaccine passport to the full House of Representatives. There was a substitute to House Bill 4667, sponsored by Rep. Sue Allor (R-Wolverine), which Committee Chair Steve Johnson (R-Wayland) said addresses concerns that were raised by Rep. […]

Bills you may have missed, from naming a state pet to prohibiting vaccine passports

By: - May 6, 2021

Updated, 2:36 p.m., 5/6/21, to adjust the sponsor name for House Bill 4737   Michigan would designate a state pet and teachers would accrue years of service more quickly during the COVID-19 pandemic under bills introduced recently in the Michigan Legislature. Those are just two of the bills members of the House and Senate introduced […]

Bills you may have missed, from cutting income taxes to banning gay conversion therapy

By: - April 26, 2021

Issuing new bonds would require legislative approval and individuals would see more of their paychecks under legislation introduced in the Michigan Senate. Those are just two of the bills members of the Michigan Legislature have introduced so far in April after coming back from spring break on topics ranging from the pandemic to schools to […]

Here are the voting restriction bills introduced in Michigan this year

By: - March 31, 2021

Last week, Republicans in the Michigan Senate joined their colleagues across the country in introducing a sweeping package of 39 bills regulating voting rights. Michigan stands apart from many states, as it has significantly expanded voting rights in recent years. In 2018, more than two-thirds of Michigan voters passed Proposal 3, a constitutional amendment that […]

Bills you may have missed, from allowing dogs in outdoor dining to banning state nondisclosure deals

By: - March 29, 2021

Members of the Michigan House and Senate introduced nearly 200 bills in the final two weeks before the Legislature’s two-week spring break. The proposals range from offering $500,000 to a special prosecutor who agrees to investigate Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s nursing home policies during the COVID-19 pandemic to a slew of election restrictions to a bill […]

Bills you may have missed, from banning workplace vaccine mandates to increasing LGBTQ protections

By: - March 16, 2021

State lawmakers have introduced bills in March on topics ranging from expanding unemployment benefits to protecting members of the LGBTQ community from discrimination to barring employers from requiring workers to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Republicans control both chambers of the Legislature, in the House with a six-seat margin and the Senate with a four-seat margin. […]