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Andrew Roth

Andrew Roth

Andrew Roth is a reporting intern with 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.

Whitmer vetoes bill to suspend state’s gas tax beginning in 2023

By: - April 4, 2022

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed legislation Friday that would have suspended Michigan’s 27-cent-per-gallon tax on fuel for six months. Whitmer noted last month that the bill would not have gone into effect until 2023 as the Michigan Legislature lacked the votes to give the legislation immediate effect. To receive immediate effect, House Bill 5570 would have […]

After unusual GOP co-chair endorsements, some question the fairness of upcoming convention

By: - March 31, 2022

Some statewide candidates in Michigan are questioning the fairness of the Michigan Republican Party’s endorsement convention next month after Co-Chair Meshawn Maddock endorsed candidates in multiple races. Maddock, who is married to state Rep. Matt Maddock (R-Milford), took the unusual step of endorsing Matthew DePerno for attorney general and Kristina Karamo for secretary of state […]

Bipartisan senators introduce proposal for permanent legislative oversight committee

By: - March 28, 2022

Michigan would create a permanent bicameral, bipartisan legislative oversight committee under a proposal introduced Monday by Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) and Sen. Ed McBroom (R-Waucedah Twp.). Senate Joint Resolution O would create the committee, which would include eight members total, two appointed by each chamber’s majority and minority leaders. The committee would have the […]

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Michigan GOP House candidate vows to introduce ‘Don’t Say Gay’ legislation if elected

By: - March 26, 2022

A Republican candidate for the Michigan House of Representatives announced that, if elected, he would introduce legislation modeled on a Florida measure known as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill. Jon Rocha, a candidate endorsed by former President Donald Trump in the 78th District, said his proposal would ban “discussion, or dissemination of materials, that involves […]

U of M to settle federal lawsuit, create taskforce for input on sexual misconduct policies

By: - March 24, 2022

The University of Michigan has reached an agreement to settle a federal lawsuit brought by students over the university’s handling of the Dr. Robert Anderson sexual assault scandal. Under the settlement, submitted to U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts on Thursday, the university will fund and create a Coordinated Community Response Team of about 30 representatives […]

Beaumont Health study: COVID-19 booster shots lower death rate

By: - March 24, 2022

A new study by Beaumont Health found that COVID-19 booster shots significantly reduced the rate of death in patients hospitalized with COVID-19 compared to unvaccinated or fully vaccinated patients. Patients who received a booster and were hospitalized had a 45% lower mortality rate than unvaccinated patients who were hospitalized, the study found. Unvaccinated patients had […]

Court of Claims tosses GOP suit challenging use of grant funds in Michigan election administration

By: - March 23, 2022

A court of claims judge dismissed a GOP lawsuit challenging the use of private funds for election administration Tuesday, ruling that the plaintiffs lack standing. The suit, originally filed in October 2020 by Republican voters in Macomb, Livingston and Oakland counties, argued that private grant money awarded to local governments by the Center for Technology […]

House Democrats call for investigation of former Speaker Chatfield

By: - March 21, 2022

Michigan House Democrats are calling for a bipartisan committee to investigate former House Speaker Lee Chatfield and his conduct in office. There is an ongoing criminal probe into the Republican amid allegations that he sexually abused his sister-in-law beginning when she was 15, directed campaign funds to family members and legislative staffers, and gave staffers […]

Michigan has 2,770 new COVID-19 cases since Wednesday

By: - March 18, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that a total of 2,071,587 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 32,419 have died from the virus — an additional 2,770 cases and 50 deaths since Wednesday. The new numbers combine Thursday’s and Friday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 1,385 […]

Changes to no-fault auto insurance reforms stall out for legislative session

By: - March 18, 2022

Proposed changes to Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance reforms have likely hit a dead end for the remainder of the current legislative session after House Speaker Jason Wentworth (R-Farwell) said he did not see a path forward for the legislation. “I’ve spent an entire year looking at every idea that was proposed and working with our […]

Ohio woman charged for leaving threatening, racist voicemails for Michigan legislators

By: - March 16, 2022

An Ohio woman who allegedly made threats to Michigan state legislators in racist voicemails could face prison time, Attorney General Dana Nessel said Tuesday. Sandra Bachman, 58, of Batavia, Ohio, allegedly left voicemails in 2021 for state Reps. Cynthia A. Johnson (D-Detroit) and Sarah Anthony (D-Lansing). “Hey um, need to cancel that bill against the […]

MDOT launches pilot project to bundle bridge repair work

By: - March 3, 2022

The Michigan Department of Transportation launched a pilot program Monday to bundle bridge repair projects together, which officials say makes the projects more cost-effective. Bridge bundling combines several bridge locations into a single contract, which MDOT says streamlines coordination and permitting and increases economies of scale. Nineteen bridges owned by local agencies around the state […]