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Anna Liz Nichols

Anna Liz Nichols

Anna Liz Nichols is a former Michigan Advance intern. She is a Michigan State University graduate who has reported for several publications, including MLive and Michigan State University’s award-winning student paper, the State News, where she covered the many tendrils of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal.

Michigan Republican pops 2nd Amendment sanctuary state resolution

By: - February 11, 2020

State Rep. Gary Eisen (R-St. Clair Twp.) has introduced several resolutions to protect Second Amendment rights, both at the state and local level.  They include House Resolution 219 which would declare Michigan a sanctuary state and “fully affirm its support of the rights ensured and protected by the constitutions of the United States and Michigan, […]

Lucido couldn’t hold a coffee hour at a hospital. He wants a bill to ensure that won’t happen again. 

By: - February 7, 2020

State Sen. Peter Lucido (R-Shelby Twp.) said he was told by a hospital that he could not host a coffee hour earlier in January, and he wasn’t happy about it.  On Thursday, he made his case on legislation to the Senate Local Government Committee that he said would bar county-owned facilities from denying lawmakers from […]

GOP lawmakers angry over Whitmer’s ‘end-run’ on road bonds

By: - February 5, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s $3.5 billion road bonding plan was already approved by an administrative board last week, but a GOP-led House committee wanted to talk about it at a hearing Tuesday. The Legislature didn’t have a role in that process. State House Transportation Committee Jack O’Malley (R-Lake Ann) expressed frustration with the governor’s State of […]

Transportation panel OK’s Whitmer plan for $3.5B in road bonds

By: - January 30, 2020

Well, that was fast. The morning after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced her road bonding plan to help fix the roads, it was unanimously approved by the State Transportation Commission in a meeting Thursday morning. Over the course of five years, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will now increase its budget by $3.5 billion thanks […]

‘I’d be embarrassed if I were her’: Republicans keep slamming Whitmer’s old gas tax plan

By: - January 30, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said her State of the State address would be “shorter than usual” — and it did clock in at about 35 minutes.  But in that time, she announced several big plans for the state and took a few swings at Republicans who control the Legislature. Focusing on roads, education, jobs and health […]

Senate passes bill for Michigan toll roads study

By: - January 28, 2020

A series of roads and transportation bills passed the Michigan Senate today, including legislation to allow a study that would look at the possibility of tolling high-traffic roads across the state as one way to boost infrastructure spending. Senate Bill 517, sponsored by state Sen. John Bizon (R-Battle Creek), would require the Michigan Department of […]

Whitmer creates Michigan’s 1st environmental justice panel

By: - January 25, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced this week the first Michigan Advisory Council for Environmental Justice (MACEJ).  The 21-member council will advise the Interagency Environmental Justice Response Team (IEJRT), which works with the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) to assure all Michigan residents receive equal protections from environmental hazards. Community activists in areas like […]

College athlete pay bills clear Michigan House panel

By: - January 24, 2020

Collegiate athletes in Michigan could be compensated for the use of their name, image and likeness under new legislation that passed out of a state House panel on Thursday.  The NCAA announced in October it would set new rules allowing athletes to be compensated by January 2021, but two House bills would move that date […]

Stevens, bipartisan lawmakers file brief against ‘technicality’ that can free military rapists

By: - January 22, 2020

There is no statute of limitations for rape in the military, but advocates say a misconstrued legal technicality allows for hundreds of convicted rapists walk free.  The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case reviewing this technicality and U.S. Rep. Haley Stevens (D-Rochester Hills) filed an amicus curiae brief on Monday to the Supreme Court […]

With an eye on the 2020 election, hundreds brave winter storm for Lansing Women’s March 

By: - January 18, 2020

In winter coats and holding cardboard signs, hundreds came to the Women’s March Saturday in Lansing, despite the rain and snow.  Speakers on the Capitol steps talked about changes they hoped to come from the 2020 presidential election, and the courage it takes from everyone to demand better from those in power. Several state advocacy […]

Hospitals, economists join 20 AGs in ACA court fight 

By: - January 16, 2020

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced on Thursday that a coalition of health care providers, economists, insurance companies and hospitals have joined court action to save the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As the Advance has previously reported, 20 states have filed amicus briefs in defense of the ACA as it faces being overturned after the […]

Sen. Lucido sexual harassment investigation results may not be public

By: - January 16, 2020

Updated, 1:28 p.m., 1/16/19, noting the Detroit Free Press’ reporting The Senate Business Office has launched a formal investigation into a report of sexual harassment against state Sen. Peter Lucido (R-Shelby Twp), but the results may not be released. The investigation is headed up by Director Jordan Hankwitz. Luicido told Michigan Advance reporter Allison Donahue […]