Laina G. Stebbins

Laina G. Stebbins

Laina G. Stebbins covers the environment, Native issues and criminal justice for the Advance. A lifelong Michigander, she is a graduate of Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, where she served as Founding Editor of The Tab Michigan State and as a reporter for the Capital News Service. When Laina is not writing or spending time with her cats, she loves art and design, listening to music, playing piano, enjoying good food and being out in nature (especially Up North).

Michigan House adopts pro-2nd Amendment resolution on Moms Demand Action day

By: - February 25, 2020

Michigan’s Republican-led state House voted Tuesday afternoon to adopt a resolution reaffirming the right of residents to keep and bear arms. House Resolution 227 is one of several resolutions that state Rep. Gary Eisen (R-St. Clair Twp.) has introduced at both the state and local level to uphold citizens’ rights to bear arms. The measures […]

Buttigieg tweets opposition to Line 5

By: - February 24, 2020

Updated, 8:35 p.m. 2/24/20 with comments from AG Nessel In a tweet Monday evening, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg became the second Democratic presidential contender currently in the race to call for Enbridge’s controversial Line 5 oil pipeline to be decommissioned. “With such a high risk of an oil spill under the Great […]

Enviros applaud state for rejecting DTE Energy’s 15-year plan

By: - February 24, 2020

One of Michigan’s largest public utilities must go back to the drawing board and come up with a better plan to provide electricity to customers over the next 15 years, a state regulatory body decided last week. Detroit-based DTE Energy, which provides electricity in Michigan to 2.2 million customers and natural gas to 1.3 million, […]

House Dems call on EPA for stronger Lead and Copper Rule

By: - February 21, 2020

A group of 50 House Democrats led by U.S. Rep. Haley Stevens (D-Rochester Hills) is pushing for more robust federal rules for protecting consumers against lead and copper in their drinking water. In a letter sent Tuesday to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler, the Democrats urged the federal agency to strengthen proposed changes […]

Tlaib slams census for leaving out Middle Eastern, North African people

By: - February 20, 2020

In a testy exchange with the U.S Census Bureau director last week, U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) slammed the bureau’s failure to include more diverse demographic information for people of Middle Eastern and North African descent. The moment garnered social media attention on Wednesday when the news organization NowThis News posted a video on Twitter […]

AG joins legal brief to urge federal action on clean energy

By: - February 19, 2020

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined attorneys general from three more states, plus the District of Columbia and California’s clean air agency, in a legal brief urging the federal government to uphold orders to help states promote clean energy. The amici curiae, or “friend of the court,” brief was filed on Feb. 7 on […]

Key Line 5 legal challenge could wrap soon

By: - February 18, 2020

Canadian oil company Enbridge has not yet shown that its ongoing installation of support anchors along the controversial Line 5 pipeline complies with environmental protection laws, according to a new ruling issued by Administrative Law Judge Daniel L. Pulter. The 18-page order made public last week rejected all but one of the petitioners’ legal challenges […]

DHHS Chief Gordon: Foster care should be ‘treated as a last resort’

By: - February 15, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget includes investments her administration says would result in fewer kids being moved into the foster care system. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) would see a boost of $8.6 million, with $5.4 million coming from the state’s General Fund, to address problems that often lead […]

Bipartisan officials are worried about Michigan’s high water levels and erosion. Can they agree on a solution?

By: - February 12, 2020

Local, state and federal officials convened this week at Lansing Community College’s West Campus for an all-day summit, called for by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, to address record high water levels across the state and collaborate on solutions going forward. “As we deal with rising lake levels, there aren’t a lot of things that stop Mother […]

Nessel: Michigan should vote first, not Iowa or N.H.

By: - February 11, 2020

In a Twitter exchange with former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm on Tuesday, Attorney General Dana Nessel slyly suggested that Michigan would be a better choice to vote first in presidential elections than Iowa or New Hampshire. Granholm tweeted Monday night that she is “frustrated at the disproportionate impact of two white states affecting candidate momentum,” […]

Bloomberg wants to turn Michigan blue in ‘20 at all costs — literally

By: - February 9, 2020

With a highly unconventional campaign strategy and no shortage of funds, billionaire former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg is laying the groundwork for Michigan to vote blue in November – even if he’s not the Democratic presidential nominee. Bloomberg’s huge investments in battleground states like Michigan come as the rest of the Democratic field travels to […]

Enviro protections bolstered in gov’s 2021 budget proposal

By: - February 6, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s $61.9 billion second executive budget proposal includes a sizable boost in funding for climate change adaptations, clean drinking water, Asian carp prevention and other environmental protections. “Climate and water” was one of three top strategic investment areas prioritized in Whitmer’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 budget, as state Budget Director Chris Kolb laid […]