Laina G. Stebbins

Laina G. Stebbins

Laina G. Stebbins is a former Michigan Advance reporter. 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.

Whitmer, Greig agree their relationship is ‘fine’ after K-12 budget split

By: and - September 23, 2019

Michigan has a week to go to get next year’s state budget in place, and the Legislature is expected to approve a slew of conference reports during long Tuesday sessions. Even without the Legislature in session on Monday, there was no shortage of drama, with state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) suggesting some of […]

Activists demand bold action at Lansing climate strike

By: - September 20, 2019

Updated, 2:43 p.m. 9/22/19 with comments from Sen. Peters’ office “What do we want?” “Green New Deal!” “When do we want it?” “Now!” Several hundred people, led by students and young activists, congregated at the Lansing Capitol steps Friday afternoon to chant, march and demand bold action from government leaders on climate change. The […]

Republicans change primary rules to give Trump better shot at winning Michigan

By: - September 19, 2019

The Michigan Republican Party is making it much more likely that President Donald Trump will win the state’s presidential primary in March 2020. The new rules instituted by the party this year raise the percentage of the statewide vote needed to receive any of Michigan’s delegates to 20%, up from 15% in 2016, MLive reported. […]

Bills would revamp prison sentences, prioritize ‘smart justice’ over punishment

By: - September 18, 2019

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan officials stood alongside a bipartisan group of lawmakers on the Capitol steps Wednesday afternoon to unveil a new bipartisan plan for sentencing reform legislation. The proposed bill package, introduced by state Sen. Curt VanderWall (R-Ludington), state Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) and state Sen. Sylvia Santana (D-Detroit), is […]

Flavored vaping products ban effective immediately in Michigan

By: - September 18, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency rules banning flavored vaping products were released on Wednesday and are effective immediately, according to an announcement from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). All retailers and resellers will have 14 days to comply with the new rules, including online sellers. The statement on Wednesday cites the […]

Nugent wants deer-baiting ban lifted, bashes wildlife officials and scientists

By: - September 17, 2019

Musician and outspoken Republican activist Ted Nugent was the star attraction at a state House committee meeting Tuesday morning, where he argued in fervent support of House Bill 4687 to lift the ban on certain deer and elk hunting regulations in the state. “Banning feeding and baiting is a guaranteed destruction, further destruction, of this […]

Additional sexual assault charge filed against former Flint-area priest

By: - September 17, 2019

One of the five Michigan priests charged with sexual assault earlier this year now faces an additional felony charge, according to Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office. Vincent DeLorenzo, 80, was one of the first five priests charged by Nessel’s office in late May. He had originally been charged with three counts of first-degree and three […]