Briefs

Lawrence to help lead women’s caucus

BY: - January 17, 2019

U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield) has been elected co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Women’s Caucus. She will share duties with U.S. Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.). “Working together to support the needs of women and families is a cornerstone of our country’s overall success,” Lawrence said. “I am committed to continue to collaborate in creating legislation […]

Whitmer will comply with federal Flint water crisis probe

BY: - January 16, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will continue to work with the federal oversight panel investigating Michigan’s Flint water crisis, according to MLive-The Flint Journal. The new Democratic governor has pledged to help the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform collect whatever additional documents the committee still needs for the panel’s probe into who may be […]

Medical marijuana dispensaries get green light

BY: - January 16, 2019

With medical marijuana said to be in short supply, the state’s regulatory body on Wednesday lent a helping hand. Dispensaries will be allowed to reopen even without a license. The state’s Medical Marihuana Licensing Board (MMLB) voted unanimously to allow retail provisioning centers to source product from certified caregivers through March 31. During that same period, […]

Gillibrand gives shout-out to Whitmer while talking presidential run

BY: - January 16, 2019

After announcing that she is running for president in 2020, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) mentioned Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” “Gretchen Whitmer just got elected to be governor of Michigan and she crushed it in the last election,” Gillibrand said. The comment came after Colbert presented her with a […]

Neeley re-elected as Black Caucus leader

BY: - January 16, 2019

State Rep. Sheldon Neeley (D-Flint) has been re-elected to chair the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus (MLBC) for the 2019-20 session. Neeley was first elected chair in January 2017, following a stint as the caucus’ first vice chair during the 2015-2016 legislative session. “We’re moving forward in a positive and unified way, tackling the challenges of […]

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Bipartisan PFAS legislation introduced in Congress

BY: - January 16, 2019

Members of Michigan’s congressional delegation are taking action on contaminating chemicals that have become widespread around Michigan. Bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn), Dan Kildee (D-Flint) and Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) instructs the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to designate PFAS as a “hazardous substance.” The designation allows the agency […]

Keenan, Hammoud, Knezek part of AG executive team

BY: - January 15, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel announced key staff positions on Tuesday. As the Advance previously reported, Kelly Keenan will be her deputy attorney general. Keenan has worked in the attorney general’s office under former Attorneys General Frank Kelley and Jennifer Granholm, both Democrats. Keenan served under Granholm when she was governor. He worked most recently on […]

Whitmer to convene 1st ‘quadrant’ meeting Wednesday

BY: and - January 15, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday will hold her first meeting with the four leaders of each legislative caucus, her spokeswoman confirmed to the Advance. Michigan has a divided government, with a Democratic governor and both houses of the Legislature led by Republicans. Whitmer has said it’s a priority to restart the “quadrant meetings,” which lapsed during […]

1st judicial appointment coming for Whitmer

BY: - January 15, 2019

It looks like Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who is in her third week on the job, will get to make her first judicial appointment. Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Vonda Evans announced on Monday in a Facebook Live video that she will be retiring. She did not give a retirement date. “It’s time now for me […]

Michigan Sugar Co. fined $562K for air, water violations

BY: - January 15, 2019

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has reached a settlement in Ingham County Circuit Court with a company operating a Bay City sugar beet processing plant over air and water violations. The Michigan Sugar Company will now pay more than $500,000 in environmental restoration projects and fines, cut back on odors the DEQ described […]

Michigan to issue Feb. food assistance early due to shutdown

BY: - January 15, 2019

The Michigan Department of Health and Humans Services (MDHHS) plans to issue Food Assistance Program benefits early for February as directed by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service. The move is in response to the ongoing partial federal government shutdown, which is now the longest in U.S. history. Democratic members of Congress, such as U.S. […]

Nessel not considering Sareini for any position

BY: - January 15, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel says she is not considering a permanent job for a transition team staffer with a history of domestic violence accusations. “There’s no position that we’re evaluating him for, and nor has he applied for anything,” Nessel said in an exclusive interview with the Michigan Advance. In December, the Detroit Free Press […]