Briefs

Kildee snags House leadership position

BY: - December 14, 2018

U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint) will have a senior position when Democrats take over the House of Representatives next month. The fourth-term congressman will serve as one of eight chief deputy whips in the 116th Congress, joining Senior Chief Deputy Whips John Lewis (D-Ga.) and Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) who report to House Majority Whip-elect James […]

North Carolina gov. who endured power grab fundraises for Whitmer

BY: - December 14, 2018

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, who knows a little bit about legislative power grabs, sent out a fundraising pitch this week for his fellow Democrat, Michigan Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer. After Cooper won election in November 2016, the GOP-controlled Legislature called a special session. As North Carolina Policy Watch reported, Republicans quickly moved to claw back […]

Updated: Union recertification bill is dead

BY: - December 14, 2018

Updated, 10:20 p.m. The Michigan Senate adjourned tonight without taking up a bill that would have thrown up more hurdles for unions. A Senate GOP spokeswoman confirmed tonight that the bill is dead for this term. Sponsored by outgoing Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof (R-Grand Haven Twp.), Senate Bill 1260 would require members of public […]

Snyder to decide whether to adopt puppy mill bills

BY: - December 14, 2018

Bills regulating so-called “puppy mills” that have angered animal rights activists cleared the Michigan Senate tonight and await action by Gov. Rick Snyder. House Bill 5916 and House Bill 5917, both sponsored by Rep. Hank Vaupel (R-Fowlerville), would “act to regulate pet shops, animal control shelters, and animal protection shelters” and seeks to “establish uniform procedures […]

Anti-abortion telemedicine legislation moves to governor’s desk

BY: - December 13, 2018

Gov. Rick Snyder has often said that he’s focused on economics, not social issues, but that hasn’t stopped his fellow Republicans from sending anti-abortion legislation to his desk. This time it’s a permanent ban on telemedicine exams for abortion backed by Right to Life of Michigan and the Michigan Catholic Conference. In 2012, Michigan enacted […]

Peters, up for reelection in 2020, lands key Homeland Security committee post

BY: - December 12, 2018

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) will serve as the top Democrat on the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee next term. That’s the upper chamber’s principal oversight committee. Peters, a freshman who succeeded U.S. Sen. Carl Levin (D-Detroit) when he retired in 2014, is up for re-election in 2020. The GOP is […]

Meekhof pushes bill requiring regular union certification

BY: - December 12, 2018

A bill targeting Michigan’s public sector unions could come up for a vote this week during the frantic year-end Lame Duck session of the Legislature. Sponsored by long-time union foe Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof (R-West Olive), Senate Bill 1260 would require union members to vote every two years, beginning in 2022, on whether to re-certify […]

Snyder makes good on promise to sign Great Lakes pipeline legislation

BY: - December 12, 2018

Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday vowed he would sign legislation that will keep Enbridge’s petroleum operation under the Straits of Mackinac up and running. And today, he made good on that promise. The Republican governor announced via press release this morning that he had signed Senate Bill 1197 sponsored by state Sen. Tom Casperson (R-Escanaba). The bill […]

Legislature again tries to bar Michigan regulations from exceeding federal standards

BY: - December 11, 2018

A bill prohibiting state regulations from being more stringent than those in federal law is now on the desk of Gov. Rick Snyder, who vetoed similar legislation during his first year in office. House Bill 4205, sponsored by Rep. Triston Cole (R-Mancelona), amends state rules to mandate that heads of agencies must not adopt any regulations […]

Bill honoring Detroit educator clears Michigan Senate

BY: - December 11, 2018

A bill that would rename a portion of the John C. Lodge Freeway (M-10) in Detroit after legendary educator Violet T. Lewis last week unanimously cleared the Michigan Senate. The measure, Senate Bill 1137 sponsored by state Sen. Ian Conyers (D-Detroit), is now being considered in the House of Representatives. In 1929, Lewis, an African […]

Harvard Law professor: GOP power plays may be unconstitutional

BY: - December 11, 2018

A Harvard Law School professor, who also was a President Barack Obama appointee, says recent Michigan Republican moves to strip Democrats’ authority may be unconstitutional. Laurence Tribe is a professor of constitutional law at Harvard who helped write the constitutions of South Africa, the Czech Republic and Marshall Islands. He told the Michigan Advance that […]

Longtime colleague says former Robertson aide is being ‘railroaded’

BY: - December 10, 2018

A former chief of staff for state Sen. Dave Robertson (R-Grand Blanc) is the target in an ongoing Michigan State Police embezzlement investigation. But Erika Farley’s former colleague says she’s innocent.   “I have the utmost respect for her,” Matt Marsden, who worked with Farley for years in the Michigan Senate, told the Advance today. […]