Briefs

Black caucus official blasts Whitmer’s pick to head state police

BY: - December 27, 2018

A leading critic of the Michigan State Police has given Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer’s choice to head the agency a thumbs-down. Whitmer has tapped Captain Joe Gasper, a white male, to lead Michigan State Police (MSP). Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (D-Detroit) told the Advance she is “very disappointed.” “Many African-Americans took a chance pushing for historic change,” […]

Incoming Michigan congressional members head to Harvard

BY: - December 27, 2018

Two newly elected Democratic members of Michigan’s congressional delegation recently shared their thoughts on an early-December trip to Harvard University that included some of the country’s top business executives. U.S. Reps.-elect Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) were among the newly-elected congressional representatives to take part in a semi-annual retreat hosted by the […]

On this day: Moderate Republican vetoes Democratic-led abortion bill

BY: - December 27, 2018

It was a different time, to be sure.   On this day in 1978, Michigan Gov. William Milliken vetoed a bill to ban state-funded abortions. “This bill effectively would deny poor women of this state the same opportunity to exercise the same legal rights as other members of society,” the Traverse City Republican said at […]

Snyder to weigh cyber school teaching hour changes

BY: - December 21, 2018

During an all-night Lame Duck session, the Michigan House sent Gov. Rick Snyder a bill that Democrats worry could allow cyber schools to count kids among their tutelage they’re not actually educating. House Bill 5907, sponsored by state Rep. Ben Frederick (R-Owosso), passed the House 58-45 early Friday morning along party lines just before adjournment. […]

Feds approve ‘Healthy Michigan’ plan with new work requirements

BY: - December 21, 2018

The federal government has approved an amended Medicaid plan in Michigan that puts in place new work requirements for coverage. In a tweet on Friday afternoon, Seema Verma, administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it had approved the amendment to the “Healthy Michigan” plan that expanded healthcare coverage under […]

Singh counts GOP rival as friend in farewell speech

BY: - December 21, 2018

In a lengthy farewell speech thanking friends, family and colleagues who helped him during a six-year stint in the state House, Minority Leader Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) says he counts the leader on the other side of the aisle a his dear friend. Singh, who was first elected to the House in 2012, thanked his […]

They’re baaack: Bieda busts out more T-Rex Lame Duck photos

BY: - December 21, 2018

Back by popular demand, here are more of state Sen. Steve Bieda’s candid dinosaur photos from the Lame Duck all-nighter. The Senate, which came to order at 10 a.m. Thursday, finally adjourned around 7:30 a.m. Friday. Bieda (D-Warren) had plenty of time to place the Tyrannosaurus Rex figurine — a gift from a constituent — in […]

Leonard touts improved mental health access in farewell speech

BY: - December 21, 2018

During a marathon session Thursday night, outgoing state House Speaker Tom Leonard (R-DeWitt) delivered his farewell speech, touting improved mental health care access and elimination of driver responsibility fees as his top accomplishments. The term-limited speaker mounted an unsuccessful run for Attorney General in 2018. Gov. Rick Snyder was there for his speech Thursday. Leonard […]

Bill naming part of M-10 for Detroit educator awaits Snyder’s pen

BY: - December 21, 2018

A bill that would rename a portion of the John C. Lodge Freeway (M-10) in Detroit after legendary educator Violet T. Lewis overwhelmingly cleared the Michigan House on Thursday. The vote was 101-8 and the bill now heads to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk. The Advance reported that Senate Bill 1137, sponsored by state Sen. Ian […]

Michigan Senate bets on internet gambling

BY: - December 21, 2018

The Michigan Senate voted Thursday night to approve a series of bills legalizing online gambling in Detroit and tribal casinos. House Bills 4926, 4927 and 5881, all sponsored by state Rep. Brandt Iden (R-Portage), had already passed the House in June. The Senate amended the bills to ensure that Detroit would continue to receive a minimum $179 […]

Snyder signs bill allowing non-certified teachers in classrooms

BY: and - December 21, 2018

Gov. Rick Snyder earlier today signed a bill that will allow those with professional career expertise to substitute teach in grades 9-12 without a teaching certificate. “This legislation will help schools fill teacher shortages in programs that offer high-demand career skills so that our students can be prepared for a 21st century economy,” said Snyder, […]

Meekhof praises Ananich as ‘ally and foe’ in goodbye speech

BY: - December 21, 2018

State Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof (R-Grand Haven), tonight gave his final speech on the floor of Michigan’s upper chamber as Gov. Rick Snyder watched. Meekhof, who is term-limited, reflected on his legacy, saying that the job changed him. “I’m not the same person who marveled at my name on the plaque next to the […]