Briefs

Fireworks changes shoot to Snyder’s desk

BY: - December 21, 2018

Gov. Rick Snyder will decide whether to sign off on changes to Michigan’s fireworks law after the Michigan Senate voted unanimously Thursday for a three-bill package. Under House Bill 5939, sponsored by Rep. Jim Lilly (R-Park Twp.), local governments would have more power to regulate the days when fireworks could be set off than they […]

In farewell speech, Calley lauds his family and Snyder, unloads Trump zinger

BY: - December 20, 2018

In emotional farewell to the chamber he’s presided over for the last eight years, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley sung the praises of the man sitting behind him: Gov. Rick Snyder. “You are the greatest governor of my lifetime,” Calley said on the Michigan Senate rostrum. “You brought winning back to Michigan. You saved Detroit. You […]

Snyder signs deer sterilization bill

BY: - December 20, 2018

Gov. Rick Snyder today signed legislation that would bar municipalities besides Ann Arbor from sterilizing deer for more than three years. The Republican governor gave his blessing to House Bill 5321, sponsored by Rep. Triston Cole (R-Mancelona), which blocks the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) from issuing sterilization permits for large game until April […]

Dems drop dramatic ‘dark money’ quotes

BY: - December 20, 2018

On Tuesday, the Michigan Advance covered the House vote on a so-called “dark money” bill that would shield nonprofits that influence our elections from disclosing information about their funders. But we didn’t get a chance to share some of the colorful comments Democrats made in floor speeches against the legislation. House Republicans remained silent on […]

New PFAS report issued as Snyder looks for cleanup funding

BY: - December 19, 2018

A new scientific report from a state task force issued nearly 20 recommendations for Michigan to attempt to reign in harmful chemicals known as PFAS. Conducted by Gov. Rick Snyder’s PFAS Science Advisory Panel, the report first suggests that the state identify where PFAS is contaminating drinking water supplies and implement a strategy to remediate […]

Feds give Flint $2.2M to strip lead paint

BY: - December 19, 2018

Flint was awarded a federal grant for $2.2 million to find and remove lead-based paint from homes across the city, U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint) announced Wednesday. The money comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development after Kildee had previously asked the department for the lead-removal funding, according to the congressman’s office. […]

Bieda breaks up 17-hour Senate session with candid T-Rex shots

BY: - December 19, 2018

Marathon Lame Duck legislative sessions will wear out even the best of us. State Sen. Steve Bieda (D-Warren) found a way to break up the almost 17-hour Michigan Senate session on Tuesday by taking a few candid photos of his colleagues and posting them on Facebook. For fun, he also took the shots with a […]

Elder to lead Legislative Labor Caucus

BY: - December 18, 2018

Beginning next year, the Michigan Legislature will have its first group geared toward working people, whether organized or not, in decades. Chaired by state Rep. Brian Elder (D-Bay City), the nascent Michigan Legislative Labor Caucus will aim to better help both Democratic and Republican legislators from around the state learn and address issues impacting working […]

Bipartisan duo asks Snyder to veto GOP limits to ballot proposals

BY: - December 18, 2018

Gov. Rick Snyder today received an appeal from Bill Rustem, a former adviser to both he and GOP Gov. William Milliken, and Doug Ross, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate who runs a charter school. The bipartisan duo asked Snyder to veto Lame Duck legislation that would erect hurdles to Michigan’s ballot initiative process. House Bill 6595, […]

Detroit schools’ chief: GOP lawmakers treat us like ‘3rd class citizens’

BY: - December 18, 2018

Dr. Nikolai Vitti, Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) general superintendent, says that the GOP plan to create a statewide school grading system has had no input from administrators and teachers. For Detroit educators, Vitti said, it’s an all-too familiar story.   “All stakeholders, even in suburban and rural districts, now know what it is […]

‘Scofflaw’ Robertson wrong man to lead campaign finance change-up, clerk says

BY: - December 18, 2018

As the Legislature enters its final scheduled week of legislative action, the top elections official in Genesee County is again slamming term-limited state Sen. Dave Robertson (R-Grand Blanc). Democratic Genesee County Clerk John Gleason today told reporters that Robertson appears to have a “chronic problem” with campaign finance violations. Gleason reiterated his belief that Robertson […]

Dems taking stock after last week’s loss on wage, sick time issues

BY: - December 17, 2018

Last week’s decision by Gov. Rick Snyder to sign legislation gutting citizen initiatives to raise the minimum wage and mandate paid sick time in the state was met with dismay and anger from many on the left. Among those was outgoing state Rep. Pam Faris (D-Clio), who back in September voted against the GOP-dominated Legislature […]