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Whitmer signs 1st bill, restores northern Michigan judge

BY: - March 21, 2019

Updated at 12:08 p.m. on March 22. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed her first bill Thursday — and it’s sponsored by a Republican. The Democratic governor and Republican leaders have repeatedly stressed their intention to work together in this new era of divided government. They’ve had some major kerfuffles in the first few months of Whitmer’s […]

Bill Schuette

Supreme Court takes Schuette private email case

BY: - March 20, 2019

The state’s highest court announced Wednesday it will hear a case to determine whether private emails from former Attorney General Bill Schuette should be disclosed under Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act. The Michigan Supreme Court issued an order in which it agreed to hear the case, Progress Michigan v Schuette. And the court said it […]

Multi-million-dollar Michigan computer system continues to fail abused, neglected kids

BY: - March 19, 2019

The $231 million computer system used to track Michigan’s child abuse and neglect cases is so ineffective that it should be scrapped just five years after its 2014 launch, according to an independent assessment released last week by Michigan’s Eastern District Court. That assessment, conducted by former federal Department of Health and Human Services analyst […]

Gov. gets 1st bill, would add back northern Michigan judge

BY: - March 15, 2019

The Legislature on Thursday sent its first bill to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer — a plan to restore the 95-A District Court in Menominee County. Whitmer and lawmakers have been in office for about two-and-a-half months. The Advance reported that more than 400 bills had been introduced in the first two months, including high-profile bills reforming […]

Whitmer makes first judicial appointments

BY: - March 7, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday named her first two judges to the bench. She tapped Kristina Robinson for the 36th District Court in the City of Detroit. Robinson fills a partial term after Judge Izetta Bright stepped down. “Kristina Robinson is a proven public servant who has dedicated her life to ensuring fair treatment of […]