Courts

Whitmer wants court to halt Medicaid work mandate

BY: - February 25, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says an estimated 80,000 Michiganders could lose Healthy Michigan coverage thanks to Medicaid work requirements and she’s asking for a court to declare them unlawful. She has filed a motion for a partial summary judgement in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The Democratic governor also renewed her call […]

Michigan Dem chair blasts GOP for fighting voting rights suits

BY: - February 21, 2020

During a voting rights roundtable held in Detroit on Friday, Michigan Democratic Party (MDP) Chair Lavora Barnes called out the GOP and the Republican National Committee (RNC) for “rigging the game.” This comes after the RNC announced $10 million for a motion to intervene and challenge several voting-related lawsuits. As the Advance previously reported, Priorities […]

AG joins legal brief to urge federal action on clean energy

BY: - February 19, 2020

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined attorneys general from three more states, plus the District of Columbia and California’s clean air agency, in a legal brief urging the federal government to uphold orders to help states promote clean energy. The amici curiae, or “friend of the court,” brief was filed on Feb. 7 on […]

COMMENTARY

Column: DACA decision isn’t just about Dreamers — it’s about whether the White House has to tell the truth

BY: - February 18, 2020

The fate of 700,000 people facing deportation may hang on a new question facing the U.S. Supreme Court: Is the White House legally obligated to tell the whole truth when justifying its actions? In November, justices heard arguments over the administration’s decision to rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. This Obama-era provision halted […]

Key Line 5 legal challenge could wrap soon

BY: - February 18, 2020

Canadian oil company Enbridge has not yet shown that its ongoing installation of support anchors along the controversial Line 5 pipeline complies with environmental protection laws, according to a new ruling issued by Administrative Law Judge Daniel L. Pulter. The 18-page order made public last week rejected all but one of the petitioners’ legal challenges […]

Supreme Court to hear ballot measure restriction case in March

BY: - February 15, 2020

The Michigan Supreme Court on Friday announced it will hear oral arguments next month on a 2018 Republican law that clamps down on the process for citizen-led ballot initiatives. Arguments are scheduled for March 11 in League of Women Voters v. Secretary of State. In 2018, three progressive ballot measures passed. During Lame Duck, Republicans sought […]

Michigan Dems vote to remove ERA obstacle

BY: - February 13, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted on Thursday to remove one barrier to adding the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the U.S. Constitution, but plenty of legal and political obstacles remain. The House voted 232-183 on Thursday — largely along partisan lines — to approve a resolution that would remove an expired congressional deadline for the ratification of a […]

States sue to have ERA recognized as 28th amendment

BY: and - February 12, 2020

Nevada, Virginia and Illinois are fighting to ensure the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) becomes the 28th Amendment to the Constitution.  Virginia voted last month to ratify the ERA, securing the required number of 38 states needed for it to be adopted as a Constitutional amendment. Michigan ratified the ERA more than 40 years ago, on […]

Bills you may have missed: Clamping down on millage renewals, banning fossil fuels 

BY: - February 11, 2020

During an eventful start to the year, state lawmakers are busy introducing bills they hope to see passed in 2020.  Here is this week’s Michigan Advance roundup of recently introduced legislation you may have missed. Millage renewal restrictions State Rep. Pamela Hornberger (R-Chesterfield Twp.) introduced a bill in January that would limit the time frame […]

Michigan Supreme Court delays private school funding case

BY: - February 6, 2020

The Michigan Supreme Court will not hear oral arguments in March on a case deciding whether the state Legislature can spend public money on private schools. As the Advance previously reported, the Supreme Court was scheduled to hold arguments on March 4 and 5 in Council of Organizations v. State of Michigan. But the court […]

COMMENTARY

Column: After economic and criminal justice wins, here’s what Michigan leaders should focus on in 2020

BY: - February 6, 2020

What a difference a year makes. This time last winter, Michigan was enduring a historic cold snap. And we were coming off of a major election, starting a new legislative session and a new governor’s term. And the Michigan League for Public Policy was launching our Owner’s Manual for Michigan to help guide them.  We’ve certainly seen […]

Trump made his pitch for 4 more years. Pelosi ripped up the speech.

BY: - February 5, 2020

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump delivered his third — and possibly final — State of the Union address Tuesday night on the floor of the U.S. House, where he was impeached in December.  And the partisan animosity that has gripped Washington throughout the impeachment proceedings was on stark display throughout the annual speech by the […]