Criminal Justice

Hospitals, economists join 20 AGs in ACA court fight 

BY: - January 16, 2020

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced on Thursday that a coalition of health care providers, economists, insurance companies and hospitals have joined court action to save the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As the Advance has previously reported, 20 states have filed amicus briefs in defense of the ACA as it faces being overturned after the […]

Cheers erupt as Virginia lawmakers vote to become pivotal 38th state to ratify ERA

BY: and - January 15, 2020

Cheers erupted at the Capitol as the Equal Rights Amendment cleared both chambers of the General Assembly on Wednesday, making Virginia the 38th and final state needed to ratify the amendment enshrining gender equality in the Constitution. Michigan ratified the ERA more than 40 years ago, on May 22, 1972. Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy (D-Prince […]

Pelosi picks impeachment squad as House votes to send articles to Senate

BY: - January 15, 2020

WASHINGTON — An Army veteran, a former cop and a congressional aide during the Nixon impeachment proceedings are among the U.S. House Democrats who will soon make the case for ousting President Donald Trump from office.  The U.S. House on Wednesday approved a resolution 228-193 that named seven impeachment managers to serve as prosecutors in […]

Michigan sues 17 companies over PFAS contamination

BY: - January 14, 2020

Michigan is taking on some of the biggest chemical companies in the country in a lawsuit filed in a Washtenaw County Court asserting that they knew of the dangers of PFAS.  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel outlined the case and its importance at a press conference on Tuesday, alleging that the 17 […]

State task force delivers 18 criminal justice reforms to GOP leaders, Nessel abstains

BY: - January 14, 2020

Updated, 9:23 a.m., 1/17/19 Nine months after Gov. Whitmer appointed a Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration to examine and improve Michigan’s criminal justice system, the task force released its final report. It delivered 18 policy recommendations to legislative leaders at the state Capitol Tuesday morning. The task force was created by the […]

Michigan is expected to lose a seat in Congress. Here’s why that’s a huge deal.

BY: - January 12, 2020

WASHINGTON — Michigan is projected to lose a U.S. House seat in the coming years, new data show — a change that would diminish the state’s influence in national politics and could lead to less money for federally- funded projects and services like roads and health care facilities. The Wolverine State is one of 10 […]

The march to reverse Roe v. Wade: Michigan anti-abortion group, 5 GOP congressmen file briefs

BY: - January 10, 2020

Right to Life of Michigan, the state’s foremost anti-abortion organization, has filed to a brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion. On the same day, several Michigan GOP lawmakers signed a similar brief in support of a court case that could bring the country closer to that […]

Lawmakers start year by focusing on human trafficking

BY: - January 9, 2020

Ruth Rondon, who was a victim of human trafficking for 18 years, shared on Thursday her emotional story of trauma, abuse, rape and corruption to increase awareness of the issue in Michigan. “I wanted my stories to be told,” Rondon said at a joint hearing of the state House Appropriations Committee on Health and Human […]

Michigan Supreme Court hears case on former AG Schuette’s alleged private email use

BY: - January 8, 2020

The state Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Wednesday in a government transparency case that both parties argue goes far beyond the state’s public records law.  Liberal advocacy group Progress Michigan alleges it has evidence that Republican former Attorney General Bill Schuette and his staff used private email to conduct state business. Progress Michigan is […]

Nessel, Democratic AGs blast GOP lawsuit to stop the ERA

BY: - January 8, 2020

With Virginia primed to be the pivotal 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) — meaning that the necessary three-quarters of states are on board — women’s rights activists are hailing progress on the long-debated issue. Michigan signed off more than 40 years ago, on May 22, 1972. But as the Advance previously […]

Nessel joins AGs asking Supreme Court to rule on ACA after setback

BY: and - January 7, 2020

Attorney General Dana Nessel is joining attorneys general in 19 states in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to resolve judicial uncertainty surrounding the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The Fifth Circuit’s ruling in December that the ACA’s individual mandate is unconstitutional could unravel the law in its entirety, something backed by the President Trump administration. The […]

From the Inman recall to green ooze: News you may have missed over the holidays

BY: - January 6, 2020

The Advance took some much-needed time off over the holiday break, but that didn’t mean the news slept.  During that time, we had a state lawmaker arrested for drunken driving, further environmental scares and more developments in the ongoing sagas of state Rep. Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg) and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s ban on flavored vaping products.  […]