Environment

Gov. vetoes bill snatching Nessel’s power, signs ballot initiative limits

BY: - December 29, 2018

It was a humdinger of an evening for term-limited Gov. Rick Snyder, who vetoed perhaps the most-watched legislation on his plate. That was the bill that would have clamped down on the power of Attorney General-elect Dana Nessel, who will be the first Democrat to hold the office in 16 years. “We are grateful to […]

Snyder riles up Right to Life, environmentalists with Lame Duck decisions

BY: - December 29, 2018

Updated, 12/28, 11:30 p.m. Gov. Rick Snyder today vetoed legislation backed by Right to Life of Michigan that would have permanently banned doctors from prescribing abortion pills over the phone. The term-limited Republican has butted heads with anti-abortion forces before, as he’s often said he’s not focused on social issues, instead prioritizing business and economic […]

Snyder signs $1.3B ‘Christmas tree’ spending plan

BY: - December 29, 2018

Gov. Rick Snyder today signed a more than $1.3 billion spending plan. This caps his eight years in office in which he’s touted signing Michigan’s budgets early and presiding over the state’s “economic comeback.” The term-limited Republican signed the 40-page Senate Bill 601, which passed early last Friday morning. The bill sponsored by Sen. Dave […]

Conservatives tell Snyder to veto ‘power grab’ bills

BY: - December 28, 2018

Gov. Rick Snyder has received appeals from two prominent conservatives to veto some of the biggest Lame Duck bills on his desk. Mike Cox, a two-term GOP former attorney general, and Nolan Finley, editor of the Detroit News editorial page, have both made their cases in recent columns. Cox wrote a Dec. 21 op-ed in […]

Snyder signs almost 50 more bills into law

BY: - December 28, 2018

As term-limited Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder prepares to leave office next week, he signed several dozen bills today that arrived on his desk during the frenzied legislative Lame Duck session. One of the bills makes cyberbullying a crime, House Bill 5017, sponsored by state Rep. Peter Lucido (R-Shelby Twp.). The bill is now Public Act […]

Whitmer looking at many options in Flint

BY: - December 28, 2018

Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer’s team today said she will work with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver’s office to continue ensuring that Flint residents have access to safe drinking water. “We’re working with the mayor of Flint,” the Democrat said when asked by a reporter during a media call this morning whether she’ll be involved in offering bottled […]

Whitmer appoints most cabinet members, with one Snyder holdover

BY: - December 27, 2018

Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday announced 10 key appointments to her administration, including new directors in charge of regulating the environment, roads and state police. There is one holdover from the GOP Gov. Rick Snyder administration. After campaigning on a promise to “fix the damn roads” and clean up Michigan water as it struggles with […]

Whitmer pledges to bring back bottled water for Flint

BY: - December 26, 2018

After the Gov. Rick Snyder administration made the call in April to stop giving out bottled water to Flint residents, his successor said she will bring the program back. The Republican’s administration cited almost two years of test results showing falling lead levels in city tap water. But many Flint leaders and residents remain alarmed […]

Missed anything in the busiest Lame Duck ever? Catch up here.

BY: - December 26, 2018

Members of the 99th Michigan Legislature made history this year, sending more than 400 pieces of legislation to Gov. Rick Snyder in the body’s busiest lame-duck session in history. Joe Borgstrom, principal of the Lansing economic development firm Place+Main, summed up a lot of the criticism of this frenzied Lame Duck session in a recent tweet. […]

Updated: $1.3B budget supplementals shoot to governor

BY: - December 21, 2018

Updated, 8:10 a.m. Dec. 21 In the wee hours of the morning, the Michigan House voted in bipartisan fashion on supplemental budget spending totaling more than $1.3 billion. The Senate gave its final stamp of approval, sending bills to Gov. Rick Snyder. The legislation includes funding for PFAS cleanup, the Soo Locks and school districts […]

Updated: Snyder to decide on deregulating wetlands

BY: and - December 21, 2018

Gov. Rick Snyder will now decide on a plan to deregulate some small wetlands that could be filled and dredged after the Legislature approved the bill during a marathon session stretching into early Friday morning. But the bill was dramatically scaled back in the version the Michigan House voted on late into the last Lame Duck session […]

Snyder expected to OK tax shift for schools, roads, environmental cleanup

BY: - December 21, 2018

After a day of dealmaking, Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to sign a budget supplemental that will shift revenue from the School Aid Fund (SAF) to carry out road repairs and environmental cleanups. House Bill 4991, sponsored by state Rep. Ed Canfield (R-Sebewaing), passed the Michigan House early this morning in a close 56-51 vote. […]