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Whitmer denounces Trump plan to clamp down on refugees

BY: - October 4, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office released a statement Friday condemning the President Trump administration’s recent plan to cut the number of asylum-seeking refugees allowed to resettle in the United States almost in half.  In the statement, Whitmer outlines her strong opposition to the decision and says that Michigan will remain a welcoming state to refugees. “Refugees […]

Workers repairing lead pipes in Flint

Flint water meets state, federal standards for 3rd straight year 

BY: - October 4, 2019

Flint’s water system meets state and federal requirements for the third year in a row, according to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE). In 2018, Michigan adopted the strict rules surrounding lead in drinking water. Michigan’s revised Lead and Copper Rule requires all lead service lines be removed over the next […]

U.S. Supreme Court takes on high-stakes abortion case

BY: - October 4, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a high-profile case that could have major implications for abortion rights in states across the country.  The justices announced that they will hear an appeal in a case over a Louisiana law that requires any physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at […]

Michigan secures $2.6M from opioid settlement

BY: - October 4, 2019

Michigan will receive about $2.6 million as part of a multi-state settlement pertaining to the opioid Suboxone.  That’s according to a statement released Friday morning by Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office. The 32-state settlement resolves multiple allegations that manufacturer Reckitt Benckiser Group improperly sold and marketed the drug, which was designed to treat dependence on […]

Michigan House passes bills regulating PFAS in firefighting foam

BY: - October 3, 2019

The Michigan House passed three bills Thursday that would tighten regulations on certain hazardous chemicals found in firefighter foam. Class B firefighting foam is used by firefighters to extinguish fires in which materials like gasoline, oil or jet fuel are burning. In many class B foams, the active ingredient that combines with foaming agents to […]

Lawsuit filed challenging parts of new auto insurance reform

BY: - October 3, 2019

Attorneys representing two auto crash victims and their guardians have sued to declare core elements of Michigan’s new insurance law “unconstitutional.”   The 18-count lawsuit, filed in Ingham County Circuit Court, names two insurance companies as defendants and seeks to strike down two key provisions of the law which passed quickly through the state Legislature in […]

Bills axing Michigan’s ‘tampon tax’ get House hearing

BY: - October 3, 2019

A Michigan House panel on Wednesday heard testimony on a set of bills getting rid of the so-called “tampon tax” introduced by state Reps. Brian Elder (D-Bay City) and Tenisha Yancey (D-Harper Woods) earlier this year. Elder and Yancey spoke about House Bills 4165 and 4166 at the House Tax Policy Committee. The bills exempt […]

Progressive Women’s Caucus members introduce domestic violence awareness resolutions

BY: - October 3, 2019

State lawmakers in the Progressive Women’s Caucus are introducing resolutions to recognize October as Domestic Violence Awareness month in Michigan.  The resolutions, introduced by state Rep. Tenisha Yancey (D-Harper Woods), co-chair of the PWC Gender Violence Task Force, and PWC member state Sen. Rosemary Bayer (D-Beverly Hills), are intended to create awareness for advocates and […]

Speaker directs Democrat to end ‘gun-free’ policy in her House office

BY: - October 2, 2019

Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) says a policy prohibiting guns in the office of state Rep. Kara Hope (D-Holt) is “discriminatory” and has asked her to refrain from implementing the restriction. On open carry day, Sept. 10, when 2nd Amendment activists rallied at the Capitol with firearms, Hope posted a sign on her door […]

Slotkin tells supporters, protesters on backing impeachment inquiry: ‘I believed it was the right thing to do’

BY: - October 2, 2019

U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) addressed her decision to support the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump in an overcrowded constituent event Wednesday at the Grand Traverse Pie Co. in East Lansing.  Slotkin cut her event short, announcing that “the fire marshal is on his way,” but managed to fit in comments about the “imperative” […]

After budget drama, Whitmer outlines areas for compromise before meeting with GOP leaders

BY: - October 2, 2019

After signing the Fiscal Year 2020 budget, albeit with plenty of vetoes, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday laid out a list of key priorities she hopes to address with supplemental funding, saying she is “ready to negotiate” with legislative leaders when she convenes a quadrant meeting Thursday. On Monday, she issued 147 line-item vetoes, which […]

Homelessness increases across the state, especially for senior citizens, families

BY: - October 2, 2019

Michigan saw an increase in the state’s homeless population this past year, especially for veterans and families, but according to the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) this is partly due to better documentation and reporting. “This annual report tells a story about our collective work and it shows that we are making progress,” Kelly […]