House passes bipartisan bill for election challenger training

BY: - June 18, 2021

A GOP-sponsored bill requiring training for election challengers passed easily in the Michigan House on Thursday, a small spot of election policy bipartisanship in the state Legislature during fierce partisan debate around voting restriction bills. House Bill 4528 was adopted 105-4 in the House. The four members voting against it were state Reps. Matt Maddock […]

House votes to end $300 bonus in unemployment benefits

BY: - June 18, 2021

The Michigan House passed a bill Thursday that would eliminate the extra $300 in federal unemployment benefits for Michigan residents. House Bill 4434, introduced by Lori Stone (D-Warren), was originally intended to ensure the Unemployment Insurance Agency uses “plain language” for “correspondence and documents related to the taxes of employers and the benefits of individuals, […]

Pohutsky: Threats of violence against lawmakers will continue unless GOP leaders issue ‘full throated condemnation’

BY: - December 23, 2020

When state Rep. Laurie Pohutsky (D-Livonia) shared screenshots of an email she received from a Michigander calling for “mass execution of public officials” “very soon,” the Democrat noted that it is just one of many violent, threatening emails her office receives every day. Pohutsky told the Advance Wednesday that she mostly feels “numb” to the […]

Whitmer signs water shutoff extension, more bills into law

BY: - December 23, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday signed a slew of bills into law — including one to protect access to water service for Michiganders during COVID-19 — one day before the state Legislature officially meets for the last time during Lame Duck. All five Senate bills and two House bills were approved and signed by Whitmer […]

New: Ingham Co. orders mandatory quarantine for Oversight Committee participants after Giuliani’s COVID-19 diagnosis

BY: - December 7, 2020

Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail on Monday ordered lawmakers, staff and others who attended the House Oversight Committee hearing in Lansing last Wednesday to quarantine. The reason? President Trump lawyer and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani testified before the body and has since tested positive for coronavirus. “Unfortunately, Mayor Giuliani has been hospitalized […]

Bolden says she has COVID-19 after exposure in House

BY: - November 25, 2020

State Rep. Kyra Bolden (D-Southfield) has tested positive for COVID-19, the lawmaker shared in a tweet Tuesday evening. Bolden says she got tested after receiving notification on Nov. 12 that she had been exposed to the virus while working with colleagues. She has been in quarantine since, only leaving the house to be tested.  Keeping […]

Senate plans for rare Saturday session after COVID scare

BY: - August 11, 2020

The Michigan Senate will meet for an unusual 10 a.m. Saturday morning session this week, the Advance has confirmed. The rare weekend meeting follows the cancellation of sessions and committee hearings for both chambers after state Sen. Tom Barrett (R-Potterville) tested positive for COVID-19 on Aug. 2. The state House is scheduled to meet for […]