Lana Theis

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 […]

Veteran elections official tells panel no voter fraud occurred in Detroit

BY: - December 8, 2020

Chris Thomas, who served as Michigan’s nonpartisan elections director for 36 years, told the state Senate Oversight Committee on Tuesday that no election is perfect and some mistakes were made — but no fraud was present during vote-counting operations at the TCF Center in Detroit.   “It is an unreasonable leap to equate mistakes with fraud,” […]

Gov. signs bill to allow remote public meetings, vetoes absentee ballot application bills

BY: - October 19, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a bill Friday that amends the Open Meetings Act to allow meetings of a public body to be held electronically or with remote participation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Senate Bill 1108, introduced by Sen. Lana Theis (R-Brighton), mirrors an executive order that Whitmer had in place previously but is no longer […]

Bills for remote document signing, meetings advance

BY: - October 14, 2020

A bill package that would allow for remote signing, witnessing, notarization and recording of certain documents passed through the House Wednesday.  House Bills 6294, 6295, 6296 and 6297, introduced by Rep. Sarah Lightner (R-Springport), would allow the use of two-way audiovisual real-time technology for any documents that typically require in-person witnessing or attestation. Each of […]

Teachers finally invited to testify about school reopening concerns

BY: - July 29, 2020

Two teachers were asked to testify during the Senate Education and Career Readiness committee meeting Tuesday — the first time educators were able to share their perspectives on the state’s school reopening plans during a legislative hearing.  A number of Democratic legislators raised concerns during a July 15 state House and Senate joint Education Committee […]

Michigan teachers not invited to legislative hearing on reopening schools

BY: - July 15, 2020

The state House and Senate Education committees met Wednesday to discuss reopening plans for schools this fall amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but an important perspective was left out of the conversation — teachers.  Conversations on safe reopening plans, and if in-person learning is a possibility at all this fall, are happening at federal, state and […]

Lawmakers want answers on nursing homes as 3K COVID-19 cases reported 

BY: - May 13, 2020

State senators on Wednesday voiced concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on resident and employee safety in Michigan’s assisted living facilities. In its Monday update, the state reported 3,089 COVID-19 cases in long-term care facilities. Nursing homes across the country have been hot spots for the disease. State officials fielded a number of the senators’ […]

GOP-led Senate pushes Whitmer to change hospital, essential worker orders

BY: - April 28, 2020

The Michigan Senate met briefly Tuesday and urged Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to allow elective procedures to resume in hospitals and expand the class of essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The resolutions could be the start of another week of GOP state lawmakers trying to cap Whitmer’s power. State lawmakers met in Lansing Friday, with […]