Legislature

Growing Latino community looks to increase vote share, political power in Michigan

BY: - October 31, 2022

As Michigan’s Latino population grows, Asa Zuccaro said the state’s leading political parties should strengthen their efforts to attract Latino voters. “It seems like the efforts by our country to ensure that people are practicing our civic duty if this is our right and our responsibility as citizens of this country. I feel like there […]

COMMENTARY

Susan J. Demas: Why won’t the House investigate Chatfield’s corruption and sex abuse scandals?

BY: - October 30, 2022

Even if you’ve been in Lansing for way too long, it was pretty stunning to see a former speaker of the House last week accused of running a “criminal enterprise” out of his Capitol office — just months after he was accused of allegedly sexually assaulting a child. This isn’t a name from the distant […]

How Proposal 1 would alter term limits and require financial disclosure for some officials

BY: - October 23, 2022

On Nov. 8, Michigan voters could make some big changes to how the Legislature functions with a constitutional amendment altering term limits and introducing rules for financial disclosures for some elected officials.  Proposal 1, placed on the ballot by the Legislature in May, would modify term limits for Michigan’s Legislature to allow legislators to serve […]

Updated: Here are the election deniers running for the Michigan House and Senate on Nov. 8

BY: - October 9, 2022

Updated, 12:47 p.m., 10/14/22, 11/19/22 with additional information In addition to the top three statewide posts and a number of congressional seats, there are 44 candidates running for the Michigan Legislature who still doubt — to varying degrees — that the 2020 election was anything but safe and secure. Pro-democracy groups like Voters Not Politicians, […]

Here’s a look at the abortion bills introduced in the Michigan Legislature this term

BY: - October 6, 2022

Even before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, sending the issue back to the states, abortion was a hot topic in the Michigan Legislature.  Seventy bills and three resolutions that mention abortion have been introduced in Michigan during the 2021-22 session.  Some of those bills have been introduced by Democrats to […]

Whitmer signs bipartisan supplemental plan funding business tax incentives

BY: - October 4, 2022

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday signed Senate Bill 844, a bipartisan investment measure aimed at attracting and retaining business opportunities in Michigan. The supplemental that passed last week includes $846.1 million total for SOAR (Strategic Outreach and Attraction Reserve Fund), one of the state’s economic development funds. That includes $640 million being added with $200 […]

Conspiracy theorists flood the election process, set sights on monitoring ballot drop boxes

BY: - October 3, 2022

In the 2020 presidential election, there were upwards of 150 poll workers in Detroit.  Then came the onslaught of right-wing conspiracy theories and lies that the 2020 election was stolen from former President Donald Trump – and the baseless claim that heavily Democratic Detroit had played a starring role.  In the wake of these lies, […]

House resolutions celebrating Hispanic, Maltese-American and deaf communities finally pass 

BY: - September 30, 2022

After initially being shunted off to committee, three resolutions celebrating the state’s Hispanic, Maltese-American and deaf communities were finally approved by the Michigan House this week.  While the non-binding resolutions are typically non-controversial and pass on bipartisan votes, these three sponsored by Democrats were initially sent to the Government Operations Committee, normally a repository for […]

Legislature OKs $1B bipartisan spending plan for business tax breaks, scholarships and more

BY: - September 28, 2022

Updated, 9:06 p.m. 9/28/22, with additional comments During the Legislature’s final scheduled voting day before the post-election lame duck session, a $1 billion supplemental spending plan made it to the finish line as night fell in Lansing. Senate Bills 842 and 844 have been approved by both the state House and Senate. Michigan currently has […]

House Republicans again shut down Dems’ attempt to repeal Michigan’s 1931 abortion ban

BY: and - September 28, 2022

Republicans who control the state House on Wednesday shut down an attempt from Democrats to tie-bar every bill being considered to a measure that would repeal Michigan’s 1931 abortion ban, declaring the effort “dilatory.” The gag rule used by the GOP majority is a rarely used mechanism that has not been seen in the House […]

Schools and childcare centers would get lead-free water filters under bills passed in the Senate

BY: - September 26, 2022

Two bills that streamline improving water quality in schools and childcare centers passed the Michigan Senate last week. The bills would install lead-free water filters and develop other water safety plans to be implemented in schools and childcare centers.  Senate Bills 184 and 185 were introduced by Sens. Curtis VanderWall (R-Ludington) and Jim Ananich (D-Flint). […]

House Republicans block resolutions celebrating Hispanic, Maltese-American and deaf communities

BY: - September 22, 2022

Three resolutions celebrating the state’s Hispanic, Maltese-American and deaf communities were sent to a House committee Wednesday where they will likely sit and wilt.  Such nonbinding resolutions are typically considered non-controversial and pass on bipartisan votes. But Wednesday’s session in the GOP-controlled House, the first in months, turned long and contentious as the Nov. 8 […]