Legislature

Whitmer calls on GOP Legislature to repeal Michigan’s 1931 abortion ban 

BY: - September 8, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer urged the Michigan Legislature on Tuesday to repeal a 1931 state law criminalizing abortion after the U.S. Supreme Court last week issued an unsigned order allowing a Texas abortion ban law to go into effect. Experts say the recent SCOTUS opinion signals the fall of Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case […]

Trump still wants a so-called 2020 election ‘audit’ in Michigan, per state GOP co-chair

BY: - September 4, 2021

Former President Donald Trump still won’t let go of his 2020 loss in Michigan.  He called Michigan Republican Party Chair Ron Weiser about a so-called audit of Michigan’s 2020 election, according to remarks made by Michigan GOP Co-Chair Meshawn Maddock. It’s not clear when the call took place.  The call was first reported by the […]

GOP bill bans Whitmer from using warning system — but not the one she used during pandemic

BY: - September 2, 2021

The Michigan Senate passed a bill Wednesday to bar the state’s public threat alert system from being used to inform Michiganders about a new law or executive order.  House Bill 4061, introduced by state Rep. Bradley Slagh (R-Zeeland), was in response to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer using an alert system to tell residents about stay-home orders […]

U of M law professor says SCOTUS order ‘functionally ends Roe’

BY: - September 2, 2021

After days of silence, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an unsigned order early Thursday allowing a Texas abortion ban to go into effect, setting a precedent for other states to pass similar laws. The law, Senate Bill 8, which experts say effectively bans 90% of abortions in the second-largest state of 29 million, went into […]

Dems have pushed to end the ‘tampon tax’ for years. Now Republicans are warming to the idea.

BY: - September 1, 2021

For the past six years, Democratic state lawmakers in Michigan have introduced legislation that would end the sales and use tax on menstrual products.  But, each time the bills were introduced, they never garnered enough support from Republicans that the legislation would make it to the governor’s desk.  This year, state Reps. Tenisha Yancey (D-Harper […]

Why wasn’t the pandemic worse? Federal funds and public programs, experts say.

BY: - August 31, 2021

When Effie Alofoje-Carr saw the stimulus payment from the American Rescue Plan Act hit her bank account this year, she cried.  “It was huge; it has saved our lives,” Alofoje-Carr, who lives in East Lansing with her husband and eight-year-old son, said of the stimulus checks that the federal government sent to residents across the […]

‘We have to make sure that the things that we have fought for don’t get taken away’

BY: - August 30, 2021

Some Michigan residents were among thousands rallying Saturday in the nation’s capital to protest a recent legislation they say suppresses voter rights, particularly for people of color and young people. The Rev. Charles Williams II, Michigan National Action Network chair, addressed the gathering in Washington, D.C. “In 2021, we’re going to keep this fight alive […]

State prepares for possible partial govt. shutdown on Oct. 1, despite ‘optimism’

BY: - August 29, 2021

After a budget impasse in 2019 between Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the GOP-controlled Legislature that almost resulted in a partial state government shutdown, both sides agreed to get budgets wrapped earlier in the future. Whitmer signed legislation setting a July 1 target date to present budgets to the governor — three months before the start […]

Conspiracy-filled House hearing held on vaccine mandate ban

BY: - August 19, 2021

A GOP bill to preemptively prohibit mandatory employee vaccinations saw the light of day Thursday, in a House committee hearing saturated with COVID-19 conspiracy theories and anti-vaxxer rhetoric. House Bill 4471, introduced by state Rep. Sue Allor (R-Wolverine), would create the “informed consent in the workplace act” to prevent employers from “discriminating” against individuals who […]

Lasinski: GOP voting bills passing the House are ‘attempt to stoke fear and paranoia’

BY: - August 17, 2021

The GOP-controlled Michigan House of Representatives voted Tuesday to pass three bills regarding voting record retention periods, qualified voter files and a ban on voting machines connecting to the internet.  The three bills are parts of a larger bill package restricting voting rights unveiled by Republicans in Michigan following the 2020 general election that former […]

Mich. senator on UN climate change report: ‘We don’t have time to sit and wait anymore’

BY: - August 16, 2021

As Michigan lawmakers and environmentalists are working to mitigate the effects of recent natural disasters fueled by climate change across the state, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report last week highlighting that global warming is posing more of an immediate existential threat than previously thought.  The IPCC report highlighted […]

On this day in 1889: Pioneering Black lawmaker pushes back against racism

BY: - August 15, 2021

On Aug. 15, 1889, William Ferguson, an African-American man, entered a Detroit restaurant managed by Edward Gies, a white man. After being seated, Ferguson was told by a waiter: “I can’t wait on you here.” Ferguson, who in 1869 became the first Black child to attend the Detroit Public Schools and owned a printing company, […]