Michigan Legislature

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, […]

Nessel praises lawmakers for elder abuse awareness resolutions

BY: - June 15, 2021

Attorney General Dana Nessel commended the Michigan House and Senate Tuesday for recognizing the day as Elder Abuse Awareness Day and for declaring June 2021 as Elder Abuse Awareness Month. The Democratic attorney general has prioritized elder abuse issues since her first months in office. In March 2019, Nessel teamed up with Michigan Supreme Court […]

Duggan rips GOP election bills, calls them ‘voter suppression’

BY: - April 5, 2021

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan on Monday blasted a recently introduced set of GOP election reform bills and called them “deeply troubling.” “It needs to get stopped right now,” Duggan said during a news conference where he announced new COVID-19 vaccination sites. “There is no other way to describe it. It’s voter suppression.” Last month, the […]

Revamped COVID-19 biz immunity bills move from House committee

BY: - September 17, 2020

A package of GOP bills to shield companies from liability during COVID-19 passed out of a House panel Wednesday, after incorporating feedback from opponents who had ripped into the bills the day before. The legislation has been a major priority for business groups, led by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, which have opposed many of […]

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 […]

Michigan made some progress on vaccinations. But COVID-19 is getting in the way.

BY: - July 20, 2020

Immunization rates for Michigan toddlers fell over the last two years after reaching a peak in 2017, with numbers declining further during the COVID-19 pandemic.  A new interactive report from the Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP) and Data Driven Detroit shows overall statewide vaccination rates have increased since 2008. But a downturn over the […]

Dems warn inaction on guns could lead to violence at Capitol Thursday

BY: - May 13, 2020

Update, 4:41 p.m., 5/13/20: Both the House and Senate have now canceled session Thursday. Check back at the Advance for further coverage.  Fears are ramping up among some lawmakers ahead of Thursday’s session, which is set to coincide with a planned armed right-wing protest that organizers have dubbed “judgment day.” “It only takes one person […]

In heated Friday session, GOP leaders create Republican-heavy oversight committee on Whitmer

BY: - April 24, 2020

While Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the details of her new “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order extension at a press conference Friday, state lawmakers met in Lansing to spar over and eventually pass controversial GOP-led legislation aimed at limiting her powers. The unusual Friday session was called Thursday morning by Republican leadership. On the docket for […]