Bills you may have missed, from allowing dogs in outdoor dining to banning state nondisclosure deals

BY: - March 29, 2021

Members of the Michigan House and Senate introduced nearly 200 bills in the final two weeks before the Legislature’s two-week spring break. The proposals range from offering $500,000 to a special prosecutor who agrees to investigate Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s nursing home policies during the COVID-19 pandemic to a slew of election restrictions to a bill […]

Officials warn against heartworm, parasite medication for COVID-19

BY: - April 17, 2020

If you’re worried about COVID-19, don’t reach for your pet’s heartworm prescription. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) are warning Michiganders against using ivermectin, a drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that prevents heartworm disease in small animals […]

As COVID-19 cases soar past 6K, gov. restricts veterinary procedures

BY: - March 31, 2020

An order signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday temporarily restricts non-essential veterinary procedures during the outbreak of COVID-19, a disease caused by a new coronavirus. The order defines “non-essential veterinary services” as all services other than those necessary to preserve the life of a pet; to treat serious pain that threatens the health and […]

Bills you may have missed: Suicide prevention, dog safety in extreme weather

BY: - March 6, 2020

State representatives recently have introduced bills aiming to protect private property, highlighting suicide prevention and mental health needs in schools, and protecting dogs from extremely hot and cold weather.  Protecting private property In late February, State Rep. Beau LaFave (R-Iron Mountain) introduced House Bill 5540. The bill would prohibit any Department of Natural Resources (DNR) […]

Bills you may have missed: Textbook tax breaks, cat declawing ban

BY: - February 21, 2020

The Michigan Advance has rounded up recent bills recently introduced by Michigan lawmakers. Those bills include the possible ban on declawing cats in Michigan, creating tax breaks for some college students when purchasing textbooks and installing accessible changing stations in public restrooms. Cat declawing ban This week, state Rep. Nate Shannon (D-Sterling Heights) introduced House […]

Bills you may have missed: Universal background checks, pet scams and plugging Nestlé water loophole

BY: - December 8, 2019

December is set to be a busy month in the Michigan Legislature, with a flurry of new bills being introduced and long-idle state budget negotiations finally gaining ground. Here is the Michigan Advance roundup of noteworthy recent legislation you may have missed. Expanding universal background checks On Thursday, six Democrats from both chambers introduced legislation […]