Tommy Brann

Legislation to expand LGBTQ rights gets GOP support in House, Senate 

BY: - March 8, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Democratic lawmakers announced Monday that for the first time ever, they have bipartisan support in both chambers of the Legislature for key LGBTQ rights legislation. The bills would expand Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA) by adding sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes. There have been several attempts in […]

Which Michigan businesses got federal COVID-19 cash?

BY: and - July 7, 2020

About 121,000 Michigan businesses, nonprofit organizations and other entities received COVID-19 relief aid via Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, according to data released Monday by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Among the entities receiving money: colleges and universities, politician-owned firms and manufacturers, churches and parishes, art institutions and even an abundance of yacht clubs. […]

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 […]

Bills would allow cheaper drugs from Canada, but concerns raised about supply and safety

BY: - December 5, 2019

Bills aimed at lowering health care costs by importing less expensive drugs were heard Thursday in the Michigan House Health Policy Committee, but opponents say this isn’t a viable option.  No action was taken on the bills. The two-bill package, sponsored by state Reps. Tommy Brann (R-Wyoming) and Steven Johnson (R-Wayland), would allow Michiganders to […]

Bills you may have missed: Hate crimes expansion, judicial age limits and medical experiments on dogs

BY: - October 23, 2019

With the fast-moving nature of politics and the legislative process, it’s safe to say that many of the lesser-known legislative happenings tend to get overlooked. In an effort to give some recent bills the coverage that they deserve, here is this week’s roundup of recently introduced legislation you might have missed. Expanding Michigan’s hate crimes […]