Michigan Senate OKs state ban on e-cigarettes for minors
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers are moving to ban the possession of e-cigarettes by minors.
Legislation approved unanimously by the Senate on Tuesday would also prohibit the sale of...
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A bottled water company says it will keep free water flowing in Flint through August.
Nestle Waters North America produces the Ice Mountain brand in western Michigan. The...
DETROIT (AP) — Residents who were wrongly accused of defrauding Michigan's unemployment program won a major ruling Friday as the state Supreme Court set a favorable deadline for people to sue over...
DETROIT (AP) — The state of Michigan is placing a frail paroled prisoner in an assisted-living center at taxpayer expense after the federal government declined to deport him to Cuba, officials...
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court says it will hear arguments in July about whether to wade into a dispute over changes in the minimum wage and paid sick time.
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A judge says former Gov. Rick Snyder can be sued by residents in the Flint water scandal, reversing a decision from last summer.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A stretch of mid-Michigan highway has been designated to honor a state trooper who was fatally shot during a 1982 traffic stop.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A law that Michigan's Republican-led Legislature hurriedly passed during a lame-duck session in December authorizing construction of an oil pipeline tunnel beneath the...
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — House painters won't need a license under a new Michigan law.
The law starts Thursday. It removes painting and decorating from a list of trades covered by a state...
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is proposing a $180 million plan to boost the quality of tap water across Michigan, from replacing lead pipes and school drinking fountains to combating...
State halts new psychiatric hospital in Thumb region
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration on Wednesday delayed construction of a new $115 million state psychiatric hospital in Michigan's Thumb region, citing staffing...
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan panel's approval of an oil pipeline tunnel beneath the Great Lakes will remain intact even though a state law set unconstitutionally long terms for authority...
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A top Republican lawmaker on Wednesday strongly criticized Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's proposal to raise taxes on some businesses to help ease the burden on retirees, calling it...
Michigan laws to increase penalties for animal abuse
DETROIT (AP) — Michigan will have stiffer penalties for animal abuse through legislation signed by former Gov. Rick Snyder.
The two state laws taking effect this month increase the maximum...
Michigan woman ready for clemency after 30 years in prison
YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan woman who was granted clemency after serving more than 30 years of a life sentence is preparing for life outside prison.
Michigan Gov. Whitmer blocks immigrant detention plan
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer blocked the sale of a former state prison that was proposed as the site of a privately operated federal immigration detention center, drawing...
Michigan governor on way out pardoned ‘career drunk driver’
TROY, Mich. (AP) — In his final days in office, Gov. Rick Snyder wiped out the felony drunken-driving conviction of a man who pleaded for a pardon so he could seek a promotion as the next president of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants.
Nessel asked to review how wage, sick day laws were gutted
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel was asked Wednesday to review the constitutionality of Michigan Republicans' unprecedented maneuver to significantly scale back minimum wage increases and paid sick leave requirements, which are due to take effect in six weeks.
Whitmer to seek changes in Michigan’s Medicaid work rules
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday that she will ask the Republican-led Legislature to change newly enacted work or job-related requirements to qualify for Michigan's Medicaid expansion program, saying that between 61,000 and 183,000 residents could lose coverage should the rules take effect in 2020, as scheduled.
Whitmer nixes business-backed panels with regulatory role
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday abolished panels that Republicans created to give industries more say in environmental regulators' rule-making and permitting decisions, prompting the business lobby to urge the GOP-led Legislature to reject the move.
Michigan governor revamps environmental agency after Flint
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took steps Monday to restructure and rename the state environmental agency that drew criticism for its handling of the Flint water crisis under former Gov. Rick Snyder.
New AG wants to settle lawsuit over same-sex adoption
DETROIT (AP) — Under new leadership, the Michigan attorney general's office is in talks to settle a lawsuit by same-sex couples who say their rights have been violated by faith-based adoption agencies that don't want to work with gays and lesbians.
A federal judge granted a 30-day timeout Thursday for negotiations between the American Civil Liberties Union and Attorney General Dana Nessel.
Benson questions GOP law making it harder for ballot drives
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson on Tuesday called into question the constitutionality of a Republican-enacted law that makes it harder to put proposals on the Michigan ballot, asking the state's attorney general for an opinion on a major move in the recent lame-duck legislative session.
House leader, AG get behind bills to limit asset forfeiture
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — New Republican House Speaker Lee Chatfield asked Democrats to join him Wednesday as he unveiled the first legislation of the two-year term, bipartisan bills that would limit law enforcement's ability to take ownership of property in cases that do not result in convictions.
Whitmer bars LGBT discrimination, nixes religious exemption
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday signed a new directive to prohibit LGBT-based discrimination in state services or by state contractors, replacing a narrower order that her Republican predecessor issued days before he left office.
Michigan’s new attorney general seeks review of Flint cases
DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area prosecutor will review a criminal investigation of the Flint water crisis and decide whether to take over the cases, Michigan's new attorney general announced Friday.
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Michigan AG to review pipeline deal at governor’s request
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's new governor and attorney general moved quickly Wednesday to review the legality of a contentious state deal to run an oil pipeline beneath a crucial section of the Great Lakes.
Calley takes job at Small Business Association of Michigan
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Former Lt. Gov. Brian Calley is joining the Small Business Association of Michigan, where he will serve as president and lead the group's lobbying and communications efforts.
The announcement was made Wednesday, a day after the Republican left office under term limits. Current SBAM President and CEO Rob Fowler will remain the Lansing-based organization's CEO.
Michigan’s minimum wage will go up 20 cents to $9.45 an hour
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's minimum wage will soon increase by 20 cents an hour.
The increase takes effect in late March and will make the minimum wage $9.45, up from $9.25. The boost comes amid political wrangling that's expected to continue into court.
The $9.25 minimum wage had been set to increase by an inflationary amount this April. But a ballot drive gathered signatures for an initiative to set it at $10 this year and ultimately $12 in 2022.
Lawmakers vote to spend $180,000 for pheasants for hunting
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers have agreed to spend $180,000 to buy pheasants to promote hunting.
The money was included in a spending bill signed last week by Gov. Rick Snyder in his final days in office. The pheasants would be released in state game areas to enhance hunting opportunities.
Snyder, self-described nerd, will use Excel to plan UP trip
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Attention Yoopers: That guy pumping gas might be Rick Snyder.
The Michigan governor released a brief video Sunday about his plans after leaving state government. He says he and wife Sue plan to take an Upper Peninsula "whirlwind waterfall" tour at some point in 2019.
Illinois rejects $8M from Michigan for Asian carp project
DETROIT (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has rejected Michigan's offer of $8 million to support a project to keep invasive carp from establishing themselves in the Great Lakes, saying the money wouldn't be useful for at least 10 years.
Snyder OKs spending; vetoes abortion, online gambling bills
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder on Friday signed $1.3 billion budget legislation that is tied to a contentious plan to shift tax revenue for schools to other priorities such as roads, environmental cleanup and recycling.
A look at lame-duck bills that Snyder signed, vetoed
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder acted Friday on many more measures passed during the Legislature's frantic lame-duck session.
All told, the term-limited Republican signed about 340 bills and vetoed roughly 55 that were approved after the November election — large tallies. He has no more measures to consider.
Snyder signs bill to make Michigan ballot drives tougher
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican Gov. Rick Snyder on Friday signed a law making it harder for groups to put proposals on the Michigan ballot, imposing a geographical-based requirement that may prevent them from gathering signatures for petitions mainly from the most populated areas.
The Latest: Snyder signs bill to require grades for schools
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's action on lame-duck bills (all times local):
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed into law requirements that letter grades be issued for each public school in the state.
The new accountability system will begin in 2019 under the law enacted Friday.
A look at lame-duck bills that Snyder has signed, vetoed
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday took action on more measures passed during the Legislature's frenetic lame-duck session.
All told, the term-limited Republican has signed more than 150 bills and vetoed 15 that were approved after the November election.
A roundup of some of the legislation:
CYBERBULLYING: Snyder signed a law making cyberbullying a crime.
Snyder signs cyberbullying law, vetoes ‘baby box’ bill
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday signed a bill making it a crime to cyberbully and vetoed ones that would have amended Michigan law to let parents voluntarily surrender a newborn inside a device rather than hand the infant to a police, fire or hospital employee.
State auditor: Snyder veto could harm scrutiny of government
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's auditor general is criticizing Gov. Rick Snyder's veto of a bill that would have guaranteed access to certain information held by state agencies, especially information held in electronic form.
Snyder vetoes tax breaks for people who save for first home
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder has vetoed bills that would have granted tax breaks to people who save money for the first-time purchase of a home.
The governor says promoting home ownership is a "laudable objective." But he says he doesn't want to favor some taxpayers over others. His veto letter was released Friday.
Snyder pardons 35 people, reduces sentences for 26 more
DETROIT (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder pardoned 35 people with criminal convictions and reduced the prison sentences of 26 others, his office said Friday.
Snyder's office released a list of names late in the afternoon but refused to provide any other details.
Michigan GOP tries power play before Democrats take office
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Republicans voted early Friday to toughen rules for ballot drives and to give themselves the authority to intervene in court cases, capping a contentious post-election legislative session that critics blasted as diluting the power of voters and incoming Democratic officeholders.
Feds OK Medicaid work requirements for Michigan
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday approved Michigan's plan to add work or job-related requirements to its Medicaid expansion program, signing off on a waiver that Gov. Rick Snyder said also extends the expansion through 2023.
Michigan Legislature spares most wetlands in lame-duck bill
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — An effort to drastically curtail legal protection of Michigan wetlands fell short Friday as the Legislature approved a scaled-down bill that continues to require permits for degrading many bogs, marshes and similar waterways but also makes key concessions to developers.
Former Henry Ford Health CEO is named MSU trustee
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A former health executive has been appointed to the governing board at Michigan State University.
Gov. Rick Snyder announced the appointment of Nancy Schlichting. She fills a vacancy created by the resignation of George Perles.
The Latest: Former AG Kelley urges Snyder to veto bill
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the Michigan Legislature's lame-duck session (all times local):
Former Michigan Attorney General Frank Kelley is urging Gov. Rick Snyder to veto a bill that would automatically let the Legislature intervene in court cases.
Kelley, a Democrat and the longest-serving state attorney general in U.S. history, issued a statement Friday, hours after the Republican-backed legislation won approval in a marathon day of voting.
Legislature OKs online gambling, considers $1.3B budget bill
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Legislature voted early Friday to legalize online gambling and passed a $1.3 billion budget bill that would allocate more for roads and environmental cleanup, despite criticism that it would use money that otherwise should go to Michigan schools.