- Michigan groups eye redistricting ballot drive after ruling Updated: Jul-04-15 12:08 am
LANSING, Michigan - Advocates of overhauling how Michigan draws legislative and congressional seats plan to raise public awareness about redistricting in preparation for a potential 2016 ballot initiative.
- Michigan Senate approves $1.5B road plan with gas tax hike Updated: Jul-01-15 10:08 pm
LANSING, Michigan - The Republican-led Senate on Wednesday approved a $1.5 billion plan to improve deteriorating Michigan roads by raising fuel taxes and redirecting money from elsewhere in the budget.
- Michigan senators spar over Juneteenth slavery resolution Updated: Jul-01-15 7:34 pm
LANSING, Michigan - A proposed Michigan legislative resolution recognizing a holiday that celebrates the end of slavery is on hold because Republican leaders are uncomfortable with the language, spurring criticism from the measure's black sponsor that attempting to change the wording is a form of "white privilege."
- The Latest: Groups weigh in as Senate mulls roads plan Updated: Jul-01-15 5:01 pm
LANSING, Michigan - The Latest from the Capitol on the Michigan Senate's consideration of a $1.5 billion road-funding plan (all times local).
- Snyder signs law to bar municipal wage, employment rules Updated: Jun-30-15 8:09 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday signed a law prohibiting Michigan municipalities from requiring businesses to pay wages, benefits or provide sick days exceeding state or federal requirements.
- Bills seek to increase pensions for some retired troopers Updated: Jun-28-15 1:06 pm
LANSING, Michigan - The Michigan Legislature is considering a proposal to raise the pensions of 96 former state troopers who retired three or more decades ago to ensure they get at least $16,000 a year.
- Audit criticizes contracting practices of state programs Updated: Jun-26-15 4:54 pm
LANSING, Michigan - A new audit finds issues with contracting and accounting practices of two former programs operated by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.
- Democratic Party chairman Johnson to run for Congress Updated: Jun-25-15 5:30 pm
LANSING, Michigan - State Democratic Party Chairman Lon Johnson will step down and run against Republican U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek in the 1st Congressional District, a competitive northern Michigan seat that Democrats hope to swing in their favor with increased Democratic turnout in the 2016 presidential election.
- References to 'crippled children' removed from Michigan law Updated: Jun-25-15 5:08 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Michigan law will no longer reference crippled children after state lawmakers pushed for removing the outdated language.
- New bipartisan effort aims to change civil asset forfeiture Updated: Jun-25-15 12:20 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Conservative and progressive groups are joining forces to advocate for changing Michigan's civil asset forfeiture laws.
- Bills would require food safety inspections for prisons Updated: Jun-24-15 10:29 am
LANSING, Michigan - Prison kitchens in Michigan managed by contractors would be required to have food safety inspections under recently introduced bipartisan legislation.
- New state law buys back vouchers for business venture funds Updated: Jun-23-15 5:16 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Michigan will buy back $100 million of vouchers related to a business venture fund program.
- Who won, lost in 1st quarter of Michigan legislative session Updated: Jun-20-15 9:17 am
LANSING, Michigan - The first quarter of the legislative session was dominated by Michigan voters' rejection of the previous Legislature's road-funding proposal and passage of a new state budget.
- $10 billion to be invested in growing Michigan businesses Updated: Jun-18-15 8:56 pm
LANSING, Michigan - DTE Energy and Consumers Energy have pledged $5 billion each to help businesses grow in Michigan.
- Lawmakers near OK of 'early warning' bills, wait on loans Updated: Jun-18-15 5:52 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Michigan lawmakers are close to finalizing legislation requiring school districts with fund balances below 5 percent to tell the state the assumptions used when adopting their budgets.
- House fails to pass bill allowing online public notices Updated: Jun-18-15 4:51 pm
LANSING, Michigan - The Michigan House failed to gather enough votes to pass a bill that would allow local governments to publish public notices online instead of in newspapers under a phased-in plan.
- Michigan Legislature votes to end movie incentives program Updated: Jun-18-15 4:21 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Michigan lawmakers voted Thursday to end an incentive program used to entice movie, TV and video game productions such as "The Five-Year Engagement" and parts of the "Transformers" series to the state over the past seven years, saving money that proponents said would be better spent improving crumbling roads.
- Michigan task force will look at prescription drug abuse Updated: Jun-18-15 3:54 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Gov. Rick Snyder has created a new task force to address the growing problem of prescription drug and pain killer abuse.
- Task force shares report on preventing child sexual abuse Updated: Jun-18-15 10:21 am
LANSING, Michigan - A task force organized under the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has made recommendations to protect children from sexual abuse.
- Snyder signs $54.5B state budget; lasting road plan elusive Updated: Jun-17-15 7:07 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Gov. Rick Snyder signed a $54.5 billion state budget on Wednesday with a modest spending boost for education and a temporary increase in road construction funding, pledging to work with lawmakers over the summer on a long-term transportation funding fix.
- Michigan House OKs state regulation of ride-hailing services Updated: Jun-17-15 5:59 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Ride-hailing services that allow people to request rides using smartphone apps would be regulated by the state without the option for local regulations under a package approved by the Michigan House on Wednesday.
- In next strike against unions, GOP states go after wage laws Updated: Jun-16-15 1:32 am
LANSING, Michigan - Expanding their battle with organized labor, Republican lawmakers in the Midwest are moving to scrap labor laws that help unions win a healthy share of the jobs on public works projects and bolster trade union membership.
- Michigan tax credit for low-wage earners may be eliminated Updated: Jun-13-15 4:05 am
LANSING, Michigan - The days may be numbered for Michigan's tax credit for low- to moderate-income individuals and families.
- Ex-lawmaker from Grand Rapids arraigned on pot charge Updated: Jun-12-15 5:29 pm
GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan - An affidavit submitted after a former state lawmaker was questioned as part of a pot investigation shows police were told marijuana was being sold to at least 20 people.
- New Michigan law lets adoption agencies decline referrals Updated: Jun-11-15 8:17 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday signed a law letting private adoption agencies with state contracts decline to participate in referrals against their religious beliefs, despite criticism that it amounts to government-sanctioned discrimination against gay couples.