Latest Michigan state government News

Michigan AG unveils plan to crack down on illegal robocalls

Nov. 15, 2019 8:03 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel on Friday announced a planned crackdown on robocalls, outlining a dozen initiatives designed to curb the automated calls that in many cases are illegal. Steps include increased enforcement actions, educating people on how they can protect...

Whitmer OKs bill to bar sale of cough suppressant to minors

Nov. 14, 2019 11:18 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed legislation to prohibit the sale of an over-the-counter cough suppressant to minors unless they have a prescription. The restriction on dextromethorphan will take effect next July. Dextromethorphan, or DXM, is found in many cough and cold...

Whitmer seeks to cut opioid deaths in half within 5 years

Nov. 14, 2019 3:51 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Thursday that she wants to cut the number of Michigan’s opioid-related overdose deaths in half within five years, joining with other top state officials to outline several initiatives to combat the epidemic. Her administration announced a $1 million...

Michigan trooper pleads guilty in fatal July on-duty crash

Nov. 14, 2019 10:42 AM EST

ST. JOHNS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan State Police trooper has pleaded guilty in an on-duty crash that killed a 26-year-old man. Twenty-two-year-old Brian Wiles was initially charged with misdemeanor moving violation causing death in connection with the July 19 crash that killed David Engel of DeWitt. He...

Michigan car insurance fee falling to $100 a vehicle in July

Nov. 13, 2019 6:47 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan drivers who want unlimited medical coverage for crash injuries will pay $100 per vehicle starting in July, which will be 55% less than the record-high $220 annual fee they currently pay. The Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association, a state-created nonprofit entity that...

Michigan Senate changes, OKs bill to lift deer-baiting ban

Nov. 13, 2019 6:03 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s ban on using bait to hunt deer would end for at least two years under legislation that advanced further in the Legislature on Wednesday, but Gov. Gretchen Whitmer remains opposed to signing it. The Republican-led Senate voted 21-14, mostly on party lines, after...

Whitmer sets special election for Flint-area House seat

Nov. 12, 2019 10:52 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Flint-area voters will vote in January and March to fill a legislative seat left vacant by a lawmaker who was elected mayor of Flint. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday announced the dates for a special election to fill the 34th House district. A special primary will be held Jan. 7. The...

Michigan lawmaker criticized for comparing abortion, slavery

Nov. 12, 2019 6:36 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan Republican legislative leader is drawing criticism from Democrats for likening abortion to slavery. Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey told Hillsdale College's radio station last week that allowing abortion to occur "at all" is the "scourge of our country now today." "In...

Michigan budget standoff unlikely to end until December

Nov. 12, 2019 5:07 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A budget standoff between the Republican-led Legislature and Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is unlikely to be resolved until December at the earliest. The Michigan House won't convene for voting Wednesday. It began a three-week hunting and Thanksgiving break last week but had left...

Group criticizes delayed release of A-to-F grade for schools

Nov. 12, 2019 3:44 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A conservative education group on Tuesday criticized the Michigan Department of Education for not publishing A-to-F grades for public schools as required under a new state law, saying a six- to seven-month delay is unacceptable. The law that was enacted last December gave the agency a...