Latest Michigan state government News

Michigan set to build a $40M visitor center at state Capitol

Oct. 19, 2019 11:08 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A state commission has approved a slimmed down project to build a $40 million welcome center on the lawn of the Michigan statehouse that will boast adjustable space for meetings and catered events. The Michigan State Capitol Commission agreed Monday to move forward with the...

Former Michigan Gov. William Milliken dies at age 97

Oct. 18, 2019 7:07 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — William G. Milliken, Michigan's longest-serving governor who established a record of environmental conservation and bipartisan cooperation that made him popular among Republicans and Democrats, died Friday at age 97, a family spokesman said. Milliken died at his home in Traverse...

Spokesman says William G. Milliken, Michigan's longest-serving governor, has died at age 97

Oct. 18, 2019 5:53 PM EDT
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Spokesman says William G. Milliken, Michigan's longest-serving governor, has died at age 97 .

Audit: State gave gravel industry influence in faulty study

Oct. 18, 2019 1:54 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Transportation gave the gravel industry considerable influence in a state-funded study that found looming shortages in materials used to build highways, potentially undermining the report's credibility and wasting taxpayers' money, auditors said Friday. An...

Bill to let counselors keep diagnosing is sent to Whitmer

Oct. 17, 2019 8:20 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Lawmakers voted Thursday to update Michigan's law so that 10,000 counselors can continue diagnosing mental disorders and using psychotherapy techniques amid concerns over regulators' plan to revise licensing rules governing the profession. Licensed professional counselors packed the...

Michigan eases ability to qualify for public assistance

Oct. 17, 2019 5:31 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan will make it easier for low-income residents to qualify for public assistance by relaxing some of the country's most restrictive asset tests for people who apply for benefits, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and state officials announced Thursday. Starting Nov. 1, the asset limit for...

Michigan House OKs taxes on out-of-state online retailers

Oct. 16, 2019 5:52 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Many out-of-state websites that facilitate online sales in Michigan would have to collect and remit the 6 percent sales tax under legislation approved unanimously Wednesday by the state House. The bills, which were referred to the Senate for consideration next, would bring in an...

Michigan Senate addresses police interactions with autistic

Oct. 16, 2019 4:54 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Senate on Wednesday aimed to improve police officers' interactions with those with autism or hearing issues by unanimously passing bills that would let people voluntarily designate their disorders when registering a car and getting a driver's license. The legislation...

Michigan Legislature OKs raising age for adult prosecution

Oct. 16, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to bills that would end Michigan's status as one of just a handful of states where 17-year-old offenders are prosecuted as adults. Starting in October 2021, 17-year-olds would be handled in the juvenile system. Prosecutors could still try...

Judge blocks Michigan's ban on flavored e-cigarettes

Oct. 15, 2019 5:38 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan judge temporarily blocked the state's weeks-old ban on flavored e-cigarettes Tuesday, saying it may force adults to return to smoking more harmful tobacco products and has irreparably hurt vaping businesses. Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens put the prohibition on hold...