Latest Michigan state government News

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...

James cuts into Peters' cash edge in Michigan Senate race

Oct. 15, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican challenger John James cut into Sen. Gary Peters' financial edge by raising $3.1 million in the last quarter, or nearly $600,000 more than was collected by the first-term Democrat. Peters still has the overall advantage, with $6.3 million in the bank as of Sept. 30. James, a...

The Latest: Michigan governor vows to appeal e-cig ruling

Oct. 15, 2019 5:23 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on Michigan's ban on flavored electronic cigarettes (all times local): 5:21 p.m. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she will appeal a judge's decision to block enforcement of the state's new ban on flavored electronic cigarettes. The Democrat issued a statement Tuesday...

Suit challenges Michigan regulator over $250,000 benefit cap

Oct. 15, 2019 11:27 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The administrator of a plan that covers the medical expenses of uninsured non-drivers who are injured in car crashes is suing the state of Michigan, alleging that a regulator's recent orders conflict with the state's new auto insurance overhaul. The lawsuit was filed Monday in the...

State, unions reach tentative deals to boost worker pay

Oct. 14, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration and seven unions have tentatively agreed to two-year deals that will boost state employees' pay by 6%. State spokesman Kurt Weiss said Monday the wage and benefit agreements were reached within recent days. He declined to release details until...