Latest Michigan State Legislature News

Michigan leaders reach agreement on 2020 budget shortfall

Jun. 29, 2020 7:56 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — An agreement to address a $3.2 billion shortfall in Michigan's 2020 budget was announced Monday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and legislative leaders to respond to deep budget shortfalls brought on by the pandemic crisis. The agreement includes reductions in funding and also provides...

Michigan voters to decide in November on data protections

Jun. 25, 2020 3:40 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan voters will decide in the November election if electronic data and communication should be considered personal property, safe from unreasonable search and seizure. A bill to put the measure on the ballot passed the state House on Wednesday. The ballot measure would amend the...

Bill sent to Whitmer allows for deferral of summer taxes

Jun. 25, 2020 3:12 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — People and businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic or dam flooding could wait to pay their summer property taxes until 2021 without being penalized under legislation sent to Michigan's governor. A related bill would require the state to provide short-term financing to local...

Senate: Send patients to new facilities - not nursing homes

Jun. 24, 2020 5:36 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan would have to create dedicated facilities for coronavirus-infected patients who are not sick enough to be hospitalized or placed in nursing homes under Senate-passed legislation billed as an alternative to a state policy that has come under criticism from lawmakers. The...

Michigan Legislature OKs cocktails to go to help restaurants

Jun. 24, 2020 5:29 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — People could order cocktails for pickup or delivery from Michigan bars and restaurants through 2025 under a bill that won final approval Wednesday and will be signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The “cocktails-to-go” legislation is part of a package that includes a...

Republicans propose $1.3B plan to help K-12 schools reopen

Jun. 23, 2020 10:05 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republicans who control the Michigan Legislature on Tuesday proposed a $1.3 billion plan to help K-12 schools reopen during the coronavirus pandemic, saying districts should have flexibility to start when they want and to offer remote instruction as an alternative if necessary. The...

Michigan Legislature OKs lifting new July 1 budget deadline

Jun. 23, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Legislature on Tuesday gave final approval to a bill to lift a new July 1 deadline by which it is supposed to send a budget to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The legislation, which she plans to sign, would delay the requirement until 2021 due to uncertainty over a revenue...

Bill sent to Whitmer requires reports on firefighting foam

Jun. 23, 2020 2:42 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Fire departments that use a foam containing a group of chemicals known as PFAS would be required to report its use within 48 hours of ending a fire under legislation sent to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The bill won unanimous approval from the Michigan House on Tuesday. It would mandate...

Editorial Roundup:

Jun. 22, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

The Detroit News. June 20, 2020. Purge ineligible voters ahead of vote by mail The first step in making voting by mail easier in Michigan is to ensure the voting rolls are up to date. The state has a ways to go before it can make that claim with confidence. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson recently did a mass...

FILE - In this May 7, 2020, file photo, a pedestrian passes The Framing Gallery, closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, in Grosse Pointe, Mich. Michigan lawmakers increasingly frustrated over delayed unemployment benefits for people out of work due to the pandemic are urging Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to reopen offices so the jobless can get in-person assistance. Legislators from both parties say the dozen offices, closed due to COVID-19, should open their doors again, by appointment only — similarly to what secretary of state branches offer. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Lawmakers: Open Mich. unemployment offices, give $1K loans

Jun. 20, 2020 8:02 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers increasingly frustrated over delayed unemployment benefits for people out of work due to the coronavirus pandemic are urging Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to reopen offices so the jobless can get in-person assistance. Legislators from both parties say the dozen offices,...