Latest Michigan state government News

DNR enrolling property owners in hunting access program

Jun. 12, 2021 09:26 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources is enrolling private property owners in some parts of the state in a program that pays them to allow controlled public hunting access on their land. Interested landowners should have at least 40 acres...

State board ordered to OK bill to end emergency powers law

Jun. 11, 2021 16:52 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Legislature can repeal a law that was the backbone of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s coronavirus orders, without her interference, after a unanimous decision Friday from the Michigan Supreme Court. The order to certify the...

Court: Judge who lost race gets 6-year ban for misconduct

Jun. 11, 2021 15:05 PM EDT

LAPEER, Mich. (AP) — A judge who lost reelection in November while a misconduct case against him was pending will be barred from serving again for six years, the Michigan Supreme Court said Friday. The misconduct case against Byron Konschuh stemmed from acts that...

Whitmer seeks $250M for parks; Senate has $1.5B bridge plan

Jun. 10, 2021 22:16 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday called for spending a “historic” $250 million in federal coronavirus relief aid to upgrade state parks and trails, a day after Senate Republicans announced a $1.5 billion plan to fix deteriorating local bridges across Michigan. ...

Senate: Extend lapsed licenses, plates; keep walk-in option

Jun. 10, 2021 16:17 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Senate voted Thursday to give drivers more time to renew expired licenses and vehicle registrations during the coronavirus pandemic and to pressure Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to restore people's ability to visit branches without an appointment. ...

Lottery winner in 2010 food stamp flap found dead in river

Jun. 10, 2021 15:53 PM EDT

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan lottery winner who made headlines in 2010 when he collected food stamps despite getting nearly $1 million was found dead in a river, authorities said. The body, found last Saturday in the Tittabawassee River, was identified as Leroy...

Michigan Elder Abuse Task Force announces new legislation

Jun. 10, 2021 14:16 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan task force has come up with legislation aimed at protecting senior citizens from abuse by creating requirements and oversight for their guardians and conservators, state Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Thursday. After two years of...

House: Require financial info from officials, limit lobbying

Jun. 09, 2021 22:17 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Elected state officials would be required to disclose personal financial information in annual reports and would be banned from becoming lobbyists until two years after leaving office under bills approved Wednesday in the House. Michigan is among...

Michigan task force to look at juvenile criminal justice

Jun. 09, 2021 17:07 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A task force will examine Michigan's treatment of juveniles in the state's criminal justice system as well as factors that lead to youth getting caught up in that system, according to an executive order signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The creation...

Michigan governor signs bills to help veterans, families

Jun. 09, 2021 16:54 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation on Wednesday that makes it easier for veterans and their families who are licensed professionals to continue their careers when they move to the state. Veterans, active-duty service members and...