Latest Michigan State Legislature News

Michigan lawmaker to get a mental health exam, stay jailed

Sep. 17, 2021 16:33 PM EDT

HOWELL, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan lawmaker who was jailed for violating his bond conditions in a drunken driving case must complete a mental health exam, a judge ordered Friday. Livingston County Judge Michael Hatty ordered the exam for state Rep. Jewell Jones, a...

Michigan lawmaker: Allegations are 'character assassination'

Sep. 16, 2021 16:23 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan lawmaker denied that he threatened or harmed a fellow legislator with whom he had a romantic relationship, dismissing her claims Thursday as a “politically motivated character assassination.” Third-term Rep. Steve Marino, a...

Sheriff: Michigan lawmaker in jail had hidden handcuff key

Sep. 16, 2021 11:28 AM EDT

HOWELL, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan lawmaker ordered to jail in a drunken driving case is accused of taping a handcuff key to his foot. The key was discovered when state Rep. Jewell Jones, a Detroit-area Democrat, was placed in jail Tuesday for violating bond conditions,...

Michigan lawmaker accuses legislator of abuse, threats

Sep. 15, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan lawmaker was stripped of his committee assignments after a female legislator said they had a “volatile” personal relationship that included domestic abuse and threats. Rep. Mari Manoogian, a Birmingham Democrat in her second term,...

Lawmakers, Whitmer announce deal to finalize state budget

Sep. 15, 2021 17:33 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Top lawmakers and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration announced a deal Wednesday to finalize the next state budget. They had waited to work out spending plans for state departments and funding for universities, community colleges and local...

Whitmer: Use $1.4B to expand health access, build facilities

Sep. 14, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday proposed spending $1.4 billion in federal pandemic funding to expand health care and infrastructure, including to bolster access to mental health services, replace state psychiatric hospitals and build a new public health lab. ...

Whitmer signs last drunken driving expungement bill

Sep. 10, 2021 14:01 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday signed the last bill in a package to allow first time drunken drivers to have a chance at getting their criminal records expunged. Whitmer has rejected similar legislation in the past year after signing a...

Michigan House panel criticizes state unemployment agency

Sep. 09, 2021 12:48 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republicans in the Michigan House Oversight committee criticized the state's Unemployment Insurance Agency acting director on Thursday, asking her to address how the agency has failed residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mass unemployment spread...

Whitmer proposes spending $200M to replace lead water pipes

Sep. 08, 2021 14:59 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday proposed spending $200 million in federal pandemic relief funding to replace lead water pipes across Michigan, where aging underground infrastructure was exposed by Flint's disaster. The plan, if approved by the...

Whitmer urges GOP lawmakers to repeal 'arcane' abortion ban

Sep. 07, 2021 15:22 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday urged the Republican-controlled Legislature to repeal a 90-year-old law that criminalized abortion in Michigan, warning that the U.S. Supreme Court may overturn women's constitutional right to abortion. ...