Latest Michigan state government News

Split Michigan Senate OKs changes to regulation of hospitals

Feb. 26, 2020 4:01 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A split Michigan Senate voted Wednesday to let hospitals do multimillion-dollar construction projects or add psychiatric beds without needing state regulatory approval. The five Republican-sponsored bills, which were passed 21-16 on party lines, were sent to the GOP-led House for...

Kerry Ebersole Singh, left, Michigan's statewide census director, helps to announce the kickoff of

Michigan launches outreach for 2020 census that starts soon

Feb. 26, 2020 3:35 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan and nonprofits groups on Wednesday launched a $16 million outreach campaign to push people to be counted in the 2020 census, saying it will take less than 10 minutes to complete once residents start getting invitations on March 12. Officials said the census is...

FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2020, file photo, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivers her State of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate, at the state Capitol in Lansing, Mich. Whitmer announced Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, that Michigan will have a mobility officer to coordinate all initiatives related to self-driving and connected cars, an effort she said will ensure the state is the go-to place for testing and producing vehicles of the future. (AP Photo/Al Goldis, File)

Michigan governor creates office for mobility initiatives

Feb. 25, 2020 5:47 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Tuesday that Michigan will have a mobility officer to coordinate all initiatives related to self-driving and connected cars, an effort she said will ensure the state is the go-to place for testing and producing vehicles of the future. While speaking at...

FILE - In this May 3, 2017, file photo, Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., left, speaks to reporters outside the White House in Washington. Upton announced Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 he will seek re-election to his Sixth Congressional District seat located in the southwest corner of the state. In announcing his bid for an 18th term, Upton said there is

Rep. Fred Upton announces he will seek 18th term in Congress

Feb. 24, 2020 9:28 PM EST

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Republican congressman Fred Upton announced Monday he will seek re-election to his Sixth Congressional District seat located in the southwest corner of the state. In announcing his bid for an 18th term, Upton said there is ``unfinished” business that has to be...

Lansing-area judge to lead statewide court office

Feb. 24, 2020 1:20 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Lansing-area judge who has been outspoken about how Michigan's local courts are financed is resigning to become administrator of the state court system. Tom Boyd has been a District Court judge in Ingham County since 2005. The Michigan Supreme Court, in announcing the appointment,...

Michigan wants space facility at former military base

Feb. 22, 2020 11:12 AM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers and aerospace officials are hoping a former military base might become a space facility where public and private industries could launch satellites and tourists into space. Wurtsmith Airport was selected as the potential site. A group of legislators and the...

Officials designate new 'Pure Michigan' trails, communities

Feb. 22, 2020 10:56 AM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State officials have recognized three trails as “Pure Michigan Trails” because they provide access to high-quality scenic views. They also designated three communities as “Pure Michigan Trail Towns." The label refers to towns or cities along trail routes that...

Bill to ban declawing cats introduced in Michigan

Feb. 21, 2020 9:49 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan legislator has introduced a bill that, if eventually passed and signed, would prohibit the declawing of cats unless it is for a clear medical or therapeutic reason. The Detroit News reported Friday that House Bill No. 5508 could make Michigan the second state to ban...

Woman injured by concrete the fell from bridge over U.S. 127

Feb. 20, 2020 10:54 PM EST

MASON, Mich. (AP) — Wood barriers will be placed beneath a bridge over U.S. 127 near Mason after a woman was injured when concrete fell from a bridge and broke through her windshield, Michigan Department of Transportation officials said Thursday. The Ingham County Sheriff's Office says the 38-year-old...

Review ordered of Indiana's Lake Michigan shore damage

Feb. 20, 2020 1:02 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s governor has told state agencies to calculate the damage along the Lake Michigan shoreline that’s been caused by high water ahead of possibly seeking federal assistance. The order announced Thursday comes as several lakeshore communities have already declared...