Latest Michigan state government News

Michigan official: Election Day should be a worker holiday

Feb. 16, 2020 3:35 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is urging businesses to give their workers the day off on Election Day by making it a company holiday. Benson said she’s encouraging Michigan companies to give employees the day off work on Nov. 3, so they can vote and work as poll...

This Nov. 2, 2017 photo released by the Michigan Department of Corrections shows Michael Thompson, who is incarcerated at the Muskegon, Mich., Correctional Facility  Thompson, who was sentenced to up to 60 years in prison in 1996 for a marijuana dealing conviction, is hoping to cut his remaining time behind bars. (Michigan Department of Corrections via AP)

Michigan man serving up to 60 years for pot seeks release

Feb. 15, 2020 10:11 AM EST

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man sentenced to up to 60 years in prison in 1996 for a marijuana dealing conviction is hoping to cut his remaining time behind bars. Michael Thompson, 68, of Flint, has served nearly 25 years of his sentence and won't have a chance for parole until he’s in his late...

Former Michigan State gymnastics coach Kathie Klages testifies, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, in Lansing, Mich., during her trial where she faces two counts of lying to police. A jury on Friday found Klages guilty of lying to police when she denied that two teen athletes told her of sexual abuse by sports doctor Larry Nassar in 1997, nearly 20 years before he was charged.  She faces up to four years in prison. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP)

How the Larry Nassar scandal has affected others

Feb. 14, 2020 6:39 PM EST

A former Michigan State University gymnastics coach was convicted Friday on charges that she lied to police when she denied that two teen athletes told her of sexual abuse by sports doctor Larry Nassar in 1997. It's the latest fallout from the scandal that has rocked the school. Kathie Klages, 65, was found...

Judge rules on Michigan's sex offender registry challenge

Feb. 14, 2020 4:28 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge told state officials Friday that the Michigan Legislature needs to bring portions of its sex offender registry law into compliance with constitutional requirements. The order could be effective 60 days after a final judgment is entered. If the state does not bring the law...

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. Senate Republicans on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, blocked Democrat Whitmer's appointee to the state commission that regulates hunting and fishing, which Democrats said was payback because Whitmer refused to pull a separate nominee who is opposed by gun-rights groups. The GOP-led Senate's 20-16 vote to reject Anna Mitterling of Mason for a spot on the Natural Resources Commission marked the first time in nearly a decade that the chamber officially rejected a governor's nominee. (AP Photo/Al Goldis, File)

Michigan Senate rejects Whitmer appointee to hunting panel

Feb. 13, 2020 4:31 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's appointee to the state commission that regulates hunting and fishing, which Democrats said was payback because Whitmer refused to pull a separate nominee who is opposed by gun-rights groups. The GOP-led...

Lawmakers defend Michigan student charged over gun photo

Feb. 11, 2020 10:12 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State lawmakers and a gun rights group on Tuesday called for changes to Michigan's terrorism law after a Lake Superior State University student was charged for posting a photo of his rifle on social media and saying it would make “snowflakes melt.” Lucas Gerhard, 20,...

Michigan Legislature OKs more tax breaks for data center

Feb. 11, 2020 5:26 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Republican-led Michigan Senate on Tuesday approved additional tax breaks for a major Grand Rapids-area data center, sending the bill to Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for her expected signature. Las Vegas-based Switch opened a mega-campus of computer servers in Kent County's...

Bills advance to ensure exonerees can sue for compensation

Feb. 11, 2020 5:14 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers advanced bills Tuesday to ensure that 11 wrongfully convicted prisoners can sue for compensation after their cases were dismissed due to a conflict over how long they had to file a claim. A 2016 law awards innocent inmates $50,000 for each year spent in a state...

In this Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, file photo, laborer Logan Farrington works under a house being lifted in Luna Pier, Mich. The project will protect the home from the potential rising lake levels of Lake Erie. High water is wreaking havoc across the Great Lakes, which are bursting at the seams less than a decade after bottoming out. The sharp turnabout is fueled by the region's wettest period in more than a century that scientists say is likely connected to the warming climate. Road damage from the overflowing Great Lakes and inland waterways may carry a whopping price tag for Michigan. Brad Wieferich of the state Department of Transportation said Monday Feb. 10, 2020, about 40 locations have been hit especially hard. He says initial estimates suggest about $5 million will be needed for immediate fixes.  (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio File)

Millions needed to fix Michigan roads damaged by high water

Feb. 10, 2020 8:01 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Road damage from the overflowing Great Lakes and inland waterways may carry a whopping price tag for Michigan, with initial cost estimates for repairs and upgrades as high as $100 million, officials said Monday. About 40 locations around the state have been significantly...

File- This Sept. 20, 2017, file photo shows Peter Secchia speaking at the dedication ceremony of Michigan State University's new Grand Rapids Medical Research Center. Secchia, a major figure in the Michigan Republican Party whose Lake Michigan property is eroding, suggested that political donations would fall unless GOP lawmakers do something to help, according to a memo. The Grand Rapids businessman, has been a Republican donor and activist for decades. His name is on the state party headquarters in Lansing, and he served as U.S. ambassador to Italy when George H.W. Bush was president. (Cory Morse/The Grand Rapids Press via AP, File)

Memo: Political donations at risk without action on erosion

Feb. 7, 2020 3:36 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A major figure in the Michigan Republican Party whose Lake Michigan property is eroding suggested that political donations would fall unless GOP lawmakers do something to help, according to a memo. Peter Secchia, a Grand Rapids businessman, has been a Republican donor and activist for...