Latest Michigan State Legislature News

Whitmer to nix budget provision that tries to ban mask rules

Sep. 24, 2021 17:15 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's office said Friday she will declare unenforceable a Republican-written budget provision that seeks to ban indoor mask requirements for children. The Democrat had been expected to block the language as unconstitutional since...

GOP group clears step to pursue Michigan voting restrictions

Sep. 23, 2021 18:45 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican organizers of veto-proof legislation that would make it harder to vote cleared a procedural step Thursday when the Michigan elections board approved a 100-word summary that will appear on top of the ballot petition. Once the Board of...

Lawmakers OK $55B budget bills; $7.5B in virus relief left

Sep. 22, 2021 21:25 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers who finished passing the state budget Wednesday will next turn to allocating an unprecedented amount of federal COVID-19 rescue funding — money that largely is flexible and can be spent however the state decides. For months,...

Michigan budget boosts child care, keeps caregiver pay hike

Sep. 21, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan will make more kids eligible for child care subsidies, equip state troopers with body cameras and make permanent a pandemic wage hike for nursing home workers and other caregivers under the next state budget, poised for initial approval Tuesday. ...

Michigan rep to fellow lawmaker: I hope 'your car explodes'

Sep. 20, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan lawmaker told another lawmaker that he hoped her “car explodes on the way in,” according to text messages filed in court to support a request for a personal protection order. “You’re truly the worst human being I’ve ever met. I...

Michigan lawmaker gets protection order against lawmaker

Sep. 18, 2021 16:37 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A lawyer for a state lawmaker said he will challenge a personal protection order that was obtained by another lawmaker. Democratic Rep. Mari Manoogian was granted an order against Rep. Steve Marino, a Macomb County Republican who has been removed...

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,...