Michigan Legislature

2:03 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

State Senate committee approves cut in Michigan income tax

Cut moves to full Senate after approval on party-line vote
LANSING - As soon as it became apparent earlier this month that Michigan had a $791-million budget surplus, talks of tax relief became rampant in the state Legislature. And that talk turned to action Wednesday when the Senate Finance committee voted 5-2 to reduce the state income tax from 4.25% to 3.9% by 2017.
8:57 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Group submits petition language for part-time Legislature in Michigan

325,000 signatures would be required to get proposed amendment to state Constitution on ballot
LANSING, MI -- A group seeking to " restore Michigan's part-time Legislature" by amending the state Constitution has turned its petition language in to the Bureau of Elections for review. If the petitions are approved in form, committee chair Norm Kammeraad said the group will try to collect up to 400,000 signatures by June with hopes of placing the proposal on the November ballot.
6:22 am
Tue January 21, 2014

State lawmakers consider new regulations on scrap metal sales

Governor Snyder briefly mentioned issue in last week's State of the State Address
Michigan lawmakers are scrapping to find a consensus to combat an epidemic of precious metals theft, a situation that frustrates law enforcement officials, victims and area recycling yards. At the center of the controversy is a behind-the-scenes battle over establishing more regulations and waiting periods before a scrap metal sale can be completed.
6:30 am
Fri January 10, 2014

State House Republicans say tax breaks now at top of their agenda

Bolger says tax relief should be targeted toward individuals and help working families
LANSING - With an estimated state budget surplus of nearly $1 billion expected over the next three years, Republicans in the Legislature are placing some sort of tax break at the top of their 2014 agenda, Speaker of the House Jase Bolger, R-Marshall, said Thursday.
12:00 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Medicaid expansion, other new laws to take effect in 2014

House Speaker Jase Bolger praises common-sense measures. Democratic Leader says last two weeks disappointing
Medicaid health coverage for the poor is scheduled to expand to 470,000 more Michiganians this year because of new laws passed last year that also resulted in hunters stalking wolves for the first time in 48 years and indigent criminal defendants being entitled to better representation.