Michigan Legislature

6:57 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Senate Republicans move to send lawsuits against state out of Ingham County

Ingham County Circuit Court has had jurisdiction over major lawsuits against state since 1970's
LANSING, MI -- Michigan's Republican-led Senate on Wednesday approved a significant shakeup to the state's legal system that Democrats decried as a partisan ploy to protect problematic laws. Senate Bill 652, fast-tracked after introduction last week and approved in a party-line vote, would move major litigation against the state government out of the Ingham County Circuit Court, which has had jurisdiction over such cases since the 1970s.
7:17 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Many bills introduced in Legislature, a look at the more osbscure

No plans to limit the number of bills that can be proposed
LANSING - More than 1,700 bills have been introduced in the state Legislature so far this year. Many deal with complex and controversial issues that affect all Michiganders: taxes, regulations, guns and health care. And 138 bills have passed and been signed by Gov. Rick Snyder.
5:49 pm
Sun September 8, 2013

Segal says women "losing ground" because of lack of female lawmakers

The Battle Creek Democrat is one of 28 women serving in the state House, there are four in the state Senate
Rep. Kate Segal said it's hard to ignore the lack of women in the state Legislature, especially in the past two years. "When you go to a committee meeting and you're one of two women with a committee of over 20 people," she said, "you do take notice of that."
7:50 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Michigan agencies use taxpayer money for lobbying

Staff time spent trying to influence lawmakers. Governor's spokesman says it's not "insidious."
Lobbying is normal in the course of public business, but when the government lobbies itself, the practice can involve taxpayer resources used to pursue a political agenda. Like expanding a state-run district that manages underachieving schools. Restructuring a major health care insurer. Or enacting right to work.
2:17 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

"Right to work" protests cost nearly $1-million

Michigan State Police and other law enforcement agencies provided additional security as protesters demonstrated over bill to ban mandatory payment of union dues.
LANSING - Massive demonstrations at the Capitol last month over right-to-work legislation reportedly cost Michigan taxpayers nearly $1 million. Michigan State Police spent $901,132 on overtime pay and other miscellaneous costs because of additional security brought to the Capitol between Dec. 5 and Dec. 12, spokeswoman Shanon Banner said.