Michigan Legislature

Clerks Blast Bill To End Straight-Ticket Voting

Dec 3, 2015
Melissa Benmark / WKAR

Local clerks are criticizing a bill that would eliminate straight-ticket voting in Michigan. A state House panel heard testimony on the legislation Thursday.

"Public officials are paying tribute to Harry Gast, a former Republican state senator from Berrien County who died today, July 30, at age 94. Gast served in the Michigan Legislature from 1971 until 2002, when he was forced to retire because of term limits." (Kalamazoo gazette)

A race-related debate is causing some tensions in the state Senate after an attempt to rewrite a resolution commemorating the end of slavery. 

"LANSING – The Michigan Legislature has passed plenty of bills in the first six months of the legislative session." (Detroit Free Press)

LANSING, MI — The Michigan Senate has canceled its traditional "in-district work period" this summer as lawmakers attempt to craft a long-term road funding in the wake of Proposal 1's historic failure. Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, announced Tuesday that more than 30 additional session days have been added to the calendar for June, July, August and September. (MLive)