state government

9:31 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

"Religious Freedom" Bill Stalls in State Senate

15 Senators asked Majority Leader to Take Up Bill
Some powerful voices are aligned on both sides of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, but it appears the bill that provides protections for "sincerely held religious beliefs" will die for the year. Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, hasn't put the issue on the agenda and said he's not inclined to include it in the final days of the lame-duck session.
7:35 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Ban on Unions for College Athletes Heads to Governor

Football players at Northwestern University sought certification earlier this year
A bill banning college student athletes from forming unions is on its way to Gov. Rick Snyder after receiving final passage in the Michigan Senate Tuesday. Without any discussion or committee hearings, the Senate voted 27-11, mostly along party lines, to pass the union ban.
7:33 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Deadline for Deal on Road Funding is Near

Leaders say a deal likely has to be completed Wednesday to pass before adjournment
Lansing - Legislative leaders and the governor's office continued formal and informal talks Tuesday toward a permanent funding plan that would pour $1.2 billion more into road repairs each year in Michigan. The four leaders emerged from a Tuesday morning meeting, prior to the day's legislative sessions, to say there still was no agreement but some progress.
8:02 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

13 of 28 Workers Suspended from Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital Returning to Work

Criminal complaints are being investigated against some workers and an independent investigation is being conducted
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Thirteen of 28 employees suspended during an investigation into patient abuse allegations at Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospita l are returning to work, the Michigan Department of Community Health announced today. "Although these individuals may have been involved in the issues being investigated, the quality of care being provided to patients can be ensured through appropriate training and supervision," a MDCH press release said.
7:48 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Legislature Nearing Deadline to Reach Road Funding Deal

A compromise is being sought between state House and Senate plans
LANSING, MI - Gov. Rick Snyder and legislative leaders are nearing a critical juncture in the long-running search for $1.2 billion a year in new funding for Michigan's crumbling roads. The House and Senate are scheduled to meet just three more times this week before calling an official end to the 2013-14 session.