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House Approves Changes to Absentee Voter Counting Boards

Feb 21, 2020

Legislation passed the House this week that aims at helping local clerks deal with the anticipated influx of absentee ballots. Introduced by Representative Julie Calley (R-Portland) the bill would allow local governments to team up with other nearby communities, or the county, to establish an Absentee Voter (AV) counting board. Currently, AV boards are allowed […]

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Electronic Vehicle Charging Stations Legislation Drives Forward

Feb 21, 2020

The House Energy Committee approved of legislation dealing with the increasing need for electric vehicle charging stations throughout Michigan. The package, introduced by Representative Andrea Schroeder (R-Independence Twp.), makes reforms, which she hopes will help the state remain a world leader in transportation innovation, while helping the state prepare for continued growth in electric vehicle […]

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Great Lakes Water Infrastructure Conference Announced

Feb 21, 2020

In April, the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy will host the first Great Lakes Infrastructure Conference in Novi. Attendees at the conference will include municipal officials, water professionals, academia, nonprofits, and state and local officials from around the country. They will hear from experts and share information about water infrastructure challenges and solutions […]

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Six New Pure Michigan Trails and Trail Towns Recognized

Feb 21, 2020

Three trails and three communities were recognized as Pure Michigan Trails and Pure Michigan Trail Towns by the Department of Natural Resources during the Governor’s Conference on Tourism this week. Pure Michigan Trails are routes that provide access to national, state, or regional scenic resources. They may be single trails or a combination of trails, […]

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Assistant Attorney General Assigned to Upper Peninsula Office

Feb 21, 2020

For the first time in more than a decade, the Department of Attorney General has stationed an assistant attorney general in the Upper Peninsula. Late last year, Attorney General Dana Nessel announced plans to expand services to U.P. residents by staffing the Marquette Office, located on Northern Michigan University’s campus, with a full-time assistant attorney […]

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Looking Ahead to the Week of February 22 – February 28, 2020

Feb 21, 2020

The Nevada caucuses for the Democratic presidential primary will take place on Saturday, February 22. There are 36 delegates at stake. The House and Senate are scheduled to hold their typical Tuesday – Thursday session schedule. House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees will continue to meet to hear testimony on the items under their purview, along […]

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Five Things We’re Reading

Feb 18, 2020

Below are some of the articles that the MLC lobby team has been reading this past week. We hope you find them as interesting and useful as we do. George Washington Has a Warning for Donald Trump – And All of Us – What did Washington have to say about the party system, which is […]

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Senate Rejects Gubernatorial Appointment

Feb 14, 2020

For the first time since the Granholm administration, the Senate voted to reject a gubernatorial appointment. On Thursday, the Senate voted 20-16 to oppose the appointment by Governor Gretchen Whitmer of Anna Mitterling to the Natural Resources Commission. The vote was near party lines with all Republicans, minus one, voting to reject the appointment. Ms. […]

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