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Five Things We’re Reading

Feb 19, 2019

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. Research: Are Women Better at Leading Diverse Countries Than Men? – Businesses, and countries, that have women in top leadership roles see a benefit over their […]

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Legislature Rejects Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order

Feb 15, 2019

The Senate followed the House’s lead by voting to reject an Executive Order (EO) changing environmental oversight in Michigan. On a party line vote, the Senate adopted a House Concurrent Resolution that blocks Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s EO making changes within the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Announced last week, Executive Order 2019-2 would restructure DEQ […]

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Attorney General Opinion Sought for ‘Adopt and Amend’ Strategy

Feb 15, 2019

Can the legislature adopt a citizen’s initiative, only to amend it shortly thereafter? The legality of the strategy has been put into question by Senator Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) who requested Attorney General Dana Nessel to issue an official opinion on the matter. Specifically, the Senator is questioning the legality of the actions taken last term […]

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Innovative Health Care Model to Continue

Feb 15, 2019

The Federal Government has approved the final year of the State Innovation Model, which works to create a person-centered health system in Michigan. This is the fourth year and final year the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services’ (CMS) will provide funding for the State Innovation Model (SIM) Initiative.  During this final year, the Michigan […]

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Tax Credit for Hiring Unemployed Workers

Feb 15, 2019

Small businesses that hire an employee who has been out of work for 60 days or more would be eligible for a tax credit under legislation introduced this week. Bill sponsor, Representative Kevin Coleman (D-Westland) believe the tax credit would help tackle unemployment by incentivizing businesses to seek workers who have been unsuccessful in long-term […]

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Senate Approves Changes to Civil Asset Forfeitures

Feb 15, 2019

Reforms to Michigan’s civil asset forfeiture laws moved through the full Senate this week. Under the legislation introduced by Senator Peter Lucido (R-Shelby Township), a requirement would be created that an individual must be convicted of or plead guilty to a crime before law enforcement could take ownership of personal property through the civil asset […]

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Looking Ahead to the Week of February 16 – 21, 2019

Feb 15, 2019

The MLC offices will be closed for President’s Day on Monday, February 18. The House and Senate are scheduled to hold their typical Tuesday – Thursday session schedule.

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Governor Whitmer Delivers First State of the State

Feb 12, 2019

Tonight, before a join convention of the Michigan Senate and the House of Representatives, Governor Gretchen Whitmer delivered her first State of the State address. She began with stating her eagerness to get things done for Michigan and to work together with her partners in the legislature. The state’s problems aren’t partisan; from roads to […]

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