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Five Things We’re Reading

Jul 16, 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. Designing Smart-Home Products That People Will Actually Use – While there has been an increase in smart-home technology, it hasn’t become mainstream yet. How can creators […]

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Last Week on the MLC Blog

Jul 15, 2019

MLC lobbyist Rudy Hobb shared the reasons that residents should be engaged in the 2020 Census. To address the skilled-labor gap in Michigan, the state launched a new public-private partnership program. Legislation was introduced that would set a five-year moratorium on the use of facial recognition technology. To help prevent Asian carp from entering the […]

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Going PRO Kickoffs, Addressing Skilled-Labor Shortage

Jul 12, 2019

To address the skilled-labor gap in Michigan, the state has launched a new public-private partnership program named Going PRO. Through 2026 it’s estimated the state will need to fill 545,00 skilled-labor jobs. Michigan employers’ have been facing challenges finding highly skilled employees and cited it as a top concern in the recent Michigan Future Business […]

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Legislation Introduced Banning Facial Recognition Technology

Jul 12, 2019

For the next five-years there would be a moratorium on the use of facial recognition technology under legislation introduced this week. Representative Isaac Robinson’s (D-Detroit) bill would prevent the use of facial recognition software to obtain warrants or otherwise enforce the law. The prohibition includes footage obtained from surveillance cameras, unmanned aircraft, body cameras, and […]

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Governor Whitmer Enters Coalition Preventing Asian Carp Entry

Jul 12, 2019

To help prevent Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Basin, Governor Gretchen Whitmer entered a coalition with other governors and premiers. The focus will be on taking action at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam on the Des Plaines River in Illinois, which provides a strategic focal point in the waterway that logically […]

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Attorney General Intervenes in Utility Rate Increase Cases

Jul 12, 2019

This week, Attorney General Dana Nessel announced her plans to intervene in four utility rate cases. Currently, three providers have filed with the Michigan Public Service Commission to increase their residential consumers’ rates and a fourth is anticipated to also request a rate increase. The Attorney General citied protecting ratepayers as her reason for intervening […]

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Looking Ahead to the Week of July 13 – 19, 2019

Jul 12, 2019

The House and Senate are tentatively scheduled to hold session on Wednesday and Thursday. On Wednesday, July 17 at 9:30 a.m., the Michigan Supreme Court will hear oral arguments regarding a request for an advisory opinion on the legislature’s use of adopt and amend on a recent ballot initiative. For background information, please click here […]

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The 2020 Census: Why It Matters

Jul 10, 2019

I recently had a meeting with leaders from a local community to talk through their priorities.  At the top of their list, the 2020 Census.  It didn’t surprise me, but I remember thinking this should be a top priority for the entire state.  Since that meeting, I have seen a number of newspaper articles highlighting […]

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