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Government Transparency Package Moves Forward

Mar 15, 2019

The legislature and governor would be subjected to similar transparency laws as found in the Freedom of Information Act under legislation reported by the House Government Operations Committee. The proposal would end the current exemptions granted to the legislature, governor, and lieutenant governor, with the hopes of increasing transparency. The new act, which would be […]

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Bail System Reforms Announced

Mar 15, 2019

Unless a person accused of a crime poses a danger to society, or is a flight risk, they would be released from custody pre-trial under a package announced today. Working in a bipartisan, and bicameral manner, members of the House and Senate, along with Attorney General Dana Nessel, announced the packages reforming the bail system, […]

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Latino Caucus Announces Leadership

Mar 15, 2019

Representative Alex Garza (D-Taylor) will serve as the Chair of Michigan’s Legislative Latino Caucus following caucus elections. Serving as Vice-Chair will be Representative Vanessa Guerra (D-Saginaw). Representative Darrin Camilleri (D-Brownstown Township) will serve as Treasurer, and Senator Erika Geiss (D-Taylor) will serve as Secretary. This year, the Michigan Latino Legislative Caucus has already introduced a […]

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Hate Crimes Unit Launched

Mar 15, 2019

Hate crimes will be investigated and prosecuted by a new unit, housed within the Criminal Division of the Department of Attorney General.  In her announcement, Attorney General Dana Nessel urged members of the public and other law enforcement agencies to contact the Hate Crimes Unit if they have knowledge of, or are a victim of, […]

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School Safety Reforms Introduced

Mar 15, 2019

Public schools would be required to carry trauma kits and train all staff members on how to use the kits under legislation introduced this week. Representative Jeff Yaroch (R-Richmond) and Representative Angela Witwer (D-Delta Twp.) introduced the package with the hopes of improving school safety practices in Michigan. This bill is part of the Department […]

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Looking Ahead to the Week of March 16 – 22, 2019

Mar 15, 2019

The House and Senate are scheduled to hold their typical Tuesday – Thursday session schedule.

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Well, Isn’t that Special?

Mar 13, 2019

Now that Michigan’s government is divided again, questions are starting to be asked about what tools the governor may have to get the Legislature to work on issues that are important to her.  For instance, can she prevent the Legislature from going on a spring or summer break, so they stay in Lansing and work?  […]

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Five Things We’re Reading

Mar 12, 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.  Mr. Zuckerberg, Let Us Pay for Facebook With Dollars Not Data – Do we have a better chance of winning the lottery than Zuckerberg doing this? […]

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