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Secretary of State Calls for Ballot Changes

Feb 14, 2020

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and a bipartisan group of clerks called on the legislature to pass reforms extending the deadline for when no new questions can be placed on ballots. Under the proposed joint resolution, the current deadline of 60 days would be extended to 75 days before an election. Under the current framework, […]

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Committee Hears Testimony on Combating High Water Levels

Feb 14, 2020

The House Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Committee heard testimony from Representative Jim Lilly (R-Park Township) on his proposal to deal with the rising water levels in the Great Lakes. Under his proposal, local governments would be allowed to issue temporary emergency rulings to slow down water activities near affected areas, including boats, jet skis, […]

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High Water Level Summit Held

Feb 14, 2020

State, federal, and local officials came together at the Michigan High Water Coordinating Summit to find ways to work collaboratively and share resources to tackle the challenge of the state’s near-record high water levels. The participants agreed to form an ad hoc Michigan High Water Action Team, which will collaborate to: Identify available assets that […]

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Looking Ahead to the Week of February 15 – 21, 2020

Feb 14, 2020

The MLC office will be closed on Monday, February 17 in observance of Presidents’ Day. 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 with overviews of the Executive Budget […]

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What Hockey Taught Me About Advocacy

Feb 12, 2020

Growing up as a rabid fan of the Detroit Red Wings in the 90’s and early 2000’s, some of my favorite players were members of the so-called “Grind Line”. Kirk Maltby, Chris Draper, and Joe Kocur (later replaced by Darrin McCarty) were the blue-collar players on the Red Wings. They weren’t the highest paid, they […]

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Five Things We’re Reading

Feb 11, 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. Trump Impeachment Trial: Is US Politics Beyond the Point of Repair? – Will the US ever move away from the current hyper-partisanship that has taken over […]

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Last Week on the MLC Blog

Feb 10, 2020

While the bitter January temperatures may have you dismayed, in his latest blog post MLC lobbyist Brendan Ringlever shared why Michigan is actually a great place to live and work. Governor Gretchen Whitmer presented her Executive Budget recommendations for the upcoming 2020-2021 Fiscal Year. The legislature is moving forward with a bill package that would […]

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Legislatures Works to Update Ticket Laws

Feb 07, 2020

The legislature is moving forward with a bill package that would modernize the state’s ticket laws.  Currently, Michigan is one of only six states prohibiting the resale of tickets, regardless of the resale price. The proposal would update the laws, while providing consumer protections. Specifically, it would allow consumers the right to sell their tickets […]

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