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Jan 14, 2019

A bipartisan package of bills was introduced reforming Michigan’s civil asset forfeiture laws. The House Speaker and House Democratic Leader were joined by the Attorney General in supporting the reforms. The biannual Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference was held, unveiling Michigan’s economic outlook and revenue projections. Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the appointment of the director for […]

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First Bills of the New Term Introduced

Jan 11, 2019

On the first day of session for the new term, House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) was joined by House Democratic Leader Christine Greig (D-Farmington Hills) and Attorney General Dana Nessel in supporting legislation reforming the state’s civil asset forfeiture laws. To show the importance being placed on the issue, the bipartisan package of bills were […]

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Michigan Economic Outlook and Revenue Projections Unveiled

Jan 11, 2019

Today, the biannual Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference was held in Lansing. The conference included House and Senate members, the directors of the House Fiscal Agency and the Senate Fiscal Agency, State Treasurer Rachael Eubanks, and State Budget Director Chris Kolb.  After hearing testimony from the Research Seminar on Quantitative Economics at the University of Michigan, […]

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DHHS Director Named

Jan 11, 2019

On Thursday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the appointment of Robert Gordon as the new head of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Currently, he is the senior vice president of finance and global strategy for The College Board. In the Obama administration, Mr. Gordon served as acting assistant secretary at the Office of […]

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Government Transparency Reforms Introduced

Jan 11, 2019

This week, a bipartisan group of Representatives introduced a bill package making reforms to transparency laws in state government.  Currently, Michigan is one of only a few states that exempts its governor, lieutenant governor, and the Legislature from sunshine laws. This package would remove those exemptions, something which the sponsors state would increase accountability. Under […]

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Michigan Supreme Court Elects New Chief Justice

Jan 11, 2019

This week, Justice Bridget McCormack was elected by her colleagues to serve a two-year term as Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court. She is the sixth woman in Michigan history to serve as Chief Justice. This also marks the first time in state history that the Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, and Chief […]

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Pension Tax Repeal Introduced

Jan 11, 2019

This week, Representative Joe Bellino (R-Monroe) introduced legislation repealing Michigan’s pension tax that was first charged in 2012. Currently the system is a three-tiered retirement tax structure based on the year a person is born. Under his proposal, Michigan’s previous retirement tax structure would be re-established and both public pensions and social security income would […]

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House Announces Committee Names and Number of Members that will Serve on Each

Jan 11, 2019

This week, the House voted to adopt rules regarding the membership of standing committees. Below are the committees for the 2019-2020 legislative term, along with the number of members each committee will have. Agriculture (11) Appropriations (29) Commerce and Tourism (11) Communications and Technology Education (15) Elections and Ethics (7) Energy (17) Families, Children and […]

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