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Michigan State Parks Celebrate 100th Anniversary

Oct 09, 2019

This year, Michigan celebrates the 100th anniversary of its state park system.  Michigan’s state parks incorporate a wide array of outdoor recreation opportunities – camping, fishing, boating, swimming, trails, historical fun – the outdoor experiences are endless and create some of the best life moments and memories. It’s a vast system made up of 103 […]

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Five Things We’re Reading

Oct 08, 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. Is Agile Really Worth It? Evidence Says Yes, If You Do These 4 Things – Here’s how you can avoid making agile more work for you […]

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Governor Uses Vetoes on Budgets, Transfers Funds

Oct 04, 2019

On Monday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued 147 line-item vetoes in the state budgets for the upcoming fiscal year, which began on October 1. While her utilizing vetoes was not a surprise, the high-number of those she red-lined was. In total, she vetoed nearly one-billion dollars in spending, including $375 million in one-time funds for infrastructure […]

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Committee Approves Changes to Law Enforcement Searches

Oct 04, 2019

The Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee reported legislation that makes changes to how law enforcement can conduct certain searches. The package of bills makes several reforms, including: Requires law enforcement to obtain a warrant to search the premises of a person who had objected to a search, even if another person who occupies the […]

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House Approves Bill Increasing Penalties for Disarming a Police Officer

Oct 04, 2019

The House of Representatives approved legislation that increases penalties for disarming or attempting to disarm a police officer. Under the bill, the maximum sentence for attempting to disarm a police officer would increase from a five-year felony to a 10-year felony. It also increased the penalty for disarming a police officer from a 10-year felony […]

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Legislation Reported Providing Address Confidentiality

Oct 04, 2019

A package of legislation was reported by the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee which under certain circumstances allows a person’s address to be omitted from certain government documents. The program would be run by the Department of the Attorney General who would be responsible for reviewing applications to participate in the program. Participants may […]

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Marijuana Agency Expands Social Equity Program

Oct 04, 2019

More areas that have been disproportionately impacted by marijuana prohibition and enforcement could be designated as part of the Social Equity Program under an expansion of regions announced this week. The Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act of 2018 required the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) to develop “a plan to promote and encourage participation […]

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Looking Ahead to the Week of October 5 – 11, 2019

Oct 04, 2019

The House and Senate are scheduled to hold session on Tuesday and Thursday. The Michigan Progressive Women’s Caucus will hold a town hall hosted by Representative Tenisha Yancey on Wednesday, October 9 at 6 p.m. on the campus of Wayne County Community College. For more information, please visit https://miprogressivewomen.com/ or to view the flyer with […]

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