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Five Things We’re Reading

May 14, 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.  The Last Column – A collection of writings by journalists who died while reporting the news. What’s the Secret to Reaching 111? ‘Avoid Dying,’ but ‘Porridge […]

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Last Week on the MLC Blog

May 13, 2019

In his latest post, MLC lobbyist and procurement specialist Tony Des Chenes shared how Artificial Intelligence may become more ubiquitous in state government in the future. The House and Senate both passed versions of legislation that would drastically change Michigan’s current auto insurance system. Steve Gray, a professor and attorney, was selected to lead Michigan’s […]

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House and Senate Pass No-Fault Reforms

May 10, 2019

Michigan’s current auto insurance system would be drastically changed under legislation passed by the House and Senate this week. Though each chamber voted on their own version of the bill, which includes differences that will need to be negotiated, both versions end the current no-fault auto insurance system as we know it today. The House’s […]

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Director of Unemployment Insurance Agency Named

May 10, 2019

Steve Gray, a professor and attorney, was selected this week to lead Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA). He is currently the director and founder of the University of Michigan Law School Unemployment Insurance Clinic that uses student representation in unemployment insurance cases to train over 150 first-year law students per year. He is also a […]

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New State Superintendent Appointed

May 10, 2019

Dr. Michael Rice was selected this week by the State Board of Education to serve as the new State Superintendent. The board has undergone a lengthy process of interviews to find a new superintendent following the death of former State Superintendent Brian Whiston in May 2018. Following the final round of interviews on May 7, […]

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Marijuana Legal Workgroup Formed

May 10, 2019

In order to review, analyze, discuss, and opine on laws and regulations concerning the recreational and medicinal use of marijuana in the state, Attorney General Dana Nessel has formed a workgroup. The goal is to ensure that the laws approved by voters in Michigan through two separate ballot proposals, and subsequent regulations, are clarified and […]

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Looking Ahead to the Week of May 11 – 17, 2019

May 10, 2019

The House and Senate are scheduled to hold their typical Tuesday – Thursday session schedule. The biannual Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference will be held on Friday, May 17. Visit the MLC blog that afternoon for a full recap of the event.

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Will Artificial Intelligence Become the New Government?

May 08, 2019

Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) is either one of the most avoided or one of the best received concepts in society today, depending on your opinion.  For many, when they think of A.I., visions of robots and HAL from “2001 A Space Odyssey” come to mind.   However, A.I. is already in many aspects of our lives, including […]

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