Labeling requirements, statute of limitation changes and bills approved before break

Legislature breaks for summer campaign season

After a flurry of last-minute activity, legislators headed home last week. They will be home for most of the summer and will return after Labor Day.

Minimum wage and paid leave proposals submit signatures

$12 Minimum wage and paid leave proposals submit signatures

Two troubling potential ballot proposals MRA has been watching closely are one step closer to getting on the ballot in November.

Data breaches and marijuana

Senate committee talks data breaches

The Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee recently heard testimony on data security legislation that MRA staunchly opposes and will hold a second hearing this week.

Robaire’s Bakery owner Dina Desormes of Mount Pleasant: In her own words

Dina Desormes photo


If you go to Robaire’s Bakery website, you won’t see owner Dina Desormes’ name. But make no mistake, the French native has been the force behind the popular stop in Mount Pleasant since 1961.

Gov’t Affairs News: use tax responsibility and restocking of popular beer/wine

Despite the snow and ice, it’s spring in Michigan

This update covers the tail end of the March session prior to the legislature’s two-week spring break and legislators’ first week back in regular session.

Price gouging and drug price transparency

House committee tackles drug pricing

The House Health Policy Committee started work on legislation that would require drug manufacturers to file an annual report detailing their expenses related to producing drugs that cost $10,000 or more for an annual course of treatment.

Gov’t Affairs News: November ballot could be crowded

November ballot could see many proposals that impact retailers

While it’s still early in the year, MRA has been keeping a close eye on several proposed ballot proposals including two that would raise Michigan’s minimum wage to $12 an hour and mandate paid leave policies.

Gov’t Affairs News: Drone discussions take off

Governor gives legislature two victories, budget season begins

Legislators scored a major victory last week as the Gov. Snyder agreed to forgive $637.1 million in outstanding driver responsibility fees and raise the personal income tax exemption to $4,900 by 2021.

Gov’t Affairs News: State shines a spotlight on recycling

Gov. Snyder’s last state of the state: jobs, civility and recycling

Late last month Gov. Rick Snyder gave his eighth and final State of the State address. He took the opportunity to recap all the progress Michigan has made in the past seven years and to share the items still on his to-do list before he leaves office.