Government Affairs News

Pure Michigan funding debate, tobacco law updates introduced

In this issue:

  • Senate subcommittee pushes Pure Michigan funding
  • Bipartisan package to update tobacco/vaping laws introduced
  • Legislators mulling bank and grocery store-based Secretary of State locations
  • FDA begins enforcement on certain flavored vaping products
  • State scraps switching pharmacy Medicaid reimbursement to fee-for-service plan
  • Regulatory round-up
  • 2019-2020 bill tracker

Senate subcommittee pushes Pure Michigan funding

Following an overview of the proposed Labor and Economic Opportunity budget,

Governor focuses on working alone in second State of the State address

In this issue:

  • Governor focuses on working alone in second State of the State address
  • Commission approves liquor packaging changes
  • Changes to bottle deposit escheats introduced
  • Pharmacy members please note: Michigan close to decision on carving out of the Medicaid pharmacy benefit from managed care
  • Regulatory round-up

Governor focuses on working alone in second State of the State address

In the shortest State of the State speech in memory,

Road funding questions and guidance from the FDA

In this issue:

  • What could a road funding plan look like?
  • UIA obligation assessment phased out early
  • FDA bans fruit and mint flavored cartridge-based e-cigs effective Feb.

Year end legislative wrap up, bill signing, notices

In this issue:

  • Legislature on break until Jan. 8
  • Whitmer signs marketplace facilitator bills
  • Treasury opines that kombucha subject to deposit law as of May 1
  • Michigan Supreme Court declines to issue an advisory opinion on min.

Marketplace bills sent to governor after unanimous vote

In this issue:

  • Marketplace bills sent to governor after unanimous vote
  • REMINDER: minimum wage increases to $9.65/hour Jan. 1
  • Court rules against Genesee County’s Tobacco 21 policy
  • Liquor Control Commission investigates RNDC supply and delivery issues
  • Regulatory round-up

Marketplace bills sent to governor after unanimous vote

Last week,

“Rain tax”, telepharmacy, and cage-free egg standards

In this issue:

  • House discusses stormwater fix via “rain tax”
  • Telepharmacy bill amended, reported by House committee
  • Bill would delay the cage-free egg standard until 2024
  • Regulatory round-up

House discusses stormwater fix via “rain tax”

In an effort to repair and improve systems that are designed to stop flooding basements,

Flavored vape ban on hold, surprise medical billing discussion starts

Doctor challenges billing

In this issue:

  • Court puts flavored vape ban on hold
  • House unanimously reports marketplace bills
  • Discussion to end surprise medical billing starts
  • House passes updates to accessibility signs
  • Pure Michigan vows to continue

Court puts flavored vape ban on hold

On Oct.

New overtime rule, expungement, and vapor product transport guidance

In this issue:

  • U.S. Department of Labor issues final overtime rule
  • State releases transportation/return guidance on flavored vaping products
  • MRA’s marketplace bills one step closer to completion
  • House takes testimony on automatic expungement of certain crimes
  • House declares Oct.

Flavored vaping ban details, budget shutdown what ifs

In this issue:

  • Flavored vaping products cannot be sold after Oct. 1
  • What happens if the state shuts down?
  • Governor proclaims Oct. 4-6 as Buy Nearby Weekend
  • Regulatory round-up

Flavored vaping products cannot be sold after Oct.

Flavored e-cig product ban, wage theft bills introduced

In this issue:

  • Agreement reached to complete the budget before roads
  • Governor announces flavored vaping/alternative nicotine product ban
  • E-prescribing bills reported from house committee
  • Bills introduced to bolster AG’s wage theft task force
  • Governor proclaims September as Family Meals Month
  • Regulatory round-up

Agreement reached to complete the budget before roads

After much back and forth all year and parting shots all summer,