Government Affairs News

Governmental Affairs: Friday, September 26, 2014

House Tourism hears Buy Nearby update

The House Tourism Committee welcomed MRA on September 18 for an update of our statewide Buy Nearby campaign. Committee members heard about the success of last year’s Get Caught Blue-Handed Day,

Governmental Affairs: Friday, September 12, 2014

Legislators return for fall session

Legislators returned to Lansing this week for several weeks of fall session after a two-month summer break. Lawmakers did some work over the summer during three session days,

Governmental Affairs: Friday, June 20, 2014

Session’s out for summer

Lawmakers wrapped up a whirlwind spring session last week after they approved budgets, but the legislature failed to take any decisive action on transportation funding. None is expected before fall.

Governmental Affairs: Friday, June 6, 2014

Session winding up before it winds down

The Capitol has become a pressure cooker as lawmakers hurry to complete the budget, transportation funding and other big pending legislation before the summer break.

Governmental Affairs: May 23, 2014

Minimum wage debate heats up

Efforts to find a compromise on the minimum wage issue and prevent the ballot proposal from moving forward have ramped up rapidly over the last week. 

Governmental Affairs: May 16, 2014

Senate passes $9.20 minimum wage tied to inflation

In a surprising turn of events, the Senate quickly passed legislation yesterday that repeals Michigan’s existing minimum wage law, replaces it with a gradual increase to $9.20 an hour by 2017 and indexes the rate to the lower of inflation or 4%.

Governmental Affairs: May 9, 2014

MRA’s legislative reception a success

Last week, Michigan Retailers Association held its annual legislative reception and had great turnout from legislators and lawmakers. This year we had 39 legislators attend and nearly 100 attendees overall.

Governmental Affairs: April 11, 2014

Spring break

Lawmakers are currently in the middle of a legislative spring break. They will return for one day over the next two weeks and resume regular session the last week of April.

Governmental Affairs: March 28, 2014

Youth e-cigarette ban moves forward in House

Despite concerns by the Department of Community Health, the House Regulatory Reform Committee on March 18 reported out HB 4997 and SB 667