Governmental Affairs News

Gov’t Affairs News: Supreme Court changes, budgets and more

Michigan Supreme Court changes

The past two months have seen a number of changes to the makeup of the Michigan Supreme Court. Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday named Court of Appeals Judge Kurtis Wilder to the Michigan Supreme Court.

Gov’t Affairs News: snack restrictions, liquor license rules, and opioids

Sugar-sweetened beverage and snack waiver defeated

As the legislature moves closer to finalizing the budget, language added to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) budget attracted some concern from retailers but has since been removed.

Gov’t Affairs News: potential tax increases, pre-Labor Day school start and more

Legislation to discourage property tax appeals reintroduced

Legislation creating an unfair property tax appeals system that would increase the cost and length of the appeals process was reintroduced on March 22.

Gov’t Affairs News: gas station skimmers, drone task force and more

Gas station credit card skimmer legislation reintroduced

Legislation to require certain security measures to combat credit card skimmers on motor fuel pumps was introduced as SB 228 on March 9.

Gov’t Affairs News: Paid sick leave, Medicaid and more

Democrats renew push for paid sick leave

At a press conference on Wednesday, legislators called for Michigan to adopt earned paid sick leave regulations. The legislation, introduced yesterday as HB 4307 and SB 212,

Gov’t Affairs News: income tax repeal, budget, appointments and more

House committee quickly reports income tax repeal

After only one committee hearing, the House Tax Policy Committee reported HB 4001 – a bill to repeal the state’s income tax over 40 years.

Gov’t Affairs News: personal income tax, “Tobacco 21,” and more

Possible income tax cut or repeal at top of House priorities

The new 99th legislature is more conservative than the previous one, a fact evident in some of the top priorities already identified.

Gov’t Affairs News: Governor delivers upbeat State of the State address

Governor delivers upbeat State of the State address

Governor Rick Snyder delivered his seventh State of the State address last night and focused largely on the improvements made since 2010.

Gov’t Affairs News: “Tame duck” ends on an electric note

Tame lame-duck session ends

The 98th Michigan Legislature wrapped up its lame-duck session at a reasonable time yesterday evening, just after 7:00 p.m., after finally pinning down an elusive energy deal.