Q&A: Here’s the truth about the citizen-initiated elective abortion insurance law

The citizen-initiated law allows insurance payment for elective abortions only through optional coverage, often referred to as a “rider.” The supplemental coverage will have a nominal cost to individuals. Traditional comprehensive health plans can still cover abortions for instances not only to protect the life of the mother, but to treat a woman if she…

Michigan ranks among the best in clean energy job growth

Crain’s Detroit Business recently published a report ranking Michigan among the nation’s best in clean energy job growth. According to the report, Michigan companies created about 1,100 clean energy jobs in the third quarter, showing once again that Michigan is “the comeback state.” Read the full article here. It’s also an example of our economy’s…

Bills approved today would update Michigan’s campaign finance laws

This week the House approved Senate Bills 440, 441, and 661 which aim to update Michigan’s outdated campaign finance laws. Campaign laws have not changed in Michigan in over 30 years. Michiganders should be able to contribute more to a campaign today than they would have 30 years ago.  These amounts are now more in…

In Case You Missed It: Dec. 2 through Dec. 6

In the News: MLive’s Bridge Magazine offers up a column regarding Michigan’s literacy rates and the proposed solution contained in House Bill’s 5111 and 5144. WZZM 13 discusses legislation on its way to Gov. Snyder to rename a portion of I-96 in honor of a Walker police officer killed in the line of duty. The…

10,000 Small Businesses Program Discovers Detroit

The 10,000 Small Businesses program sponsored by Goldman Sachs has discovered Detroit and a major announcement was made yesterday about $20 million in capital being made available to small-business owners in the Motor City. Perhaps more important than the cash is the business training being made available, as well. You can read about the announcement…

Commission On Human Trafficking releases report with legislative recommendations

The Michigan Commission On Human Trafficking, co-chaired by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and state Rep. Kurt Heise,  released its initial annual report today after more than six months of meetings, fact-finding, and collaboration with its members, including the Attorney General, state legislators, social services, private organizations, and human trafficking experts. [To read the entire…

‘Are you related to…’ Shrapnell has heard it all

St. Clair resident Mark Shrapnell testified before the House Elections and Ethics Committee today on an election reform measure he suggested to Rep. Dan Lauwers, but what many people in the committee room didn’t realize is that he’s got a famous distant cousin. Mark is related to British Major General Henry Shrapnel, who invented the…

Reps. Lyons and LaFontaine want to take a Senator hunting

Hunting is a time-honored Michigan tradition enjoyed by women and men alike. Senator Rebekah Warren, however, would like everyone to believe that the Legislature taking a short break to allow members to honor and promote this pastime “is proof the “male-dominated” culture is alive and well in the Senate.”* House Education Committee Chair and avid…

Legislative hearing called to learn about Gaming Control Board proposals

The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules held a hearing on Thursday regarding changes to charity gaming events. The rule changes have been proposed by the state’s Gaming Control Board and are not part of a legislative action. However, JCAR was established to help provide oversight on bureaucratic rule changes and yesterday’s hearing was a great…

Bills approved today would help with prevention of scrap metal theft

The House approved House Bills 4593 and 4595 today. They would help with the prevention of scrap metal theft and resale across Michigan. This is a particularly bad problem in the city of Detroit where abandoned houses being stripped are contributing to the devastation of neighborhoods. Speaker of the House Jase Bolger saw the impact…

Seeing Detroit as Detroiters see it

Seeing Detroit through the eyes of Detroiters was the main focus of a trip taken by Speaker of the House Jase Bolger, a Republican from Marshall, Speaker Pro Tem John Walsh, a Republican from Livonia, and State Representative Harvey Santana, a Democrat from Detroit. The two Republicans and a couple of staff members joined Rep….

In Case You Missed It: 10/21 through 10/25

In the news: –Frank Beckman discusses a House Bill offering relief to Michigan families that are looking to buy a vehicle on his show on WJR. –WLEW discusses measures recently introduced in the House targeting “smurfing”, a practice used to acquire pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in methamphetamine production. –MLive has a story about new school…

Federal government cuts food stamp benefit for Michigan residents

Federal funding for food stamps has apparently run its course and the feds are now cutting aid to Michigan children and other residents. Many people will remember that Michigan public schools were in a similar situation two years ago when President Obama’s stimulus package ended and the federal government cut funding to our school districts. …

“And that means jobs, jobs, jobs”

The headline says it all…well, ok, it says most of it. Did you see this editorial from Sunday’s Detroit News? We agree a lot has been done and that there is still a lot more to do. The work we have accomplished in the state Legislature has helped private-sector employers create more than 220,000 jobs…