Rep. Karen Whitsett of Detroit has often been at odds with leaders in her own party. While she supports abortion rights, she has reservations on several bills. And she warned leaders that other Democrats share her concern.
Buoyed by an influx of federal pandemic relief funding, the city is investing $10 million in small organizations — some of which labored for years to protect neighborhoods on shoestring budgets — on the new “ShotStoppers” crime reduction strategy.
Thirty-three states have laws barring those convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor from owning guns. Michigan does not. The proposed law would also suspend access to firearms for people who are subject to a protection order.
State lawmakers approved $7 million for the state Department of Corrections to buy body cameras for state correctional facilities — an effort prison reform advocates call a step toward greater prison transparency.
Democrats pass their first budget since taking over the Legislature, spending down a $7 billion surplus and largely adopting Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s priorities. Republicans call plan bloated.
Will fans get drunker and rowdier? Research is mixed. But one thing is for sure: Millions of profits are on the line.
Democrats, unions and local officials say legislation would give cities autonomy to set higher minimum wage, require paid sick leave. Republicans call the plan a jobs-killer.
Flurry of Democratic legislation also includes mandatory lead testing for young children, alcohol sales inside college stadiums and reforms to prevent child abuse.
Michigan lawmakers may soon allow universities to sell alcohol inside stadiums. Supporters argue the measure could help reduce pre-gaming among college students
A proposal to shift oversight of gravel mines to the state is back in the state House, pitting business and union leaders against environmentalists and township officials.