Michigan Report for Thursday, September 18, 2014 Senate Report
House Report

Bill Addressing Counties Financial Concern Clears House

The House passed a bill on Thursday allowing courts to charge convicted or guilty-plea defendants "reasonable" fines to cover operational costs.

HB 5785*, which cleared the House Judiciary Committee last week, passed 95-14. It is designed to combat the Supreme Court decision from earlier this year in People v. Cunningham, where it ruled that a court does not have independent authority to set court costs.


Senate Breathing Life Back Into E-Cigarettes

The Senate has requested the return of a House bill that would have prohibited the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and scheduled a committee hearing for a wide-ranging tobacco tax change sponsored by the majority leader, but it remains unclear what action will come next.


Democrats File Complaint On MSHDA With Federal Authorities

Michigan Democrats have filed a complaint with the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development charging the Michigan State Housing Development Authority was operating with a conflict of interest under former Director Scott Woosley because his private firm was getting MSHDA funds.


Transportation Concentrating On Maintenance For 2015

The Department of Transportation will be able to match all of the federal funds that will be available for the coming year, but a good portion of that funding will go to maintaining the current system, officials told the Transportation Commission on Thursday.


Roberts Introduces Charter School Moratorium

Rep. Sarah Roberts (D-St. Clair Shores)

Rep. Sarah Roberts on Thursday announced legislation that would create a temporary moratorium on new charter schools and called for bipartisan reform of the schools to ensure they are more transparent, accountable and have ethical standards.

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  • Congressional Delegation, Minus 3, Pushes Emergency Declaration
  • House Judiciary Considers Firearm Definition Change, Digital Asset Access
  • Former Rep. Daniels Sentenced To Year In Prison
  • County Road Association Endorses Incumbents In Competitive House Seats
  • Snyder Replaces Moore On Film Advisory Council
  • Progress Michigan Files FOIA Suit Against Corrections In Aramark Case
  • Court Ends Administration Of Detroit District Court
  • Milliken Endorses Totten For Attorney General
  • State Schedules Foreclosed Property Sale
  • Capitol Jobs Marketplace Updated
  • Campaign Notes
  • Capital Notebook
  • Supplemental Agency Calendar

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