Michigan Report for Friday, February 5, 2016

Court Issues Injunction Against 'Gag Order' Law

Michigan local governments won a major victory on Friday when a federal district judge issued a preliminary injunction against the controversial "gag order" law that local officials said prevented them from apolitical communications with constituents on local ballot issues, and that supporters had said would ensure that public funds were not being used to advocate for ballot issues.

U.S. District Judge John Corbett O'Meara, in an order issued from the U.S. District Court in Ann Arbor, called PA 269 of 2015 vague and confusing. That there are several pieces of legislation in process to either repeal or clarify the act demonstrates how vague it is, Mr. O'Meara said in his order.


State Axes Former Drinking Water Chief

Liane Shekter Smith, the head of the state's Office of Drinking Water and Municipal Assistance during the period when the division catastrophically erred in the handling of Flint's water, was fired Friday, the first state employee axed in response to the Flint water crisis.


Inaccuracies On Service Lines, Difficult Communication Discussed At Flint Meeting

The Department of Environmental Quality is hoping to work on shifting some of the responsibility for water quality sampling in residences across Flint to everyday people so the state can ensure it is getting to every resident possible, Director Keith Creagh said Friday at a meeting of the Flint Interagency Coordinating Committee.

Also In Gongwer

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  • EAA Given One More School Year
  • House Candidate Facing Sex Charges Still Running
  • Snyder Subpoena Expected To Be Filled By March
  • Appeals Court Upholds Limit On Medicaid Estate Recovery
  • Upton Sets Committee Hearing On Flint
  • Feds Approve Disaster Loan Eligibility For Flint Businesses
  • Audit Cites Unemployment Agency For Lax Data Security
  • Snyder Faces New Spate Of Recall Petitions
  • Capital Notebook: Former 'Survivor' Charged With Child Porn
  • Campaign Notes
  • Supplemental Agency Calendar

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