Michigan Report for Tuesday, May 24, 2016 Senate Report
House Report

Higher Ed $20M Less Than Recommended; Prison To Close

As officials continue to work out the 2016-17 fiscal year budget agreement, sources said Tuesday the state's universities would see about $20 million less than what Governor Rick Snyder originally recommended earlier this year and with prison inmate levels falling, the state will close a prison.

While no official target agreement has been signed, conference committees for the individual budgets are expected to finish their work by next week, sources speaking on condition of anonymity said. General Fund target funding levels have been distributed to the Appropriations subcommittee chairs for each department and major budget area.


Gilbert Campaign Implodes With Stunning Exit

Melissa Gilbert has decided to end her campaign for the 8th U.S. House District in a stunning decision that could leave Democrats without a candidate against U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop (R-Rochester).


Lawsuit Filed Against Repeal Of Straight-Ticket Voting

A lawsuit filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court in Detroit contends the law enacted late last year repealing the option for voters to choose a political party's slate of candidates with a single vote on their ballot violates the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution, the U.S. Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Americans with Disabilities Act.

Also In Gongwer

  • Medically Frail Prisoners Package Held Up In Senate Committee
  • House Panel OKs $100 Fine For 'Aggressive' Panhandling
  • House Bill Increases Penalties For Driving Without A License
  • House Members Accuse SOS Of Playing ‘Politics' With License Renewal Bill
  • Senate Panel OKs Bill Letting Dogs In Outdoor Areas At Restaurants
  • Senate Committee OKs Bill Changing Regulation Of Vending Machines
  • Bills Protecting Domestic Abuse Victims Reported By House Committee
  • Energy Emergency Declared To Ensure Gas Supplies For Holiday Weekend
  • House Committee Reports Probate Appeals Bills
  • Supreme Court: Others' Conduct Cannot Dictate Defendants Sentence
  • Total State Property Values Up $14 Billion
  • Capital Notebook: Leavitt Leaving Senate For Kildee

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