Michigan Report for Friday, April 29, 2016

No Reason Absentee Voting Bill Shelved

A bill to allow voters to cast an in-person absentee ballot for any reason will not be taken up anytime soon despite a request from Governor Rick Snyder in January that it be sent to his desk as soon as possible.

The bill (HB 4724*) would end the limit on casting an absentee ballot to those 60 and older, with a physical disability requiring assistance at the polls, who be absent from home on Election Day and with a few other specific circumstances. Instead, those not meeting the criteria could vote absentee as long as they did so in person under the bill.


Johnson's Absences In Senate Piling Up

Sen. Bert Johnson has been excused from session 30 percent of the time since the Legislature reconvened in January, an analysis by Gongwer News Service has found, but he said he expects to be in attendance again next week.


Newsmaker Friday: Retailers Fight 'Bad Guy' Image On Property Taxes

Amy Drumm, director of government relations for the Michigan Retailers Association, said Friday the controversy surrounding retail property valuations has painted retailers and other business groups as bad guys, right down to the main term used for the issue: "dark stores."

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