A bill package meant to codify restrictions on tobacco sales to persons 21 and older passed the Senate on Thursday after being discharged from committee despite opposition raised by a Republican member prior to the votes.
A nonbinding resolution acknowledging June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Month was referred to a Senate committee during Tuesday's session over objections from Democrats who questioned why it was not immediately adopted and later pointed to proposed changes the sponsor said watered down the resolution.
Legislation was reported by a Senate committee Tuesday that supporters said would ban the use of curriculum that includes a gender or race stereotype in K-12 schools, drawing a walkout by Democrats opposed to the proposal.
Senate Democrats sought a new avenue in their push for getting movement on gun legislation Wednesday by trying to force a floor vote on a bill package by quickly discharging multiple bills from committee to the floor via parliamentary procedure.
A dozen sitting lawmakers on Friday issued their support for Republican gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon, which the candidate said highlights her growing appeal in the party and the perception that she could lead the state as its next executive.
Several one-time funding and full-time employees were excluded for the fiscal year 2022-23 executive budget recommendations by the Senate Appropriations Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity/Michigan Economic Development Corporation Subcommittee, resulting in a nearly 60 percent decrease compared to the gross funding of fiscal year 2021-22.
Unemployment Insurance Agency Director Julia Dale said the state is working with internal and external partners to improve the Michigan Integrated Data Automated System and the Michigan Web Account Manager while discussing budget recommendations Wednesday before a Senate panel.
A legislative proposal that would create a grant program to provide students services to address coronavirus pandemic learning loss through private vendors was heard before a Senate panel Tuesday, drawing a divided response along party lines.
The state and private sector could soon join forces and work on bringing automated vehicle roadway technology to the state under legislation that cleared the Senate on Thursday by a wide margin.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer's fourth State of the State message centered on her support for issues with broad popular support like bringing back a tax break for seniors, boosting a tax credit for the working poor, keeping children in school buildings for their education and her determination to move on those issues in a bipartisan way.