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Tobacco Purchase Age Increase Passes Divided Senate
Thursday, June 23, 2022

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.

Dems Fume As Senate GOP Declines OK For Pride Resolution
Tuesday, June 14, 2022

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.

Critical Race Theory Bill Clears Senate Panel, Dems Walk Out
Tuesday, June 7, 2022

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 GOP Blocks Dem Procedural Moves To Push Gun Bills
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

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.

Campaign Notes: 12 Legislators Back Dixon For Governor
Friday, April 29, 2022

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.

Senate Subcommittee Slices $2.6B From LEO Budget Compared To FY21
Wednesday, April 20, 2022

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.

Dale Talks Technology, Staffing Improvements Before Senate Committee
Wednesday, March 2, 2022

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.

Partisan Divide Emerges Over K-12 Learning Loss Grant Proposal
Tuesday, March 1, 2022

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.

Automated Vehicle Roadway Tech Bill Moves Through Senate
Thursday, January 27, 2022

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.

Whitmer, Moving On From COVID, Focuses On Popular Issues
Wednesday, January 26, 2022

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.

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