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Data Center Tax Credit Bill Gets Bipartisan Senate Passage
Thursday, May 9, 2024

Members of the Senate took a step toward the creation of a sales and use tax exemption for enterprise data centers Thursday through a bipartisan vote on an amended bill to establish the proposed credit.

Heated Debate On Campus Protests, DEI Mark Higher Ed Budget Vote
Thursday, May 9, 2024

The partisan gulf over ongoing college campus protests over the Israel-Hamas conflict and university diversity, equity and inclusion programs led to a sharply worded, angry floor debate Thursday prior to Senate passage of its higher education budget.

Local Gov't Groups Question Michigan Voting Rights Act Bills
Wednesday, May 8, 2024

The Senate Elections and Ethics Committee heard divided testimony Wednesday as it continued hearing from stakeholders on a bill package that would create a Michigan Voting Rights Act.

Senate Introduces Prison Productivity Credit Package
Tuesday, May 7, 2024

A bipartisan bill package that would allow some prisoners to earn productivity credits to reduce their sentences was introduced Tuesday in the Senate, a move the lead bill sponsor said has proven effective in other states and would improve recidivism rates if enacted into law.

Senate Begins Passing Budgets, MDARD Gets Bipartisan Support
Thursday, May 2, 2024

Some bipartisan effort highlighted business Thursday in the Senate as it began the process of moving their slate of appropriations bills, with members of both parties acknowledging work on an amendment to the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development budget.

Prevailing Wage Expansion Clears Divided Senate
Wednesday, May 1, 2024

The Senate voted Wednesday along party lines for legislation that would require renewable energy projects without state funding to pay the prevailing wage over objections from Republicans who said the changes were a slippery slope in expanding the prevailing wage beyond public projects.

Senate Elections Debates New Michigan Voter Rights Package
Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Michigan's secretary of state, voting rights experts and activists told a Senate panel Wednesday that they supported legislation to enact a State Voting Rights Act.

Senate Committee Hears Testimony On Child Independence Bills
Tuesday, April 30, 2024

New definitions of child neglect and abuse could prevent parents from being unnecessarily reported to Children's Protective Services, Sen. Jeff Irwin and Sen. Ed McBroom said in a Tuesday committee hearing.

Trial Court Funding Sunset Extended At The Price Of SCAO Study
Wednesday, April 24, 2024

The legislation needed to extend the sunset on the current funding system for trial courts is on the path to the governor's desk ahead of its May 1 sunset, but the bill that would examine a new mechanism to fund the courts is dead on the House floor, for now.

Senate Backs Return Of Dietitian Nutritionist Licensing
Wednesday, April 10, 2024

A bill to restore licensure for registered dietitian nutritionists for practicing nutrition therapy passed the Senate Wednesday with bipartisan support despite some members calling the proposal unnecessary.

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