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House Panel Starts Convo On Economic Development Legislation
Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Lawmakers formally began conversations on the long-term economic development policy package introduced last week, which was discussed at length during the Detroit Regional Chamber's Mackinac Policy Conference.

Redistricting Moves 6 Draft Maps To Public Comment
Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Six draft state Senate maps advanced Tuesday by the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission could mean dramatic changes for several incumbents eligible for reelection in 2026.

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 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.

Latest Senate Map Contains Wholescale Changes
Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Members of the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission spent more time bickering than mapping on Tuesday, but the body was able to complete a third map configuration for Detroit's Senate seats this week.

Population Council Co-Chair Says Report Shelved; Senate Dem Disagrees
Monday, April 22, 2024

The Republican co-chair of Governor Gretchen Whitmer's council to recommend strategies to reverse the state's population decline said he believes it was placed on a shelf to never be used.

IPPSR Detroit-Area Senate Map Could Mean Big Changes If Emulated
Wednesday, April 3, 2024

A draft Senate map for the Detroit area drawn by professors at Michigan State University, done as a potential guide for the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission as they redraw the area under court order, could mean at least one open seat, an opportunity for a Republican pickup and some changes for incumbent senators.

Senate Dems: Economic Development Changes Important Shift In Policy
Friday, March 22, 2024

Senate Democrats said Tuesday's passage of sweeping changes to state economic development incentive policy was months in the making and necessary to attract an educated workforce and families.

Whitmer: Michigan Is Counting On Economic Development Plan
Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Governor Gretchen Whitmer's office praised several pieces of the economic development proposal that cleared the Senate on Tuesday but didn't directly address the Strategic Outreach and Attraction Reserve Fund bill that would move up to $250 million toward community-focused projects.

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