Eight Republicans crossed over to vote with the Democratic majority to add LGBTQ protections to the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act on Wednesday.
After decades of being relegated as a nonstarter under the Republican-controlled Legislature, an expansion of the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to include sexual orientation and gender identity and expression is just procedural steps away from being signed into law.
Legislation to repeal a requirement to hold back third graders not reading proficiently is one step closer to the governor's desk to be signed.
House committee assignments were adjusted on Tuesday, with Republican members being removed, added and reassigned to various panels.
Following the Ford Motor Company's announcement last week of a $3.5 billion investment to build a battery plant in Marshall, the Marshall Area Economic Development Alliance, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and other partners are requesting an additional $750 million in funds from the state to prepare the site.
The House Appropriations Committee reported a concurrent resolution on Wednesday that would allow the state to increase the wages of certain state employees immediately rather than waiting until the start of the next fiscal year.