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Senator Introduces $1.5 Billion Infrastructure Plan

Jun 11, 2021

Utilizing one-time Federal Funding, Senator Wayne Schmidt (R-Traverse City) introduced legislation that would provide funds to repair every severe bridge in the state. Of the nearly 12,000 bridges in Michigan, 7,038 are managed by local municipalities. Of that, over 400 are in critical need of repairs. This bill would fund repairs for all those bridges […]

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Governor Creates Juvenile Justice Reform Task Force

Jun 11, 2021

This week, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order creating the Task Force on Juvenile Justice Reform, chaired by Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist. It will be tasked with analyzing the state’s juvenile justice system, while recommending proven practices and strategies for reform. The task force will exist as a partnership between county and state leaders, […]

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House Passes Ethics Reforms Package

Jun 11, 2021

This week the House passed a package of legislation reforming ethics and transparency laws for government officials. This is only the recent round of changes passed, as the House has previously passed an expansion to the Freedom of Information Act and changes to lame duck sessions. Reforms approved this week include gift restrictions, new penalties […]

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Governor Calls for Investment to Boost Tourism

Jun 11, 2021

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced her plan for a $250 million investment into state parks and trails across the state. The plan calls for using federal relief dollars to invest in parks and trails and address the backlog of park infrastructure projects, which will help support businesses and local economies. The funds will help modernize parks […]

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Senate Passes License Expiration Extension

Jun 11, 2021

In response to the backlog at Secretary of State branch offices, the Senate passed an extension to expiration dates of driver’s licenses and state identification cards. Branch offices have been overwhelmed and residents have been having difficulty scheduling appointments due to the ongoing impacts of the pandemic. These bills would retroactively extend expiration dates until […]

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Looking Ahead to the Week of June 12 – 18, 2021

Jun 11, 2021

The House and Senate are scheduled to hold their typical Tuesday – Thursday session schedule.

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Five Things We’re Reading

Jun 08, 2021

Below are some of the articles that the MLC lobby team has been reading this past week. We hope you find them as interesting and useful as we do. This is the Entire Internet, Visualized as an 18th-Century Map of the World – This layout shows how websites such as Google and YouTube would look […]

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Last Week on the MLC Blog

Jun 07, 2021

The Senate Elections Committee reported a package of bills making reforms to voting laws in Michigan. The House passed legislation prohibiting a state agency or local government from issuing documentation certifying an individual has received the COVID-19 vaccine. Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Directive 2021-02, which aims to make high-speed internet access more affordable and […]

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