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Online sports betting in Michigan will wait until 2021

January 23, 2020
LANSING — Sports bettors may be able to place wagers in person at Detroit casinos this spring but will wait until 2021 to do so online, Michigan's regulatory agency said Wednesday. Read More

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer prepares road 'triage' plan that may trim $2.5B ask

January 20, 2020
There is a ray of good news as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer prepares to renew her push for major new spending to fix Michigan's roads and bridges. Read More

Jail task force urges overhaul of Michigan bail system

January 15, 2020
LANSING — Michigan should reclassify many traffic offenses as civil infractions, release more defendants before trial without requiring them to pay money, consider alternatives to incarceration and take other steps to reduce jail populations that tripled in under 40 years, a task force said Tuesday. Read More

State forecasts modest growth in economy, tax revenue

January 13, 2020
LANSING — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and lawmakers received a generally positive economic and revenue forecast Friday but tempered it by warning of budget pressures due to tax cuts, a road-funding deal and other factors. Read More

‘Remote’ pharmacies bill OK'd by Legislature

January 10, 2020
LANSING — People could pick up prescriptions at Michigan pharmacies that are not staffed by an on-site pharmacist under a bill that cleared the Legislature on Wednesday and will go to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for her signature. Read More

Ballot drive to bar LGBTQ discrimination begins in Michigan

January 8, 2020
LANSING — A group launched a 2020 ballot initiative Tuesday to expand Michigan's civil rights law to include anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people, a step that would put the issue to voters if the Republican-led Legislature does not pass the measure. Read More

State sues opioid distributors under drug dealer law

December 18, 2019
LANSING — Michigan is suing four companies over the deadly painkiller epidemic, becoming what state Attorney General Dana Nessel said is the first state to sue major opioid distributors under a liability law that is typically used to go after drug dealers. Read More

Michigan Legislature OKs restoring over half of vetoed funds

December 12, 2019
LANSING — The Republican-led Michigan Legislature overwhelmingly voted to restore more than half of the state funding that Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed, largely resolving a protracted budget process that broke down over fixing aging roads and morphed into a fight about gubernatorial powers. Read More

Ex-lawmakers sue over state's legislative term limits

November 25, 2019
LANSING — Eight former Michigan lawmakers have filed a lawsuit alleging they have been unconstitutionally blocked from running again by "draconian" term-limit restrictions that also prevent voters from backing candidates of their choice. Read More

PAC files 3rd challenge to state election laws

November 22, 2019
LANSING — The state of Michigan has adopted laws and policies that overly restrict new voting rights included in a voter-passed constitutional amendment, a group alleges in a lawsuit. Read More