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State extends deadline for medical marijuana businesses

September 12, 2018
LANSING — Michigan regulators have again extended the deadline for medical marijuana businesses to be licensed, allowing 108 facilities to continue operating, while warning that 98 others will be issued cease-and-desist letters if they do not close. Read More

State drops conviction box from job and license applications

September 7, 2018
LANSING — Governor Rick Snyder is ordering the state to no longer ask job applicants and people seeking certain occupational licenses to check a box if they’ve been convicted of a felony. Read More

Michigan's reading scores are slightly up amid mostly poor results

August 30, 2018
LANSING — Michigan third- and fourth-graders improved slightly on reading and math tests last spring, but those results were among the "few highlights" in otherwise disappointing scores, state officials said yesterday. Read More

Michigan court orders $12 minimum wage initiative on ballot

August 23, 2018
LANSING — The Michigan Court of Appeals has ordered that an initiative to raise the state's minimum wage to $12 be placed on the November ballot, rejecting the restaurant industry's challenges to petition signatures and how the measure is written. Read More

Schuette and Whitmer win nominations for governor of Michigan

August 8, 2018
LANSING — Former legislative leader Gretchen Whitmer won the Democratic nomination for Michigan governor yesterday, leading what could be an all-female Democratic statewide ticket into her fall showdown against Republican state Attorney General Bill Schuette, an ally of President Donald Trump. Read More

Emails: Attorney General Schuette talked politics with staff in workday call

August 1, 2018
LANSING — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette scheduled a phone call with state employees to discuss "presidential politics" during work hours and later dangled financial incentives to those who secured the most endorsements for Jeb Bush, according to emails from 2015 that surfaced a week before the gubernatorial primary. Read More

Commission: Investigate LGBT complaints despite attorney general opinion

July 24, 2018
LANSING — The Michigan Civil Rights Commission directed an agency to continue investigating complaints of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, days after the state attorney general declared the basis for the probes to be invalid, because state law does not protect LGBT people from discrimination. Read More

Group submits 430,000 signatures for Michigan voting measure

July 11, 2018
More than 430,000 signatures were submitted recently for a 2018 ballot initiative to expand voting in Michigan by allowing absentee ballots to be cast for any reason and implementing measures such as same-day voter registration. Read More

State Legislature repeals prevailing wage law

June 7, 2018
LANSING — The Republican-controlled Michigan Legislature has rescinded the state's decades-old law that guarantees higher wages for construction workers on government projects, quickly enacting the repeal initiative rather than letting it go to a public vote. Read More

Michigan board: Civil rights law bars LGBT discrimination

May 22, 2018
LANSING — A Michigan agency will for the first time process complaints of discrimination against LGBT people after a board said that the state's civil rights law prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Read More