The House Republicans also inserted language restricting the ability of the state and local governments to impose mask mandates on K-12, college students and others. The governor's office is researching the issue. Whitmer does not favor that and she could veto those restrictions.
In order to secure the budget deal, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer agreed not to issue COVID-19 vaccine requirements that extend beyond President Joe Biden's rules.
In another text, Rep. Steve Marino told Rep. Mari Manoogian “You’re truly the worst human being I’ve ever met. I mean that with the utmost sincerity. Just a parasite.” The two had a previous relationship that ended more than a year ago.
Both parties entered negotiations backed with a big surplus in consumer spending and other coronavirus relief funds, which likely eased what can be a tough legislative process.
"It can happen right here in our legislature, where abuse of power and threats to ruin a colleague's reputation, as well as threats of public shaming, can be used to intimidate fellow members of the legislature," Rep. Mari Manoogian said. "I am asking for privacy as I take steps to ensure my safety while I continue to represent my district and do the work of the people."
"I would hope that we find that there’s a misunderstanding, but it sure looks like that there’s a problem here that needs to be addressed," Roe said.
"I will not be voting yes today. I will be voting hell yes," said State Rep. Jack O'Malley (R-Lake Ann).
Lawmakers in the GOP-led state House received heavy pushback from election clerks and voting-rights advocates about plans to add an ID component to absentee ballots and signature verification at polling places.
The state's newest budget essentially closes a funding gap for schools, adding an extra $589 per student for most districts. The House approved the measure by a 105-3 vote.
The state reduced auto insurance rates by 45% in cases of catastrophic injuries in a crash. But that means rehab facilities and in-home care providers will feel the squeeze and less money coming in.
Michigan is among just two states where lawmakers do not have to file disclosure reports, which can reveal conflicts of interest.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer pocket vetoed the bill last year for an unclear reason, enraging supporters of the legislation.
The proposed cuts would reallocate almost $40 million away from the University of Michigan and $8.2 million away from Wayne State. But funding would rise for seven other schools like Central, Eastern, and Grand Valley.
Critics argued the bill introduced by Rep. Matt Maddock violates First Amendment protections for journalists. The bill would fine fact checkers $1,000 every day they don't register.
Rep. Bryan Posthumus was arrested Friday after he drifted off the road, hit a mailbox, and rolled over. His blood alcohol level was 0.13%.
Legislation that would combine May and August elections into one day in June cleared the state House Tuesday. Many Democrats and some Republicans opposed the bill.
"Our students should not be subjected to these asinine regulations that are not ethical, legally questionable and totally ineffective. Our students are not guinea pigs for the state of Michigan," she said.
Former health director Robert Gordon abruptly resigned from his post in January. It was later revealed he was paid $155,000 in severance when he left.
Michigan is one of the least transparent governments in the country and only one of two states that don't require lawmakers to report personal finances when voting on bills.
The budget plan would send $13 billion to schools, local governments, child care, food and rental assistance, coronavirus testing, and vaccine distribution.