A Republican state lawmaker says he’ll soon make another attempt soon to relax restrictions on concealed guns in schools. That’s after Governor Rick Snyder vetoed a measure last year that would have allowed teachers, parents and visitors to carry concealed weapons in schools.
A petition drive launches this week to reverse the new law that allows the state to establish a wolf hunting season in the Upper Peninsula. The first step is an appearance this week before a state elections panel.
Michigan is entering the fourth year of slow improvements in the economy even though job growth slowed down in 2012. That’s the word from economists who spoke at a conference Friday at the state Capitol.
Governor Rick Snyder has signed an updated local emergency manager law to replace the one rejected last month by voters. The governor says the new law is an improvement because it gives local governments more options to come up with a plan to dig out of a financial crisis. Critics say it's not very different from what voters said "no" to. It still grants emergency managers sweeping authority over local governments that are taken over by the state. The new law cannot be challenged by a referendum the way the old law was.
Governor Rick Snyder’s veto of a concealed pistols bill this week preserves the status quo concerning where people may or may not carry firearms. The measure he rejected would have allowed concealed guns in schools, day cares, and hospitals.
But the veto did little to settle the confusion on guns and where they are allowed.
Governor Rick Snyder says the Detroit mayor and city council are operating under some tight deadlines if they want to avoid a state takeover. A formal state Treasury review of the city’s finances is underway.
There’s plenty of drama expected this week in Lansing as Republicans in the Legislature appear ready to send to Governor Rick Snyder bills that would make Michigan a so-called “right-to-work” state.
The next chapter in this drama will open this morning with a conference call between a judge and the litigants in a lawsuit that’s trying to stop or at least slow down the “right-to-work” momentum in Lansing.
The Michigan House and Senate have passed the legislation in different versions, and may take final action on the bills next week. Michigan could become the 24th state to say workers cannot be forced to pay union dues even if they work for a business or government employer with union representation.