Last December, the Michigan Legislature approved a bill that classified the gray wolf as a “game species.” The act cleared the way for a debate over whether wolves should be hunted for sport. There are fewer than one-thousand wolves in the state’s Upper Peninsula, and groups opposed to a hunting season want to see that population survive. Last week, the group “Keep Michigan Wolves Protected” submitted more than 253,000 signatures to the Michigan Secretary of State in a bid to put the wolf hunting question on the ballot in 2014.
Michigan Democrats have not been able to prove House Speaker Jase Bolger and Representative Roy Schmidt broke the law in a party-switch scandal this year. That’s according to the state Bureau of Elections.
The Michigan Senate has approved a compromise bill that would end state-provided health coverage in retirement for new public school employees and require current workers to pay more for their pensions.
Last summer, Ingham County Register of Deeds Curtis Hertel Jr. threw his support behind a proposal to reform Michigan’s foreclosure practices. The measure is an effort to join 23 other states by enacting “judicial” foreclosure in Michigan.
Under the approach, a judge is assigned to personally review the details of all home foreclosures. Advocates say that exposes an often bewildering process to more scrutiny and reduces cases of wrongful foreclosure.
Governor Rick Snyder says local governments in the 11th congressional district should not expect the state to help cover the costs of a special primary to replace Congressman Thad McCotter. The cost is pegged at about $650,000.
Governor Rick Snyder says he hopes Republican lawmakers will act before the end of the summer to create an online place for people to comparison shop for health coverage.
The governor and Republicans in the state House have been at odds over the health care exchanges called for in the federal Affordable Care Act. GOP leaders say they wanted to wait for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule before acting. Now that the court has upheld the law, Republicans say they still have a lot of questions.
The chair of the Michigan Democratic Party says a prosecutor’s report shows his complaint of election law violations deserves another look. Mark Brewer says state House Speaker Jase Bolger and other Republicans used state resources to plot a lawmaker’s defection to the GOP and put a fake Democrat on the ballot.