Rick Pluta

 

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has issued an opinion that says a law adopted late last year by the Legislature is not constitutional. The law makes it harder for petition campaigns to put political questions directly to voters.

The law was adopted by Republicans in the Legislature before it was signed by then-Governor Rick Snyder.

The opinion from Nessel – a Democrat – says the law violates multiple provisions of the state Constitution.

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               State Representative Larry Inman has been booted from closed-door planning sessions with fellow House Republicans. That’s following his indictment on charges of soliciting a bribe and lying to the FBI.
 

The indictment says Inman tried to squeeze a prospective donor for campaign contributions in exchange for his vote on a contentious labor issue. Republican House members disowned Inman in a closed-door meeting.
                Republican Lee Chatfield is the also the House Speaker.

“He has lost the faith and trust of the Republican caucus.”

moneytalk.com

An international trade war could reduce how much money Michigan has to spend on roads, schools, and health care.
                That’s the word from economists who testified today before a state budget panel.
 

housegop.gov

State Representative Larry Inman (IN’-men) says he will not resign his seat as he faces federal charges of soliciting campaign contributions in exchange for votes by fellow lawmakers.

Inman is a Republican from Willamsburg just outside Traverse City.

       He is accused of soliciting campaign donations in a failed effort to get money for Republicans who agreed to vote against repealing Michigan’s prevailing wage laws. Inman is also accused of lying to the FBI.

Republicans in the state Legislature have set the stage for a showdown with Governor Gretchen Whitmer over bills to outlaw an abortion procedure.

Republican called votes in the House and the Senate on bills to ban the dilation-and-evacuation procedure.

Democrats including state Representative Mari Manoogian voted “no.”

“Decisions about women’s health care should be made by women and their physicians, not politicians.”

Governor Whitmer says the bills will be vetoed if any reach her desk.

righttocrime.com

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed a new law that says police departments cannot keep assets seized as part of an investigation unless the owner is convicted of a crime.

Prosecutors have used civil actions to seize assets as part of a strategy to combat drug dealing. But critics says the seizures violate due process rights. 

   Governor Whitmer is a former county prosecutor who says it was a solution that became a problem.

 “I know that many of our citizens have not been treated fairly, or offered the protections that they deserve, and that changes today.”

elpasoco.com

The state of Michigan has reached a court settlement that allows voters to take pictures of their ballots and post them on social media.

   The deal says voters can snap and share pictures of their ballots as long as it’s done in the privacy of the voting booth.

Patrick Jaicomo  is the attorney representing the voter who sued in federal court to overturn the ban. He says this a victory for political free speech.

bbinsure.com

The state Senate today approved a bill to change the rules governing how auto insurance is sold in Michigan.

The bill would place new caps on medical benefits for people who don’t buy additional coverage.

Critics say this Republican plan would leave drivers who would be hurt the most by high medical bills with the least protection.

Senator Adam Hollier of Detroit agrees, but was still one of only two Democrats to vote for the bill. He says his city has some of the highest insurance rates in the country, and it’s past time to do something.

bridgemi

Republicans in the Legislature will challenge to a federal court decision that struck down Michigan’s congressional and legislative district lines.

   The court says Republicans went too far in drawing districts to the benefit of Republican candidates.

The decision says the Legislature has until August to come up with new, fairer district lines.       

   The lines were approved a Republican House, a Republican Senate, and a Republican governor. GOP leaders say, yes, they were in control, but they followed the rules.

dailykos

The fight over abortion rights has resumed in the state Legislature. A state House committee opened hearings today (Wed.) on legislation to ban the dilation-and-evacuation abortion procedure. Similar bills are up for a hearing tomorrow before a state Senate committee.

Republicans say this would be allowed under the Roe-versus-Wade US Supreme Court decision, although similar laws have been blocked by federal courts in other states.

   Opponents say the bills would violate medical best practices and intrude into the doctor-patient relationship.

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