Governor Whitmer signs first bill into law

Mar 21, 2019

The first bill signed into law by Governor Gretchen Whitmer was passed unanimously by the state Legislature.

The new law will keep a judge’s seat in a court in the Upper Peninsula. The current judge is retiring and a 20-12 law would have gotten rid of the seat. But that would have meant that only one district court judge would have been responsible for three counties – and more than 100 miles of the state.

Republican Senator Ed McBroom is a bill sponsor. He says with that much traveling, judges would have likely had to sometimes cancel court due to weather…which could’ve created backlogs.

“It’s just not a good situation for getting people’s justice expedited.”

The law will also allow for a drug treatment court.