Legislative News
August Legislative Report
Posted August 31st, 2017

Although the Legislature has been on summer break since June, that does not mean that nothing is happening in Lansing. Plenty of officials and legislators are planning rule changes or legislation that will begin moving in the fall.

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July Legislative Report by Todd Tennis
Posted July 31st, 2017

The Legislature has recessed for the summer and will not be back in session until September. They completed the 2018 budget process and the Governor signed it into law in July.

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Budget Update from Capitol Services
Posted June 7th, 2017

The budget impasse between the Legislature and the Governor regarding the future of the school pension system continues into June. State prisons would see a $10 million cut to their operations under the 2017-18 fiscal year budget approved today by a House-Senate conference committee.

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May Legislative Report by Todd Tennis of Capitol Services
Posted May 30th, 2017

The last month has been a whirlwind of conflicting budget numbers and proposals between the House, Senate and Governor Snyder. Complicating the annual appropriations process has been the agreement between Speaker of the House Tom Leonard and Senate Majority Leader Arlen Meekhof that the greatest threat to Michigan at this moment are public school pensions.

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April Legislative Report by Todd Tennis
Posted April 26th, 2017

The Michigan Legislature spent the first part of the new session focused mostly on the upcoming budget battles.

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Legislative Report by Todd Tennis of Capitol Services
Posted February 1st, 2017

The 99th Michigan Legislature was seated in Lansing this month. The term begins with a new Speaker, Representative Tom Leonard (R-DeWitt) in the Chair, but the same Republican/Democrat split of 63-47. It is widely believed that the Republican caucus has become more politically conservative as a result of the election, but that has yet to be seen.

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Legislatvie Report December 2016
Posted December 27th, 2016

It’s over. The 2015-16 Legislative session has come to a close after a brief but eventful Lame Duck session. For MAGE members, it turned out to be one of the quieter Lame Duck sessions in memory.

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October Legislative Report by Todd Tennis of Capitol Services
Posted October 25th, 2016

The election is upon us and it is one of the strangest our nation has ever had. Rarely have there been two presidential contenders that were so unpopular. Donald Trump’s highly unorthodox campaign could still bear fruit on November 8, but the latest polls show him a longshot to defeat Hillary Clinton. In Michigan, Clinton is up by anywhere from 5-8 points in the polls, but it is still hard to say how that will affect down-ballot races, if at all.

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August Legislative Report by Todd Tennis
Posted September 1st, 2016

The Primary Election is over, and due to the nature of Michigan’s legislative districts, that means that about 80% of Michigan House Seats have essentially been decided due to the fact that most seats are skewed toward one party or the other.

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July Legislative Report, by Todd Tennis of Capitol Services
Posted July 25th, 2016

The Michigan Legislature is in the middle of its summer recess, but most legislators and staff have shifted into campaign mode. Every seat in the Michigan House is up for election this year, though the Michigan Senate members will not appear on the ballot until 2018.

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MAGE Calls for Defeat of Civil Service Bills
Posted June 1st, 2016

Today the House Workforce and Talent Committee reported out legislation that would seriously undermine Michigan's decades old Civil Service system. Civil Service was established in the Michigan Constitution as a bar to politically motivated employment practices in state government.

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May Legislative Report
Posted May 24th, 2016

Revenue estimates make budget more difficult, Senate pushes for prison closure/privatization, Flint water crisis, FOIA exemptions and more.

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Cotter Proposal Would Make it Easier to Fire State Workers
Posted May 19th, 2016

House Speaker Kevin Cotter announced the introduction of a constitutional amendment that would make it easier to fire state government workers.

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Showdown Emerges On Prison Closures In Corrections Budget
Posted April 15th, 2016

A major disagreement has developed on the Department of Corrections budget with the chief senator on the topic backing a 2016-17 fiscal year budget proposal that would close two prisons and call for the department to lease and operate a privately owned prison in Baldwin.

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March 2016 Legislative Report
Posted March 31st, 2016

The Legislature just embarked on their two week Spring Recess, also called the In-District Work Period. They will return on April 12 to continue work on the budget, Detroit Public School reforms, and other pressing issues. Fallout regarding the Flint Water Crisis continues to dominate the agenda, and there will likely be more discussions regarding assistance to Flint residents through the spring.

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Legislative Report as of January 28, 2016
Posted February 1st, 2016

Halfway through the 2015/16 legislative session, issues surrounding Flint water and Detroit Public Schools have dominated the recent legislative sessions.

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December Legislative Report
Posted December 16th, 2015

Legislature Passes Road Fix Plan with Poison Pill Hidden Inside and Minimum Nursing Staffing Level Bill Introduced.

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October Legislative Report
Posted November 9th, 2015

House Passes Plan to Fix Roads, but at what Cost? & Grand Rapids Veterans Home Faces Staffing Questions

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September 2015 Legislative Report
Posted September 21st, 2015

Todd Tennis of Capitol Services reports on the legislative activity in September as the legislators return from summer recess.

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Capitol Services Legislative Report
Posted July 9th, 2015

The Legislature has completed work on the 2016 budget and is preparing for a few months of “district work” during which time the House and Senate will be on their summer recess. Although the Senate will return next week for a short session, and the House is due to return for one day in July, most observers do not expect much legislative action before fall.

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MAXEY Closure met with Democratic Opposition
Posted May 28th, 2015

Most of the budgets winning approval Tuesday from House-Senate conference committees sailed through with no opposition, but the move to close one of the three state-run juvenile facilities in the Department of Human Services' budget prompted strong Democratic opposition.

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Legislative Report for April 2015
Posted May 5th, 2015

The Michigan Legislature is a little over half-way through the budget process.

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March Legislative Report from Capitol Services
Posted March 27th, 2015

The Legislature has been moving at a frantic pace through February and March.

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Februay Legislative Update
Posted February 13th, 2015

Budget cuts and a major departmental overhaul topped the headlines in Lansing this month. In January, the House Fiscal Agency discovered a major shortfall in the current year budget, forcing over $300 million in cuts and transfers to bring the budget back into balance.

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Capitol Services January Legislative Report
Posted January 21st, 2015

The Legislature has been sworn in, committees have been named and the Governor has presented his State of the State address.

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Lame Duck Wrap-Up
Posted December 23rd, 2014

Capitol Services reports on the lame duck legislature's final actions for the year.

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Capitol Services October Legislative Report
Posted October 21st, 2014

Lansing in Full Campaign Mode as Election Nears – Lame Duck Session Looming. Although the Legislature has had a few session days this fall, they have taken relatively little action on controversial issues such as transportation funding and education reforms.

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June 2014 Legislative Report
Posted July 10th, 2014

Legislature Leaves for Summer – Passes budgets, fails to address roads

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April Legislative Update
Posted April 28th, 2014

Budget Season in Lansing - Spring has finally sprung in Lansing, and it is a time when a young legislator’s thoughts turn to…appropriations.

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March Legislative Report by Todd Tennis of Capitol Services
Posted March 31st, 2014

The Michigan Legislature is nearly halfway through the budget process as they prepare to take time off for much of April for their spring recess. Of course, when I say “taking time off,” for most State Representatives and State Senators that means “attending town halls, hosting constituent coffee hours, reading to students at elementary schools, and knocking doors in their district.”

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February Legislative Report by Todd Tennis of Capitol Services
Posted March 24th, 2014

Prisoner Food Protest Re-Raises Privatization Issue - Bill Introduced to Track UAL for State Pensions and Health Care and MAGE Still Waiting for Meeting to Address KPH Concerns

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January 2014 Legislative Update
Posted January 21st, 2014

The Legislature has returned from the holiday recess and is back in full swing. Last week, Governor Snyder presented his State of the State address, and in it he discussed his administration's accomplishments over the past three years and made a few new proposals (see below).

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Year End Legislative Update
Posted January 2nd, 2014

The Michigan Legislature is halfway through the 2013-2014 session. On some fronts, issues remain in flux. The recent changes to the Michigan Court of Claims will have an as yet undetermined impact on litigation over payroll deductions for state employees' pensions.

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Court of Claims Switch Might Affect State Employee Lawsuit
Posted November 19th, 2013

The Michigan Court of Claims was established in the State Constitution to hear cases against the State of Michigan. Lawsuits seeking monetary compensation are referred to the Court of Claims, which processes them.

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October Legistlative Update
Posted October 17th, 2013

State Administrative Board Approves Aramark Contract Despite strong and reasoned opposition from MAGE, on September 30, the State Administrative Board unanimously approved contracting out prison food services to Aramark.

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MAGE Speaks out at Civil Service Commission Meeting
Posted September 20th, 2013

MAGE spoke out loud and clear at the September 18 Civil Service Commission meeting against privatizing food services to the private company, Aramark.

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July Legislative Report from Capitol Services
Posted August 6th, 2013

The state Legislature is currently on summer break. The Legislature is scheduled to meet a few times during the summer; however, they may not reconvene until late August for official voting, unless Senate leadership decides they have arrived at a version of Medicaid expansion that is ripe for a vote, which now seems likely.

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June 2013 Legislative Report - Omnibus Budget Signed Contains Several Cases of Privatization
Posted June 18th, 2013

On June 13, Governor Snyder signed the Omnibus Budget Act into law. This bill contains the 2013-2014 appropriation for all state departments. Once again, the issue of privatization featured prominently in this year's budget discussions.

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MAY Legislative Update by Capitol Services
Posted May 8th, 2013

Budget Process Advances; Major holes remain. On paper, the state's budget process has made a lot of progress, but some significant gaps in revenue resulting from disagreements over Medicaid expansion, assistance with utility shut offs for indigent citizens, and increased funding for roads have yet to be resolved.

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Legislative Update by Capitol Services
Posted March 1st, 2013

At this point in the legislative session, the state budget has been introduced, with hearings taking part in the subcommittees dealing with each department's budget.

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Michigan Senator launches "Repeal Right-To-Work" Website
Posted February 27th, 2013

Sen Hoon-Yung Hopgood of Taylor launched a website this week in an effort to drive a take-down of the law signed in December by Gov. Rick Snyder.

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SB 878 - Private Prison Bill Passes Early this Morning
Posted December 13th, 2012

The Department of Corrections (MDOC) would have new power to contract with private facilities to house state inmates under a bill that passed early this morning.

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December 2012 Legislative Report
Posted December 10th, 2012

Right to Work Bills Pass in House, Senate: Following Governor Snyder's public announcement of his support for Right to Work legislation in Michigan, both the House and the Senate passed Right to Work legislation.

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Election Results
Posted November 9th, 2012

Capitol Services reports on the elections, and important need-to-know details.

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Legislative Update October 2012 by Capitol Services
Posted October 24th, 2012

Although September was a busy legislative month, October was mostly a month of campaigning for the legislature. However, the Senate (none of whose members are up for election for two years) was in session one day, during which it passed a number of bills, including legislation restructuring Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan. Neither the House nor the Senate will return to session until after the November General Election. MAGE members are reminded to vote-and to vote the "full" ballot, including the ballot proposals and Supreme Court races.

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Election Results
Posted August 17th, 2012

In three quarters of state legislative races, the primary essentially "is" the election because of the predominance of one party or the other in these races.

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The Budget
Posted June 12th, 2012

State Budget Finalized by the Legislature. Both the House and Senate have approved an Omnibus budget bill for state agencies. Some agencies' budgets of interest include: The Department of Human Services: The budget cuts $133,014,700 from the agency's FY 2011-12 gross appropriation, making the FY 2012-13 DHS budget $6,553,832,200. Corrections: The Department of Corrections FY 2012-13 appropriation is $2,000,915,900; $13,583,500 less than FY 2011-12. The Department of Community Health: DCH will see a $358,240,700 increase to $15,034,057,700 in the upcoming fiscal year. Department of Transportation: A provision in MDOT's budget will now require all new contract and subcontract employees for the agency to go through the e-Verify system to check the immigration status of their employees. MDOT employees were not included in this provision under the budget language.

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Prison Privatization Bill Still not Voted on in House.
Posted May 12th, 2012

House Bill 5174, a bill that would allow the state to privatize a prison, was taken off the House agenda once again shortly before it was supposed to be voted on.

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No Hearings on Nursing Staffing Legislation
Posted May 12th, 2012



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