Law and Policy


A Detroit Police officer uses tear-gas on protesters during a demonstration in Detroit, Michigan late May 29, 2020, over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in Minneapolis after a white policeman kneeled on his neck for several minutes. - Violent protests erupted across the United States late Friday over the death of a handcuffed black man in police custody, with murder charges laid against the arresting Minneapolis officer failing to quell boiling anger.
FBI Questioned State Senator Staffer After Talk of ‘Dropping’ Ban on Tear Gas

The chief of staff for state Sen. Rosemary Bayer was woken up by the FBI for questioning one October morning. This legislation is why.

Michigan lawmakers agreed to ban open carry firearms at the state Capitol, but some members of the Legislature say the ban doesn't go far enough to protect Michiganders.
Michigan’s Legislators Don’t Think Open-Carry Ban Is Enough

Michigan leaders share with The ‘Gander what it’s like to lead in an era of bullets and riots at the Capitol.

A man carries a shotgun at a rally in support of President Donald Trump at the state capitol in Lansing, Mich., Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Michigan Bans Open Carry of Guns Inside State Capitol

‘Bullets are bullets,’ said Sen. Dayna Polehanki before state lawmakers declared that the days of firearms and at the state Capitol are done.

Michigan kids will be able to avoid jail time for petty offenses like curfew violations and missing homework, courtesy of a new state law.
Michigan’s New Criminal Justice Reforms Aim to Protect Children

The new legislation will keep kids out of prison for violations like a failure to complete homework.

Flint residents and supporters wear shirts in 2016 that reads "Flint Lives Matter" as they wait outside the room where Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy testify before a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing in Washington to look into the circumstances surrounding high levels of lead found in many residents' tap water in Flint, Michigan. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Flint Settlement Is a Beginning, Not a Resolution, Says Activist Mom

Lashaya Darisaw cautions against thinking the Flint Water Crisis is resolved, and against forgetting the true scale of the disaster.

Michigan residents may be able to renew their driver licenses and state identification cards less frequently in person. Instead, online and mail renewals will be allowed, pending House approval.
How Michigan’s Legislature Wants to Make It Easier—and Safer—for You to Renew Your License

On Thursday, the Senate unanimously approved legislation that would require fewer in-person trips to renew driver licenses and state ID cards, but the House still needs to vote.

A bipartisan group in the House and Senate delivered a rebuke of Trump's response to summer protests with a defense bill that requires federal officers to identify themselves at demonstrations. Image via Shutterstock
Mysterious Federal Officers Cracked Down on Protesters This Summer. Congress May Finally Be Responding.

Congress' annual defense authorization bill requires federal law enforcement agents to display identification while enacting with citizens, a seeming rebuke of actions at this year's protests.