Law and Policy


Devorah Newman, 49, of Waterford gets some tips on threading the needle from volunteer Georgeann Edford of Bingham Farms as they work in Soul Studio in West Bloomfield, Mich. on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Soul Studio is an art studio for adults with special needs. The day program has artists and volunteers who work with people 18 and older who have autism, cerebral palsy and other conditions to work with paint, clay, photography, textiles and tons of other media to make beautiful artwork. They learn skills and sell their wares at the studio. There's an art show coming up, too, and the artists get 40 percent of the sales. (Mandi Wright/Detroit Free Press/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)
Clarity in a Tense Moment Could Mean All the Difference for Michiganders with Autism

A new marker for people with autism and the hearing impaired could help avoid misunderstandings with law enforcement.

Trish Villanueva (C) of Seattle holds a sign with the hashtag "stop AAPI hate" during the We Are Not Silent rally organized by the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Coalition Against Hate and Bias in Bellevue, Washington on March 18, 2021. - The shooting rampage in Atlanta by a 21-year-old white man that left six women of Asian origin dead has laid bare the fears of an Asian-American community on edge over a spike in hate crimes because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Michiganders Are Condemning Anti-Asian/Pacific Islander Hate

Brutal anti-Asian American attacks across the country have hit home in Michigan. Now these local women are paving the way for change.

Natalie Johnson and Megan Oswalt tried to get married at a wedding venue in southern Michigan. The venue said no.
Michiganders Can Still Be Evicted for Being LBGTQ. Here’s How to Change That.

They started out fighting for their dream wedding, but ended up with a court ruling that made LGBTQ Michiganders vulnerable to evictions.

Teesha Montague works at Huron View Provisioning in Ann Arbor, Mich., Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021.  The first year of state-licensed recreational marijuana sales in Michigan saw $511 million of sales in recreational and $474 million in medical sales, generating over $100 million in tax revenue, but the state also found that the industry drastically failed to attract minority business owners.  (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Recreational Pot Is Big Business for Michiganders—as Long as They’re White

They paid the price in the war on drugs. Now they are left out of Michigan’s booming marijuana industry.

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.