Stories tagged: "Michigan Legislature"

State Rep. Joseph Fox is sworn into office. (State Representative Joseph Fox via Facebook)
Michigan Republicans Pitch ‘Unconstitutional’ Bill to Force Religious Teachings in Public Schools

New legislation from Michigan Republicans would require students in public schools learn about “Christian foundations” before they can graduate.

Bernice Ringo looks through photographs of her son Natalian, on Tuesday, March 28, 2023, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Survivors of Violent Crime Drive Legislative Change to State Programs in Michigan—and Beyond

Bipartisan legislation that takes effect this summer will ramp up state funding for survivors of crime—and help heal old wounds.

Abortion rights protesters attend a rally outside the state Capitol in Lansing in 2022. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
Michigan Republicans Are Trying to Roll Back Reproductive Rights. It’s Not Going to Work.

Republican lawmakers introduced bills to repeal reproductive freedoms in Michigan. Apparently nobody told them the state constitution—and millions of Michiganders—won’t let that happen.

New legislation from Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) aims to make camping safer in Michigan—namely by keeping toxic coatings off tents.
‘Cancer-Free Camping’ Bill to Keep Toxic Chemical Coatings Off Tents Advances in Michigan Senate

New legislation from Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) aims to update the state’s fire code to make tent camping safer for Michiganders. 

A sales associate at Mid-K Beauty helps a customer to select a wig in Portland, Oregon. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)
‘Breaking Down Invisible Barriers’: New Bill Protects Black Michiganders from Hair Discrimination

Nearly all Michigan Senators voted this week for new legislation that aims to protect Black Michiganders from workplace discrimination based on how they wear their natural hair.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signs legislation to expand tuition assistance for spouses and children of Michigan National Guard members.
Michigan National Guard Spouses and Children to Get Cheap (or Free) College Under New Law

New legislation will make it easier for Michigan National Guard spouses and their children to earn a cheap college degree or professional certificate—no strings attached.

Senate Bills Seek to Provide Michiganders With Paid Family and Medical Leave

Two bills in the Michigan Senate could allow employees around the state up to 15 weeks of paid leave from work to deal with family and medical issues.