Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Snyder will deliver his third State of the State address at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Gov. Snyder will deliver his third State of the State address to a joint session of the Michigan Legislature at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. According to the Detroit Free Press, one of the main topics of the speech will focus on matching job vacancies in Michigan with workers who possess the necessary skills to fill those jobs. Snyder notes that the state has thousands of vacant jobs, but a high unemployment level. The event will be broadcast live online at www.livestream.com/snyderlive. It will also be broadcast on Fox, and WWJ 950 AM.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Theft of retail merchandise with the intent or purpose of reselling the products is now a felony punishable by up to five years' imprisonment.
Wednesday, January 2
Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation establishing the Organized Retail Crime Act to protect consumers by cracking down on the increasing prevalence of retail fraud. House Bills 5843 and 5902, sponsored by state Rep. Joe Graves, R-District 51, would make it a felony punishable by up to five years' imprisonment if a person is found guilty of knowingly committing organized retail crime. This includes the theft of retail merchandise with the intent or purpose of reselling, distributing, or transferring the stolen retail merchandise to another retail merchant or to any other person personally, through the mail, or through any electronic medium, including the Internet, in exchange for anything of value. The measures are now Public Acts 455 …
Thursday, December 27, 2012
A political expert said Michigan could be “ground zero for a recall vote” against Snyder in 2013.
Could the sudden passage of the highly controversial right-to-work legislation lead to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's name appearing on a statewide ballot for something other than his re-election campaign? One political expert thinks it's possible. Joshua Spivak, a senior fellow at Wagner College’s Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform, told Politico that Michigan could be “ground zero for a recall vote” against Snyder in 2013. “There doesn’t seem to be a specific goal of going after state legislatures or state governors in any significant way, though that might change in Michigan because of right-to-work (legislation),” Spivak said in the Politico story. Local recall elections, such as the one voters recently approved against Troy …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The bill would have allowed concealed weapons in gun-free zones such as schools and sports arenas.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has vetoed a bill that would have allowed concealed weapons into public schools and sports arenas, according to a report on Michigan Public Radio. The Michigan Legislature passed Senate Bill 59 late last week that would have allowed concealed weapons in gun-free zones, but in the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, CT, many had called for Snyder to veto the legislation. David Hecker, Michigan President of American Federation of Teachers (AFT) said in a Friday statement, "We’re aghast that this lame duck legislature thinks it’s a good idea to put MORE guns in our schools, let alone places of worship or sports arenas...The House passed SB 59 on Thursday. How dare these lame duck legislators put the safety of …
Michigan's governor tells reporters the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre gives him 'clear pause' on legislation that could allow gun owners with concealed weapons permits to carry inside schools.
Gov. Rick Snyder said Monday that he's not necessarily ready to sign off on Senate Bill 59 which would broaden Michigan's concealed-carry laws. "I wouldn't say I'm prepared to sign it by any means," the Republican governor told MLive.com. The bill, approved by the State Senate in late November and the State House just hours before Friday's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, CT, allows gun owners with concealed weapon permits and additional training to carry firearms in schools, daycare centers and sporting events. Several local school districts opposed the measure even before the tragedy that claimed 27 lives, including 20 children, and in the aftermath, other opponents entered the fray. During an appearance on NBC's '…
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Randi Weingarten delivers an unprompted message to Michigan's governor on the NBC network as he considers a new concealed weapons law in the wake of the Newtown massacre.
Michigan's right-to-work battle is not the only issue garnering national attention for Gov. Rick Snyder. On Sunday's edition of a special Meet the Press dedicated to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, CT, Randi Weingarten, president of the national American Federation of Teachers, urged Snyder to veto pending legislation that would broaden concealed-carry laws. The bills, passed by the State Senate in November, and the State House last week, are ready for Snyder's signature, according to MLive.com. However, he delayed signing them for further review. Should and will recent events give him pause? Weingarten seems to think so, following the deaths of 27 in Newtown, including 20 children. "Schools have to be safe …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Republicans and Democrats alike speak out while national focus turned to Michigan's right-to-work battle.
The nation watched the events unfolding Tuesday in Lansing with regard to Michigan's right-to-work laws with great interest, and if they paid attention, they heard several voices from Bloomfield on both sides of the issue.k "If the unions have a value proposition for their members, unions will prosper in Michigan, and if they don't, they're going to have to find a new way to be effective. That's very simply what this is about," said GOP Michigan Chairman Bobby Schostak on CNN Tuesday afternoon. During the five-minute segment from the Capitol lawn, the Bloomfield Hills resident said he believed the new law would improve Michigan's economy. U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Twp., disagreed during his appearance on Politics Nation with Rev…
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Gov. Rick Snyder signed the bills into law Tuesday evening.
LANSING - Despite the roar of the crowds lining the lawn of the Capitol building and surrounding streets, two pieces of legislation passed by the Senate last week made their way through the state House of Representatives and were signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder Tuesday afternoon.k "I have signed these bills into law. ... We are moving forward on the topic of workplace fairness and equality," he said in press conference announcing that he signed the bills Tuesday evening. With the signature, Michigan became the 24th state in the nation to adopt right-to-work provisions that supporters say will give workers choice and make Michigan more attractive to companies looking to investing in the Midwest. But critics said they fear the move …
Monday, December 10, 2012
MEA members and other unions are expected to protest at the state Capitol in Lansing on Tuesday as the state Legislature considers proposed right-to-work legislation.
Patch will provide live updates from Lansing on Tuesday as the state Legislature considers right-to-work legislation. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced last week that he would put right-to-work on his agenda. Following Snyder's announcement, Republicans in the Legislature put bills forward in both houses, prompting protests in Lansing by local union groups. More protests at the Capitol are expected Tuesday as the Legislature again takes up the proposed legislation. Check back Tuesday at 9 a.m. for the latest news and views from the Capitol, and let us know what you think by leaving a comment. Or, join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #righttowork. Read more on right-to-work legislation:
Legislation passed last week in the Michigan House and Senate could reach Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature by Tuesday. Leave a comment or upload a photo if you participate in related demonstrations!
Demonstrators took to the Capitol steps Monday in Lansing to sound off on right-to-work legislation that is poised to become law after Gov. Rick Snyder did an abrupt about-face on the issue last week and a series of related bills passed in the House and Senate. Larger protests are expected Tuesday when the legislation could reach Snyder's desk for his signature. Patch will be live-blogging from Lansing as the situation develops. [Are you participating in the demonstrations? Leave a comment, upload a photo or e-mail West Bloomfield Patch editor Tim Rath!] Read on for a description of each bill and to find out how lawmakers who represent the Greater West Bloomfield area voted. The legislation that would make Michigan a "right-to-work" state …