Right to Life of Michigan is one step closer to getting a new donation program – courtesy of the state legislature. Legislation for the Secretary of State to create and sell “Choose Life” fundraising license plates is on its way to the governor’s desk.

   There have been many attempts to pass similar legislation in the past – but none has gotten to the governor’s desk.

The money from sales of the special license plates would go to the Choose Life Michigan Fund, which was created by Right to Life of Michigan – an anti-abortion group.

The Michigan appeals court says county road commissions can be exposed to lawsuits if snowplow drivers are operating on the wrong side of the road. The court ruled in favor of a northern Michigan woman who was injured when a Kalkaska County snowplow struck her car in 2013. 

House OKs bills giving oversight committees subpoena power

May 25, 2017

Two statehouse committees could get subpoena privileges under new legislation by a chairman. The state House passed bills Wednesday taking away subpoena powers from legislative committees and giving it to the House and Senate oversight committees. 

Islamic community begins Ramadan at sundown Friday

May 25, 2017

As the sun sets Friday evening, Muslim’s in Grand Rapids and around the world will begin the Islam holy month of Ramadan. During the month of Ramadan, healthy adults abstain from eating or drinking anything from dawn until sundown.

“Fasting is a procedure which purifies your spirit, your physical body, and your imagination, everything; and connects you with God,” Iman Sharif Sahibzada of the the Islamic Center and Mosque of Grand Rapids said.

American RV

A West Michigan-based business is expanding and creating new jobs in Cutlerville. American RV is making a $2.5 million investment at its Cutlerville location.

As recreational vehicle demand grows, the West Michigan-based RV dealer is expanding its indoor showroom adding 14,000 square. That will include more waiting rooms and office space. An additional 8,400 square feet is devoted to new service bays. American RV is also incorporating new kiosks where customers can browse inventory and comparison shop.

The Michigan Senate has approved significant changes in how the state buys and improves land for public recreation.
     Legislation passed 24-14 Wednesday by the Republican-controlled chamber would empower the Legislature to have more say in decisions that largely are made by the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund board. Another bill would spend nearly $8 million more on projects this year than recommended.


Dogs may soon be allowed to eat outside with their human on restaurant patios. The State senate passed a bill today to allow restaurants to have dogs on their outdoor patios.

The legislation gives specific requirements restaurants have to meet in order to let Fido on the patio. Local governments can impose stricter requirements or ban the practice all together.

Matt Blakely is with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. He says restaurants can already get a waiver to allow dogs on their patios.

Legislative economists estimate that it would cost $410 million in the first year to close Michigan's pension system to newly hired teachers and instead provide them a 401(k) only.
     The nonpartisan House Fiscal Agency released its analysis Wednesday, a day after Republican-sponsored legislation was introduced.
     The bill would affect new school employees hired after Sept. 30. The analysis estimates transition costs would total $2.3 billion in the first full five years, or about $465 million annually.

Certain employees retired from government work would get a tax break under legislation up for likely approval in the Michigan Senate. The bill scheduled for a vote Wednesday would aid retirees born after 1945 who receive retirement or pension benefits from employment with a government agency that was not covered by Social Security. The sponsor, Republican Sen. Ken Horn of Frankenmuth, says his measure would help police officers.

President Donald Trump's administration says it's time for state and local governments to pay for cleanups of iconic but polluted waterways such as the Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay and Puget Sound. But supporters of those programs say the cleanups are already a team effort. They are fighting a proposal in the Environmental Protection Agency's 2018 budget plan to cut $427 million for regional waterway restorations. Many members of Congress in both parties also oppose defunding the cleanup efforts, which are popular with constituents.