Gov. Rick Snyder

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is rescinding the appointment of a judge to the board of trustees of Lake Superior State University following a newspaper's question about the appointment process. Snyder on Friday announced that 92nd District Court Judge Beth Gibson of Newberry would serve an eight-year term on the board of the Upper Peninsula school.

Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation to require that the Michigan Department of Corrections have a policy allowing for the hiring of felons. State law prohibits people convicted of felonies from being employed in the prison agency. It apparently was a reaction to fears over the state hiring felons as corrections officers. 

The legislation, signed Thursday, makes an exception if the job doesn't risk public safety or the operation of the department. An extensive background check and written approval from the department director will be required.

Michigan Lt. Governor Calley enters gubernatorial race

Nov 28, 2017

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley will seek a promotion to governor next year. The Republican launched his long-expected candidacy Tuesday while vowing to continue an economic rebound that has resulted in the addition of more than a half million jobs in Michigan.

Calley touts the Michigan unemployment rate at a 17-year low this year and says the state leads the Midwest in job creation, ranks sixth nationally and is first in new manufacturing jobs. He told The Associated Press he is running to "continue the comeback" and to "make Michigan the most prosperous state in the nation."

Governor names Elizabeth Clement to Michigan Supreme Court

Nov 16, 2017

Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed his chief lawyer Elizabeth Clement to the Michigan Supreme Court. Clement fills the vacancy left when Joan Larsen was appointed to a federal appeals court by President Donald Trump. Snyder on Friday called Clement an "exceptional attorney and leader" who will bring varied experience in government and private practice to the bench. 

Executive Office of Gov. Rick Snyder

Gov. Rick Snyder has signed bills to require that special problem-solving courts receive state certification to operate. The courts are designed to address criminals' underlying substance abuse or mental health issues so they do not reoffend.

Supporters say the legislation is needed so Michigan has a more consistent and effective approach for the courts and defendants. Under legislation signed Monday, specialty courts - including drug, sobriety, mental health and veteran's treatment courts - will have to be certified by the State Court Administrative Office starting in January.

Gov. Rick Snyder has signed into law more than $50 million in additional federal and state spending to implement a sexual assault evidence kit tracking system, fight opioid addiction and boost other budget priorities. 

The supplemental budget bill enacted Thursday reimburses costs incurred by the National Guard to aid in hurricane relief. It also restores about $3 million in spending Snyder previously vetoed. Reinstated spending will fund a study of the potential of genomic testing to identify people with a propensity for addiction to painkillers.

Snyder OKs bill to expand scholarship program to Flint

Nov 7, 2017
Executive Office of Gov. Rick Snyder

High school graduates in Flint and four other Michigan communities could benefit from the state's "promise" scholarship program under legislation signed by Gov. Rick Snyder. The Promise Zone law allows communities that secure enough private funding to use some state tax revenue to pay students' college tuition. The program is currently limited to 10 high-poverty areas. 

Michigan lawmakers have approved a $62.8 million supplemental budget bill that includes spending vetoed by Gov. Rick Snyder months ago.

The bill passed by the House Tuesday would restore about half of the $5 million in proposed general spending nixed by the Republican governor. An education budget bill already on Snyder's desk includes another $1.2 million in spending he previously vetoed. Lawmakers say Snyder is now on board after reconsidering. Added back in is $150,000 to train grocers and others to prepare and clean equipment used to serve draft beer.

New Michigan laws will allow bicyclists to use electric-assisted bikes on roads and paved trails. The legislation signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on Monday defines the bikes in law and classifies them based on speed and other factors. Under current law, e-bikes are treated the same as a moped, requiring licensing and insurance. 

Certain e-bikes will be allowed on paved multi-use trails unless local communities opt out. Other electric bikes will be allowed if authorized by the local authority or state agency with jurisdiction over the trail.

Michigan capitol building
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The Michigan House has approved legislation to clarify the enforcement of prenuptial agreements due to concerns that an appellate court ruling could lead judges to invalidate prenups because assets aren't apportioned equally. The bill was approved 63-43 Thursday, with majority Republicans in support and Democrats opposed.

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