Gov. Rick Snyder

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.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder was in Grand Rapids this Wednesday afternoon for the Grand Opening of MOVE Systems. The new company is an eco-friendly food truck manufacturer. The Governor joined officials from The Right Place as well as MOVE Systems President and CEO James Meeks for the ribbon cutting ceremony at the company’s new headquarters on Grand Rapids Northwest side. Gov. Snyder said that opening the manufacturing plant in Grand Rapids was a pure Michigan success story.

Michigan has declared a state of energy emergency to address fuel supply problems resulting from Harvey. Gov. Rick Snyder's office says he issued an executive order Thursday. It allows the suspension of some vapor pressure regulations for petroleum products being trucked in some areas across the state. Snyder says his executive order "will help ensure there are no artificial shortages of fuel impacting the state's residents or visitors." 

Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags to be lowered to half-staff on Thursday on all state buildings and within the state Capitol complex in honor of late former U.S. Rep. Vern Ehlers. A service in Ehler's honor will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. at Eastern Avenue Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids. He died Aug. 15.

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