Governor Rick Snyder

Legislation heading to Gov. Rick Snyder would require the Michigan Department of Corrections to have a policy allowing for the hiring of felons. The Senate approved the bill unanimously Wednesday, months after the measure won House passage. A 1996 law prohibits people convicted of felonies from being employed in the prison agency.

Michigan officials say the state's investigation into old tannery waste disposal has expanded. The state Department of Environmental Quality says it's now investigating 75 sites for toxic industrial chemicals that were used by Wolverine World Wide to waterproof shoes.

Department spokesperson Mel Brown says about 26 locations have been referred to the shoe manufacturer for further testing. State officials say the latest testing area includes about 100 homes in Rockford.

Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation to repeal a requirement that beer kegs be sold with tags that can identify who bought them. Snyder's move Monday brings to an end a 2010 law aimed at curtailing "keggers" that attract underage drinkers. Critics say the law hasn't curbed underage or binge drinking and has led partygoers to turn to hard liquor or cases of beer. The repeal law takes effect in 90 days. 

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Governor Rick Snyder has signed a spending bill that includes more money to prosecute members of his administration for their roles in the Flint water crisis. The $600,000 will go to state Attorney General Bill Schuette’s office.

State Health and Human Services Department Director Nick Lyon and Chief Medical Executive Eden Wells are among those charged. They face manslaughter charges related to a fatal outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease.

Snyder OKs bill to expand scholarship program to Flint

Nov 7, 2017
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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. 

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Michigan will spend nearly $3 million more on career tech education equipment upgrades and programming this fiscal year under a supplemental education budget bill signed by Gov. Rick Snyder.

The legislation approved Thursday boosts spending $5.4 million overall. It includes the restoration of $1.2 million Snyder vetoed previously, including $1 million for an online math tool.

Governor Rick Snyder says he stands by his testimony before a congressional committee regarding the Flint water crisis.

The Republican and Democratic leaders on the US House Oversight Committee have asked the governor to provide more details on when he became aware of an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease in Genesee County.

That’s because an aide to the governor testified in a criminal trial that he told the governor weeks earlier than when the governor said he knew.

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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is sticking by his congressional testimony about when he learned about a fatal outbreak of Legionnaires' disease during the Flint water crisis, despite a senior aide's new disclosure that he informed the governor weeks earlier.

Spokesman Ari Adler says Snyder was "under oath" and "stands by his testimony."

Nearly 100 Legionnaires' cases, including 12 deaths, were reported in the Flint area when the city was using the Flint River for water in 2014-15.

Split Michigan Legislature approves leaky fuel tank bill

Oct 11, 2017

Michigan would spend more money reimbursing gas station owners to clean up leaky, environmentally risky fuel tanks under legislation sent to Gov. Rick Snyder. The Republican-controlled Senate passed the bill 26-10 Tuesday months after House approval. Democrats were opposed. 

Michigan governor asks flags lowered for Marine's funeral

Sep 15, 2017

Michigan's governor is asking that flags around the state be lowered to half-staff Friday in honor of a Marine from southeastern Michigan who died during training. Gov. Rick Snyder's office says flags will be lowered at all state buildings and within the state Capitol complex in Lansing on the day of the funeral for Marine Pfc. Michael Giannattasio. 

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