January 6, 2016

State Department Leadership Changes Announced

The resignation of Dan Wyant, director of the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) was announced last week. The announcement comes after months of harsh criticism and a recent task force report regarding the department’s handling of the elevated levels of lead found in the city of Flint’s drinking water. Read full story
State of Emergency Declared in Genesee County

As a result of the ongoing health and safety issues caused by elevated levels of lead in the City of Flint’s water, Governor Rick Snyder on Tuesday declared a state of emergency for Genesee County. The declaration makes available all state resources in cooperation with local response and recovery operations. Read full story

Michigan Public Service Commission Welcomes New Chairwoman

On Monday, Governor Rick Snyder announced the appointment of Sally Talberg as chair of the three-member Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC). Ms. Talberg will replace current Chairman John Quackenbush, who intends to return to the private sector. Read full story

Governor Signs Elimination of Straight Ticket Voting

This week, Governor Rick Snyder signed a piece of legislation eliminating straight ticket voting in Michigan. Under the newly enacted law, a vote must be cast for each partisan race on a ballot, instead of casting one vote by party for all partisan races on the ballot. Read full story

Governor Approves Changes to Campaign Finance Act

This week Governor Rick Snyder signed into law a bill reforming aspects of the Michigan Campaign Finance Act. Prior to final passage, the bill saw significant changes on the last day of session leading to confusion amongst members on the content and repercussions of the new language. Read full story

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