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Karoub Report – February 2019

Posted by: Jennifer Gomori Posted date: February 20, 2019

For the first time in 42 years the Michigan Legislature has rejected a Governor-issued executive order. The Republican-led Legislature passed HCR 1, rejecting Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order 2019-2, which would have reorganized the Department of Environmental Quality and abolished three oversight panels created by the Legislature; The sale of a former state prison in Ionia for construction of a $35 million private immigration detention center has been scrapped by Gov. Whitmer; A judge has denied an agreement reached between Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and the League of Women Voters. The League of Women Voters brought a lawsuit against the Secretary of State prior to Secretary Benson’s Administration over the Republican-drawn redistricted maps after the most recent census. U.S. District Judge Eric Clay said Secretary Benson “lacks the authority to enter into the proposed consent decree” which would have redrawn 11 of Michigan’s 110 House districts for the 2020 election; Attorney General Dana Nessel has withdrawn the state from more than a dozen federal cases in recent weeks. The latest four cases she is attempting to withdraw from involve civil rights and two involve transparency; Following up on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s call in the State of the State address for “hands free” legislation, HB 4181 has been introduced to prohibit drivers from using a mobile electronic device while driving unless it is in a “voice-operated or hands-free mode” and the driver doesn’t have to use his or her hands to operate it. Making 9-1-1 calls are exempted. For more on these and other legislative issues, click on the February 2019 Karoub Report below.

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