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COVID-19 conspiracy theories and misinformation were prominent in the Michigan House Oversight Committee’s first hearing Thursday on a bill that would preemptively outlaw government-sponsored “vaccine passports.”

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The Michigan Senate adopted a bill Wednesday that would exempt in-person high school graduation ceremonies from gathering limits in state emergency health orders – a measure Governor Gretchen Whitmer says is unnecessary.

DTE, Consumers Say They Oppose Bill To Lift 1% Cap On Rooftop Solar

May 5, 2021
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DTE Energy and Consumers Energy say they want significant changes made to a rooftop solar bill.  

The bill would let any homeowner with solar panels get reimbursed for the excess energy they put on the grid. Right now, the cap is set at only 1%.  Consumers Energy has already reached that cap.

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State health officials are banking on vaccines being Michigan’s best bet to end the coronavirus pandemic.   

Speaking at a news conference Thursday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer outlined the state’s four-step “Vacc to Normal” plan, setting specific goals that must be reached to roll back restrictions.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s former cabinet-level health chief confirmed Thursday that he left over differences about the state’s response to COVID-19. That was part of former Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon’s testimony before the state House Oversight Committee.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer plans to get her second Pfizer COVID-19 Thursday at a vaccine clinic in Grand Rapids.

This is as some counties in west Michigan are emerging as COVID hotspots.

Michigan House Votes To Move August Primary To June

Apr 28, 2021
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Michigan’s August primary date would be moved six weeks earlier, to June, and the state would be required to more quickly check if ballot drives have submitted enough qualifying signatures for the general election under bills approved Tuesday in the House.

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There was action Tuesday in Lansing toward setting stricter ethical standards for legislators and support appears to be bipartisan.

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Michigan's Board of State Canvassers deadlocked Thursday on certifying a petition that seeks to repeal the 1945 Emergency Powers of Governor Act that Governor Gretchen Whitmer used early in the pandemic to issue COVID-19 orders.

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The state House Oversight Committee approved a subpoena Thursday to require former state health department director Robert Gordon to testify.