Navigate the Week: GLB’s Weekly Roundup 01/24
Progressive group files ballot language for lobbying reform initiative. As part of the Coalition to Close Lansing Loopholes, Progress Michigan announced they’ve filed ballot language for an initiative that would make several changes to Michigan’s lobbying laws, including banning gifts from lobbyists to lawmakers and increasing reporting requirements for those involved in lobbying. More details on the proposal here.
Sen. Lucido faces second accusation of misconduct. This week, Sen. Mallory McMorrow spoke out about being sexually harassed in the Senate by Sen. Peter Lucido. McMorrow’s allegation comes on the heels of a widely covered story involving inappropriate comments Lucido made to a female reporter. Read more here.
Whitmer to give Dems’ State of the Union response. Democratic leadership has tapped Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to deliver the Democratic response to President Trump’s State of the Union Speech along with U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-TX). Read more here.
Enbridge debris in Mackinac Straits larger than previously thought. The Enbridge drill rod left in the Straits of Mackinac actually measures 200 feet, not 40 feet as previously stated. This discovery comes after Enbridge waited two months to tell the state about the rods left in the straits and chose to clean up half, but not all of it. Get the full story here.
U of M provost investigated for sexual misconduct. In light of recent sexual misconduct allegations against University of Michigan Provost Martin Philbert, students are concerned about the level of transparency they can expect during the investigation. More on the case here.
PFAS found in Ann Arbor water. Recent testing indicates that PFAS chemicals have contaminated water sources near Ann Arbor. Get the full story here.
Tweet of the Week
State Sen. Mallory McMorrow talks getting counted and the importance of the U.S. Census in this week’s Tweet of the Week.