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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A ballot drive has turned in more than 483,000 signatures for an initiative to prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ people in Michigan by amending the state’s civil rights law.
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If election officials determine roughly 340,000 are valid, the bill would be placed before the Republican-led Legislature, where similar legislation has long stalled. If lawmakers did not adopt the measure within 40 days, it would go to a statewide vote in November 2022.
“Michigan stands united to bring LGBTQ rights into law for the first time,” said Trevor Thomas, co-chair of Fair and Equal Michigan. He called the group’s submission of petitions Tuesday a milestone “as we continue the work of making sure everyone has an equal chance to succeed.”
Fair and Equal Michigan had raised nearly $1.6 million as of July. Businesses, labor unions and groups that have financially supported
LANSING, Mich. – Nominations are now being accepted for the 2021 Michigan Celebrates Small Business (MCSB) awards program, a prestigious annual competition that recognizes successful growing businesses and their supporters. The winners will be honored at the 17th annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business gala on May 4, 2021.
The awards program provides an opportunity for business owners and supporters of small businesses to nominate a company that is growing and making an impact in Michigan.
The nominations for the Michigan 50 Companies to Watch Award are open for second stage companies, defined as having six to 99 full-time-equivalent employees and generating $750,000 to $50 million in annual revenue or working capital from investors or grants. Additionally, the companies must be privately held and headquartered in Michigan.
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“Michigan Celebrates received 575 nominations for the Michigan 50 Companies to Watch award in 2020, which surpassed the 2019 record of 425 nominations,” stated
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Lansing — The Republican-controlled Michigan Senate moved Thursday to replace some of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s COVID-19 executive orders while laying the groundwork for a dispute by tying an extension of unemployment benefits to new legal protections for businesses.
The Senate tie-barred a six-week extension of the maximum length of jobless assistance, which is widely supported in Lansing, to proposals that would shield businesses from some legal claims over COVID-19 exposure. The tie-bar would essentially force Whitmer to veto both proposals or sign both.
Many Democratic lawmakers have previously opposed the immunity bills, which passed the House last month.
Sen. Curtis Hertel, D-East Lansing, said Republicans were putting “politics and games” in front of people’s economic well being.
The Michigan Capitol is pictured on Tuesday. June 23, 2020. (Photo: Craig Mauger / The Detroit News)
The Senate’s votes on four bills came Thursday as news broke about a plot