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Lansing Watchdog: Research Not Rhetoric Should Lead Sex Offender Laws

Lansing Watchdog: Research Not Rhetoric Should Lead Sex Offender Laws

2016-07-14 00:00:00

ACLU at the Michigan Capitol – The Week of July 11, 2016

A bill has been introduced in the Michigan Senate, SB 1027 sponsored by Senator Curtis Hertel, Jr., D–East Lansing, that is yet another ill-conceived policy recommendation catering to reactionary and uninformed fears about Michigan's sex offender registry.

Lansing Watchdog: Focus Shifts to Budgets, Bills in Capitol

Lansing Watchdog: Focus Shifts to Budgets, Bills in Capitol

2016-04-21 00:00:00

ACLU at the Michigan Capitol – April 21, 2016

In these weeks before the legislature breaks for summer campaign season, they will be focused on two goals: finalizing fiscal years 2017/2018 budget (a two year rolling budget) and getting publicity for a number of bills that they deem good for their political campaign in advance of the August primary.

Lansing Watchdog: Navigating the Lobbyist Road Map

Lansing Watchdog: Navigating the Lobbyist Road Map

2016-04-06 00:00:00

ACLU at the Michigan Capitol – April 7, 2016

With the state legislature on a two-week spring break, it’s an opportune time to talk about other avenues of lobbying around which the ACLU of Michigan organizes our policy efforts. Having support from elected House and Senate members is crucial to passing legislation that furthers our policy goals, and gaining that support often looks much more like a road map than simply checking off a list of supportive legislators.

Bi-Partisan FOIA Reform Bills Bring Seasonal Optimism to Lansing

Bi-Partisan FOIA Reform Bills Bring Seasonal Optimism to Lansing

2016-03-25 00:00:00

ACLU at the Michigan Capitol – March 25, 2016

A good thing happened in Lansing last week just in time for spring, ushering in the new season with an air of political optimism, and giving us a refreshing reprieve from pondering the emerging political landscape shaped by the presidential primary contests. Two committed Michigan lawmakers—from widely variant districts, with distinctly different views on political "touchstone" issues—showed Lansing how to work together.

Lansing Watchdog: Strange Bedfellows Becoming More Commonplace in Lansing

Lansing Watchdog: Strange Bedfellows Becoming More Commonplace in Lansing

2016-02-24 00:00:00

ACLU at the Michigan Capitol – February 22, 2016

Working as a lobbyist for a principled, multi-issue, multi-disciplinary civil rights organization can be daunting at times; juggling the various issues and the cast of interested parties each fighting to advance our own policy position.  It’s definitely part of the excitement. My work is uniquely rewarding, though, when we can align with those interested parties with whom we are traditionally in opposition.

Michigan in Crisis Control Could Help Forge Alliances in Lansing

Michigan in Crisis Control Could Help Forge Alliances in Lansing

2016-01-26 00:00:00

We have about four months of scheduled legislative session, uninterrupted by hunting breaks or holiday breaks, until the Michigan legislature turns its full attention to the August 2016 primary election season and the political fate of Michigan’s House of Representatives.

Lansing Watchdog: Bipartisanship Drives Criminal-Justice Reform

Lansing Watchdog: Bipartisanship Drives Criminal-Justice Reform

2015-11-03 00:00:00

ACLU at the Michigan Capitol – November 2, 2015

Bipartisanship is flourishing lately. Not so much among our elected officials – unsurprising given that legislative transformation traditionally lags behind public opinion -- but rather among some significant advocacy groups in some very critical areas of public policy, most notably criminal justice reform and citizen privacy in the age of high-tech digital surveillance. 

Lansing Watchdog: New Leadership Brings No Change on Roads; EITC Faces Certain Doom

Lansing Watchdog: New Leadership Brings No Change on Roads; EITC Faces Certain Doom

2015-07-13 00:00:00

Still No Movement on Roads

The House and Senate will be in session this week as they seek common ground on a road-funding package after they shirked their responsibility last session and put road funding on the ballot, which failed in epic fashion. So far this session, with new leadership in each chamber, things seem to be going no better.

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