Attorney General Dana Nessel

LANSING, MI (MPRN--   Illegal robocalls are not welcome in Michigan. 

The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Cheyna Roth says state Attorney General Dana Nessel announced a new initiative Friday to crack down on the annoying intrusion.

Nessel is asking the Legislature to boost the penalties for illegal robocalls. And her office is setting up phone lines that are monitored by law enforcement to catch spam callers.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (AP)--   A federal judge has denied Michigan's request to halt his preliminary injunction that preserved a Catholic adoption agency's ability to refuse to place state wards with LGBT couples. 

Judge Robert Jonker in Grand Rapids declined the stay Tuesday. It had been sought by state Attorney General Dana Nessel and the state Department of Health and Human Services, while the case is appealed.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The state Attorney General has recommendations for changes to bills on expunging criminal records. The bills are up for debate in the state Legislature.

At a Tuesday hearing in front of a House Judicial committee, Nessel said she is, overall, in support of expanding the state’s laws to set aside some crimes on a person’s criminal record. But she had ideas that she said could improve the bills.

One area of concern was a bill to automatically remove certain crimes from a person’s record after 10 years.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A new board will review wrongful imprisonment cases in Michigan.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says the four-member board will study the complex cases and decide whether or not the person is entitled to compensation "for the harm they suffered."

Nessel announced the board's formation on Wednesday, setting up protocol for "thorough and systematic assessment" and "timely resolution." Board appointees include career prosecutors, a former criminal defense attorney and a civil litigator.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A federal judge says Michigan cannot stop faith-based adoption agencies that have state contracts from refusing to put children in LGBT homes for religious reasons. 

District Judge Robert Jonker issued a preliminary injunction Thursday. He says Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel's position targets the religious beliefs of St. Vincent Catholic Charities, and such agencies can continue working with the state while a lawsuit is litigated.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan Democrats are eager to bolster the state attorney general's planned crackdown on payroll fraud with a series of bills aimed at closing gaps they say let business owners escape unpunished. 

The measures would toughen criminal penalties, protect whistleblowers, target the misclassification of employees as independent contractors, and put restrictions on non-compete agreements. Another bill would let the state, local governments, and workers sue bad actors who may be shielded from individual liability.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says the state is involved in settlement talks with some drug makers accused of fueling the nation's opioid addiction crisis, even though it not has yet sued.
Nessel's office is in the process of hiring a law firm to help bring lawsuits. But she said Thursday that her office is participating in ongoing negotiations between a multi-state team and some drug manufacturers.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (MPRN)--   The state attorney general’s new policy about faith-based adoption agencies will be up for debate in federal court. 

Several years ago, former Governor Rick Snyder signed a law that allowed faith-based adoption agencies to turn away prospective families for religious reasons and still get state dollars. A same sex couple took the state to court.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson are asking a federal judge to toss a challenge the state’s new redistricting law. 

The amendment to create a new redistricting commission was adopted last year by voters. The amendment says former elected officials, party activists, and their relatives are not eligible to serve.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel wants the Public Service Commission to keep ratepayers in mind while assessing the state's energy needs and resources. 

Nessel's office says comments she filed last week with the commission express serious concerns about customers' ability to afford utility service and the quality of the service.

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