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Enbridge files with Michigan Court of Claims

Jun 7, 2019

ANN ARBOR, MI (MPRN)--   Enbridge says it's filing a legal action on agreements with the state of Michigan. 

Enbridge had agreements with the Snyder administration to replace a section of its Line 5 pipeline in the straits of Mackinac and build a tunnel for that new section.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer halted the tunnel plan earlier this year.

Bob Rooney is the Chief Legal Officer for Enbridge.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Some Republicans in the state Senate have introduced bills that would drastically limit when a woman can get an abortion.

The bills would prevent an abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected. That’s usually at around six to eight weeks of gestation. There would be an exception where the life of the mother is at stake.

Republican Senator Ed McBroom is a bill sponsor. He says he’s been thinking about tying heartbeats to abortion for a long time.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The National Transportation Safety Board blames human error and equipment failures for an anchor strike that dented the Line 5 pipelines. 

Attorney General Dana Nessel says the report is evidence the twin pipelines needs to be removed from the Great Lakes.

The NTSB report says the vessel was short-staffed during the Easter weekend as a technical malfunction allowed an anchor to drag on the lakebed. It struck Line 5 and the pipelines were dented.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Republicans in the state Legislature are taking on Attorney General Dana Nessel over a law she says is unconstitutional. 

Lawmakers announced Wednesday that they’ve filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson for not implementing a 2018 ballot petition law. The law adds additional requirements for collections of signatures to get a measure on the ballot.

Republican Representative Jim Lower sponsored the original bill that became law. He says there’s a lot of ambiguity over how much weight the AG’s opinion really has.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Soon minors in Michigan will no longer be able to use e-cigarettes. Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed bills Tuesday that effectively ban vaping for minors.

In a statement, Whitmer said she signed the bills with “significant reservations.”

That’s because the new laws would not put e-cigarettes under the umbrella of Michigan’s tobacco control laws. Instead the laws create new categories for e-cigarettes and products.

Resolution asks Inman to resign

Jun 5, 2019

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The speaker of the Michigan House filed a resolution Tuesday asking for Representative Larry Inman to resign.

Inman is a Republican from Williamsburg, near Traverse City.

The resolution was introduced by Republican Lee Chatfield and Democrat Christine Greig.

Greig says expelling Inman from the house is still on the table.

“The goal is to restore faith in our institution, and so we feel, not only for representing the district but also the institution itself that we urge Representative Inman to resign,” she says.

MACKINAC ISLAND, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a law Thursday that aims to reduce auto insurance rates. 

It caps Michigan’s previously unlimited personal injury protections that pay for medical care.

Democrats and Republicans have been divided for decades on the best way to bring down Michigan’s high auto insurance costs. Whitmer signed the bill to the delight of business people and legislators on hand for the event. Whitmer said the new law is victory for bipartisan problem-solving.

Cheyna Roth / Michigan Public Radio Network

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Opening statements and first witnesses were called Thursday in the criminal trial of the former dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University. 

Michigan Public Radio Network’s Cheyna Roth was in the courtroom for the case of People versus William Strampel.

MACKINAC ISLAND, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer helped roll out an incentive program to get Michigan businesses to experiment with the next generation of transportation systems. 

She made the announcement Wednesday at a conference on Mackinac Island.

The governor says the program is essentially a contest that seeks ideas on how to create new transportation options.

“You’ll see some wonderful ideas come out of this is as result, and wonderful solutions that have been vexing us as a country in terms of moving people,” she says.

MACKINAC ISLAND, MI (MPRN)--   Republicans and Democrats in Michigan’s Congressional delegation say they are working to put money into the federal budget to deal with two critical environmental issues. 

Both deal with water and the Great Lakes.

Michigan’s House members and two US Senators delivered their report on the porch of Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel – with the sun-speckled Straits of Mackinac as a backdrop.

The congressional delegation said they have identified money to pay for PFAS cleanup, and to combat the spread of Asian carp and other invasive species.

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