Newsletter Updates
Senate Bill Would Require PFAS Labeling on Products
Friday, October 23, 2020 12:00 AM

On Wednesday, Senator Rosemary Bayer (D-Beverly Hills) announced that she was introducing a bill (SB 1208) to require manufacturers to label products containing PFAS, or to post retail signage indicating the same.

In the press release, Senator Bayer argued that “This legislation is a logical next step in our fight to combat these toxic ‘forever chemicals’ in all its forms. Consumers deserve every opportunity to know what’s in the products they’re purchasing so they are aware of possible exposure avenues — and health hazards — to them and their families.”

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Legislature Passes Compromise COVID Liability Protections and Unemployment Legislation
Friday, October 16, 2020 12:00 AM

On Monday, October 12, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that its decision invalidating the legal basis for the Governor’s executive orders should take immediate effect, leaving the Governor and lawmakers scrambling to address urgent COVID-related issues.

While most of the health- and safety-related requirements have been reinstated through MDHHS orders and MIOSHA emergency rules, several other measures required Legislative approval. On Tuesday, the Michigan Legislature met in a lengthy session to pass a number of critical bills, including:

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Governor Whitmer Announces $500 Million Spending Plan for Water Infrastructure
Friday, October 02, 2020 12:00 AM

On Thursday October 1st, Governor Whitmer announced a formal plan for spending $500 million to improve the state’s water infrastructure and quality. The plan, which will be called “MI Clean Water,” aims to bring together multiple existing federal and state funding sources to help address longstanding problems with lead service lines, combined sewer overflows, failing septic systems, aging drinking water mains, and PFAS contamination.

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Governor Whitmer Announces Climate Goal to be Carbon Neutral by 2050
Friday, September 25, 2020 12:00 AM

On Wednesday, September 23rd, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that the state of Michigan would adopt a goal to be carbon-neutral by 2050.

Please click here for a press release from Governor Whitmer about the climate goal

The announcement was made during the annual “Climate Week” and concurrent with other major commitments by companies like AT&T (carbon neutral by 2035) and Walmart (by 2040), and by China, the world’s top-emitting country that recently set a goal to be carbon neutral by 2060. Michigan is the ninth U.S. state to adopt the same 2050 target laid out by global leaders.

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Senate Committee Considers Bills to Reform Private Attorneys General and Contingency Fee Contracts
Friday, September 25, 2020 12:00 AM

On Tuesday, September 22nd, the Senate Oversight Committee held a hearing on two Republican-sponsored bills (SB 828 and SB 829) that would enact several statutory reforms to the use of private attorneys general and contingency fee contracts with outside legal firms.

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