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Mich. Senate's back in session after 11:30 pm. It OKs bill to add to list of workers who can still go to work if they've had close contact w/ someone with COVID or COVID-like symptoms to include 'essential critical energy infrastructure workers.' Senate adjourns to noon Thursday

Mich. House cancels session for Wednesday, Thursday due to staffer testing positive for virus. Unclear how that may or may not affect remaining business for year (there is a 5-day rule if the House plans to pass any of its first-chamber bills) to get to Senate next week #MILeg 

Some wild claims at this Mich. Senate hearing. Some GOP challengers/watchers appear to be contending that workers were running ballots through tabulators so they could be counted multiple times. Sen. Irwin (D) notes if something like that occurred, it'd have been found #mileg 

Amber McCann, deputy chief of staff/press secretary for Mich. Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey: 'Michigan law does not include a provision for the Legislature to directly select electors or to award electors to anyone other than the person who received the most votes.' #mileg 

James refuses to concede to Peters in Mich. Senate race

Record 2.5M voted in Mich. primary - including record 1.6M who voted absentee; Benson pushes for legislation to let clerks deal with influx by opening ballots a day earlier; Senate GOP spox says there’s no consensus in caucus on stalled bill #mileg 

Companies owned by legislative leader Shirkey, run by Senate candidate James each got $1-2M from Paycheck Protection Program; feds release list of 20,000 Mich. recipients that got at least $150K; industry with most individual loans was restaurants

California uses funding as threat over virus measures | Report: 'Baffling' errors at vets home amid deadly outbreak | Mich. Senate: Send patients to new facilities—not nursing homes and more #updates  on #COVID19 :

Report: 'Baffling' errors at vets home amid deadly outbreak | Mich. Senate: Send patients to new facilities—not nursing homes | Manufacturers group unveils #COVID-19  Product Exchange site and more #updates :

Mich. Senate now considering nursing home bill. Hertel (D) says transferring frail, older adults to new facilities could expose them to significant health risks. Transfers can be traumatic, he says.


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In a change of course, Mich. Senate is adjourning until next week. So neither House nor Senate will be in session when protesters show up tomorrow #mileg 

A look at the Senate map: • Ariz., Colo., Maine and N.C. are the core of Dem path to majority. They invested big in Iowa & have strong recruits in red states Mont. and Kansas • GOP still has a shot in Ala. & raises big $ in Mich. to bolster majority

2/ If the Senate endorses this, what would stop the President from illegally freezing millions of taxpayer dollars Congress appropriated to Flint, Mich., to fix its poisoned water system, until Flint’s Mayor agrees to endorse him in Michigan? NOTHING.

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Mich. Senate does not plan to release results of sexual harassment investigation of Sen. Pete Lucido. Because the Legislature is not subject to FOIA, the Senate Business Office typically only must release financial info. Shirkey, if he disciplines Lucido, may announce that #mileg 

Mich. House overwhelmingly approves bills to ease, expand expungement of crimes; Mich. would become 4th state to allow broad automatic set-asides of certain offenses beyond just marijuana convictions; legislation moves to Senate next (from @AP ) #mileg 

JUST IN - The Mich Senate has approved a plan to cut car insurance rates. The requirement for unlimited medical benefits, which no other U.S. state mandates, would be eliminated:

History on battle for control of Mich. Senate - no party has netted more than 5 seats in single cycle in at least 44 years. GOP took 5 in 2010, Ds 5 in 1974. Ds haven't netted more than 1 seat in a cycle since. They say it's 1 of most gerrymandered legislative bodies in US #MIleg 

Developing LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Senate spent $269,000 to investigate and settle sexual harassment complaints against one or more senators more than a decade ago.

The bill to drug test some welfare recipients passed in the Mich. Senate and is now headed to Gov. Snyder's desk.