Mackinac Island Policy Conference: A Look at Lawmaker’s Policies & Platforms

Lawmakers and business leaders are gathering on Mackinac Island this week for the annual Mackinac Policy Conference.

The conference is a chance to hear about growing issues across the state.

One of the year’s key issues is talent growth and development. And it’s also Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s first keynote address at the event as governor.

9&10 News will have a crew on the island all week with the policies and platforms that could define the state’s future.

And during the conference, Gov. Whitmer could finalize a new law to reform Michigan’s high car insurance rates.

The Michigan House and Senate both passed the legislation last week.

9&10 News caught up with Michigan’s House Speaker Lee Chatfield to learn more about what the bill means for policyholders.

The bill would give drivers the option to choose their level of medical coverage on their car insurance and it stops insurance companies from basing rates on non-driving related factors, like credit scores, zip codes and gender.

Speaker Chatfield says the bill also includes certain mandates to bring rates down.

Rep. Chatfield is also set to speak at the Mackinac Policy Conference this week. But one person who we won’t see at this year’s policy conference on Mackinac Island is Detroit businessman and owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers Dan Gilbert.

Gilbert was scheduled to speak at the event Tuesday.

However, he’s currently recovering after suffering stroke-like symptoms on Sunday.

Detroit Regional Chamber President Sandy Baruah said Sunday that Bill Emerson, who is Vice President of Rock Holdings, will fill in.

Rock Holdings is the parent company of Quicken Loans, which Gilbert owns.

For a look at the full conference agenda, go here.