Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats hope to turn the issue of voting rights into an argument that’s just as persuasive to voters in 2020 as health care proved to be in 2018. And there’s already competition among likely presidential hopefuls to prove they’re the most aggressive in advocating for the right to vote. The aim is to tap into the anger and frustration among Democrats who argue that Republicans win some elections by making it harder for their constituents, particularly minorities, to vote.
DETROIT (AP) — A coalition of local governments and utilities has sued the state of Michigan over its implementation of the nation’s toughest drinking water rules for lead. The Detroit-area group filed the lawsuit Tuesday against the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality in the state’s Court of Claims. They argue the changes made in June place a heavy financial burden on communities, infringe on private property rights and don’t reach problematic fixtures inside residences.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Legislation that would facilitate the replacement of an oil pipeline in the Great Lakes is headed to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk. The Republican-led Legislature approved the bill Tuesday. It would require a state authority to quickly OK the Snyder administration’s deal for the construction and operation of a utility tunnel in the Straits of Mackinac. The tunnel would house a replacement for a segment of Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline. The company would pay for the tunnel.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer and other future governors would have a tougher time adopting stricter environmental and other state regulations under a Republican-backed bill sent to Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday. Snyder vetoed similar legislation in 2011, but this measure includes an exception that would let regulators still impose rules tougher than federal standards if there is a “clear and convincing” need. The bill cleared the GOP-controlled House on a 57-51 vote.