Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 3:40 p.m. EDT
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is joining Democratic lawmakers to support a repeal of Michigan’s abortion restrictions and regulations. The legislation introduced Tuesday won’t advance in the Republican-led Legislature. But the Democratic governor said it’s important to advocate for the proposed Michigan Reproductive Health Act because residents “value a woman’s right to choose.”
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Founders Brewing co-owner says the backlash the western Michigan brewery has faced over a former worker’s racial discrimination lawsuit has been the “biggest challenge.” Tracy Evans, who is black, filed the suit last year saying brewery workers repeatedly used racist language around him and that the company fired him for complaining, which the company denies. Several Detroit bars reportedly stopped serving Founders, and a brewery co-owner told MLive he’s trying to rebuild trust.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Licensed professional counselors will continue to be able to diagnose and treat patients after Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation updating their scope of practice. Whitmer says the law enacted Tuesday will ensure that more than 150,000 people can still receive mental health care and protect 10,000 counselors from losing their ability to practice as they currently do.
DETROIT (AP) — The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments is seeking input on regional economic development strategy. Interactive sessions are scheduled in November and December in Monroe, Livingston, St. Clair and Washtenaw counties. The sessions will include discussions on creating and marketing quality places, anticipating demands for land use, fostering a competitive business climate, advancing innovation and technology, and investing in critical infrastructure.