Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 4:40 p.m. EDT
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has tweaked her order to wear masks in public, clarifying that it’s not required while voting and telling businesses they can’t assume people who enter without a face covering are covered by exceptions. The changes made Friday come a week after she updated the mask rule to add a $500 fine and require businesses to refuse entry to those without a mask. Businesses can’t assume maskless customers are exempt but can accept their “verbal representation” that they are. The order also specifically exempts mask wearing in polling places, though wearing a mask there is “strongly encouraged.”
DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court says local governments can’t keep surplus cash from the sale of tax-foreclosed properties. It’s a sweeping decision that could lead to waves of payments to former owners. State law allowed county treasurers to keep money left over after overdue taxes finally are paid from a property sale. The Supreme Court said the practice is illegal under the Michigan Constitution. The case centered on two sales in Oakland County. In one deal, a man’s land was sold for $82,000. He owed $6,000 in back taxes but wasn’t given the $76,000 surplus.
DETROIT (AP) — Michigan Supreme Court: Local governments can’t keep surplus cash when a property is sold for overdue taxes.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan wants Enbridge to promise it will cover costs from a potential oil spill in the channel that links two of the Great Lakes. Department of Natural Resources Director Dan Eichenger made the request Friday in a letter to the Canadian company. An Enbridge subsidiary pledged in 2018 to set aside about $1.8 billion to deal with a worst-case spill from its Line 5 pipes in the Straits of Mackinac. But the state says the subsidiary doesn’t have enough money to fulfill that promise, and it’s not clear that the parent company is bound by the pledge. A spokesman says Enbridge has made clear it would pay for damages if Line 5 ruptures, which the company says is highly unlikely.