Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. EST
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — A defiant President Donald Trump is rallying supporters in Michigan as the House voted to impeach him back in Washington. Trump took the stage on Wednesday just minutes before he became the third president in U.S. history to be impeached by the House of Representatives. While Trump and his aides have tried to brush off the significance of the vote, allies nonetheless acknowledged that Trump has been angry over the stain that impeachment will leave on his legacy. But there is little chance the Republican-led Senate will vote to convict him.
MORENCI, Mich. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union is defending 14 Amish families in southern Michigan in a dispute with a county health department over outhouses and plumbing. The Lenawee County Health Department has filed lawsuits and asked a judge to order owners to comply with county waste disposal rules or face demolition of their properties. The ACLU says the county is violating religious freedoms guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. Lawyers say there’s no health threat.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A divided Michigan Supreme Court has declined to rule early on the constitutionality of Republicans’ lame-duck maneuver to weaken voter-proposed minimum wage and paid sick leave laws. In a 4-3 decision Wednesday, justices said they won’t issue a rare advisory opinion and will wait until a lawsuit is filed. Justices had heard arguments about the “adopt and amend” strategy used last year. To prevent minimum wage and sick time ballot drives from going to the electorate, Republicans legislators approved them so that they could be made more business-friendly after the election.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is working on an alternative road-funding plan to promote in her upcoming second year in office after the Legislature rejected a proposed 45-cents-a-gallon fuel tax increase. The Democrat says she does not have more details to release at this time. Whitmer also said Wednesday that there won’t be much money left to spend after she signs a supplemental bill Friday to restore more than half of what she vetoed amid a budget impasse. She says there may be restricted funds to ensure the Pure Michigan tourism campaign continues. The ads will stop Jan. 1.