Michigan

LANSING, Mich. (May 17, 2017) – Today, the Michigan House unanimously passed a proposal to put “electronic data and communications” on the same level as “persons, houses, papers, and possessions” in the state constitution. House Joint Resolution C (HJRC) was introduced by Rep. Jim Runestad (R-White Lake) along with 11 bipartisan co-sponsors. If approved, voters…

“Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence, (I conjure you to believe me fellow citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of Republican Government.” George Washington Farewell Address — 1796 “The propriety of a law, …

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Any time we post something positive happening in Michigan, we get a small, but very vocal group of commenters who say that, basically, constitution be damned – because … there are muslims in Michigan. I shouldn’t have been surprised to see Don, who lives in New Hampshire, use the same approach in response to a bill…

House Bill 4430 (HB4430) was introduced in the Michigan House to ban “material support or resources” for warrantless federal surveillance programs, an essential step for states to take in a time when the federal government seems unlikely to ever end their own spying. (learn more here) It must be approved by the House Judiciary before it…

“Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time, who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done, if we are always doing. And that you may be always doing good, my dear, is the ardent prayer of yours affectionately.” Thomas Jefferson letter to …

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LANSING, Mich. (March 22, 2017) – Yesterday, a Michigan House committee passed a resolution that would put before voters a state constitutional amendment to protect electronic communications and data from the prying eyes of state and local law enforcement. The amendment would also effectively block a small but intrusive practical effect of federal spying within…

LANSING, Mich. (Feb. 10, 2017) – Two bills introduced in the Michigan legislature would withdraw the state from Common Core standards, an important step toward nullifying the nationalized education program in the state. Senate Bill 81 (SB81) was introduced on Jan. 31 by Sen. Phil Pavlov (R-St. Clair), along with 16 co-sponsors, while House Bill…