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House committee continues work on distracted driving bills

9 days ago   |   By Wood TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Michigan House Judiciary Committee approved changes Tuesday to a set of bills aimed at limiting distracted driving, advancing them onto the House floor for a second reading.
House Bill 4277 was introduced in February by State Rep. Mari Manoogian, D-Birmingham, who called this new legislation a way to help law enforcement and meaningfully cut down on texting and driving.
“Whether you're a driver, a passenger, a pedestrian, bicyclist or a road worker, updating this legislation will keep folks safe,” Manoogian said during Tuesday's hearing.
She says the current laws...
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Michigan House votes to limit state severance deals

Michigan House votes to limit state severance deals

9 days ago   |   By Wood TV

LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan House has voted unanimously to curb the size of severance deals for state officials unless they limit the state's legal exposure and details are made public.
The move Tuesday comes after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration faced scrutiny over big payouts made to her former health and unemployment directors.
Under legislation sent to the Senate, state employees would be limited to 12 weeks of severance pay unless a higher payment serves the best interests of the state based on litigation risk. Lawmakers, other elected state officials and appointees could get...
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