Attorney General Bill Schuette

LANSING, MI (AP)--   State Attorney General Bill Schuette says the Legislature cannot fund projects from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund that have not been recommended by the fund.

In an opinion released Monday and dated Nov. 3, Schuette also says lawmakers lack the authority to require the fund to spend a mandated amount of development funds on a specific type of development.

The opinion was issued in response to questions from a state senator and the director of the state Department of Natural Resources.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The Michigan Civil Rights Commission is asking state Attorney General Bill Schuette for a formal ruling on whether it has the authority to extend housing and employment protections to gay, lesbian, and transgender people. 

That’s after an attorney from his office torpedoed a proposal the commission was on the cusp of adopting.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (MPRN)--   Eleven former employees of the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans have been charged with felonies for falsifying reports to reflect they made required patient visits when, instead, they were ignoring them.  

The charges allege the former employees filled out logs to show they visited patient rooms and responded to alerts that patients had left their beds and risked injury, even though video evidence showed they had not.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Attorney General Bill Schuette says the Michigan school superintendent doesn't have authority to cut off tax dollars to districts with American Indian mascots or logos. 

Schuette's opinion was sought by state Rep. Tim Kelly, a Republican from Saginaw County.

Critics of schools with Indian mascots say they create a hostile environment and are culturally insensitive. But supporters say they're signs of respect.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Governor Rick Snyder says he has "no reason to be concerned" about being charged in the Flint water investigation.  

Snyder's comments to the Detroit Free Press occurred as the bill for his legal fees reached $4.9 million — all paid by taxpayers. The governor says much of the money has been spent on producing documents requested by Attorney General Bill Schuette's investigators.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   A federal appeals court appears to be moving quickly in a dispute over Michigan's ban on straight-party voting. 

A judge in Detroit suspended the law, saying it violates the rights of black voters. Attorney General Bill Schuette filed an emergency appeal Wednesday to try to freeze that decision.

Critics who won the injunction have been ordered by the court to respond by Monday. Ballots for the fall election must be printed soon.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Republicans have held the Michigan governorship and the state attorney general's office for 5½ years a feat that had been out of reach for more than six decades before Rick Snyder and Bill Schuette took office. 

Given recent strife between the two, though, you could be forgiven for thinking they are of different political parties.

The friction is not limited to Schuette's high-stakes criminal and civil investigation of Flint's water crisis, for which the governor has apologized and five state employees have resigned, been fired or charged.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The state of Michigan has agreed to pay $1.9 million to the lawyers who won the landmark gay marriage case at the U.S. Supreme Court.  

Under federal law, there's no dispute that taxpayers were on the hook. Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer challenged Michigan's ban on gay marriage and restrictions on joint adoption.

Attorney General Bill Schuette vigorously defended the gay marriage ban, which was struck down as unconstitutional.

Michigan officials prepare to release oil pipeline report

Jul 14, 2015

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan officials are preparing to issue a long-anticipated report on pipelines transporting oil and other petroleum products around the state, including a controversial line that runs beneath the scenic waterway where Lakes Huron and Michigan meet. 

Attorney General Bill Schuette and Dan Wyant, director of the Department of Environmental Quality, have scheduled a news conference Tuesday to release a report from a task force they appointed last year.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)--   Authorities say a former food service worker at a prison in the Upper Peninsula tried to get an inmate to help orchestrate the assault of another inmate. 

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says 27-year-old former Aramark supervisor of Michael R. Young was charged Tuesday with one count of solicitation to commit assault with intent to cause great bodily harm, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

It's unclear if Young has a lawyer. He's jailed.