Michigan Supreme Court

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The Michigan Supreme Court has called a halt to a petition campaign to repeal wage protections for workers on government-funded construction projects.  

The court order came less than an hour before a state board was supposed to send the question to the Legislature. The stay allows time for a legal drama to play out at the state Supreme Court. Construction worker unions say petition circulators broke the rules, and that should disqualify the initiative.

Steve Claywell is with the Michigan Construction and Building Trades Council.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Construction worker unions have asked the Michigan Supreme Court to put the brakes on sending a petition-initiated question to the Legislature. 

The unions say the petition campaign broke the rules. Union officials say they’re trying to preserve state and local laws that require construction companies to pay union-scale wages on taxpayer-funded projects, but they say the issue is the integrity of petition circulators. 

MARQUETTE, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Supreme Court has turned down an appeal in a dispute over exotic pigs in the Upper Peninsula. 

A Marquette County judge in 2016 said 10 pigs violated state restrictions on Russian boars and should be destroyed. The appeals court affirmed that decision, and the Supreme Court won't intervene.

The Department of Natural Resources designated Russian boars and other exotic swine as an invasive species. The state says they've escaped from hunting ranches and small farms and ravaged the environment.

Justice Bridget Mary McCormack sat down with News Director Nicole Walton to talk about teaching kids how courts work, tribal law, and Problem-Solving Courts.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Supreme Court is crossing the Mackinac Bridge for the first time. 

The court is hearing a case Wednesday in Sault Ste. Marie. Justices schedule arguments outside Lansing during each term, but spokesman John Nevin says a visit to the Upper Peninsula is unprecedented.

The case is a dispute over a golf cart crash in suburban Detroit. Ken Bertin and Doug Mann were playing the 17th hole when Mann struck Bertin, who was injured.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The debate over firearms and school safety found its way Wednesday to the Michigan Supreme Court. 

The court must decide whether schools can ban firearms, or if that’s preempted by state law. The court heard more than an hour of arguments from both sides.

At issue is a state law that says cities, townships, villages and counties cannot adopt their own firearms ordinances. But the law is silent on school districts.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Supreme Court is taking a fresh look at a lawsuit filed on behalf of thousands of people who were wrongly accused of defrauding the unemployment program. 

The state appeals court said the plaintiffs waited too long to sue. But the Supreme Court says it will hear arguments at a later date after reading briefs about what should have triggered the six-month deadline.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A major firearms case will be debated in front of the Michigan Supreme Court next week. 

But advocates on both sides say it’s about more than whether someone can carry a firearm on school grounds.

Ann Arbor and Clio school districts in Michigan got sued for banning guns on school grounds.

State law generally prevents local gun rules – and the court will decide whether that applies here- which could have a broader impact.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)--   A frozen pipe, a deep hole and a curious woman in the Soo — it all adds up to a case for the Michigan Supreme Court. 

The court is hearing arguments Wednesday in a dispute between the city of Sault Ste. Marie and resident Alice Brown. She sued the city after falling into a 6-foot hole that was excavated to repair a water pipe near her home.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Supreme Court says the state must return more than $550 million to school employees who had money deducted for retiree health care. 

The court ruled 6-0 Wednesday.

School employees had 3 percent of their pay deducted for about two years under a law signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm, but the law was declared unconstitutional.

Snyder in 2012 signed a new law that has survived court challenges.