Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof

State Legislature gets rid of prevailing wage

Jun 7, 2018

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Prevailing wage is now a thing of Michigan’s past. The House and Senate passed an initiative Wednesday to get rid of the law that requires workers be paid union-level wages on public contracts. 

Union members and skilled trade workers gathered at the Capitol to oppose the vote. They interrupted House session multiple times during the vote to cheer speeches against repealing the law and boo those in favor of repeal. The bill passed in a 56-53 vote. The chamber erupted with yells and jeers after the vote was tallied.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan could soon require certain people to work for their Medicaid benefits.

A bill passed a state Senate panel Wednesday. 

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof (R-West Olive) said the bill will likely get a full Senate vote next week. But it’s on Thursday’s agenda for a full floor vote.

“I think there’s a lot of merit there,” he said. “Folks that are able-bodied, I think this will help them become more self-sufficient. I think this is a good idea.”

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Ideas are floating around Lansing about how to make the state’s schools safer from gun violence. 

Several proposals are in the works.  One idea from Republicans would let teachers and school staff have access to firearms in emergencies. The teacher would have to have special training and the weapons would be stored in a secure location.

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof says he might be on board with this type of plan.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A Republican candidate for governor has been kicked off of his Senate committees. 

Senator Patrick Colbeck (R-Canton) is known for being outspoken on conservative issues – even against his own party. He’s spoken out against Republican handling of the Medicaid expansion and the gas tax. Colbeck was already one of the few Republican Senators without a committee chairmanship.

Colbeck said he’ll continue to represent his district – it just might be a little harder now.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The mayor of Flint has met with a key Senate leader to renew her call for quickly replacing the city's lead pipes and dispel "misconceptions" that she's planning to sue Michigan over contaminated water. Karen Weaver met with Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof on Wednesday.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Firefighters with certain types of cancer might soon be able to charge the state for their medical expenses after the Michigan Senate approved a one-time appropriation.  

The Senate unanimously approved $1 million to cover firefighters' expenses on Thursday. But Senate Majority Leader and Republican Arlan Meekhof says he doesn't know whether that is enough to cover the cost of firefighters' current cancer bills.

Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation in January 2015 meant to cover cancer spurred by carcinogens they absorbed on the job.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Senate has passed legislation to ensure that signatures collected for a ballot question are valid only if collected within 180 days. 

Current law allows groups to challenge the cap, including a group in favor of legalizing marijuana. Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, a Republican, says the bill makes everybody play by the same rules.

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LANSING, MI (AP)--   People attempting longshot efforts to recall Governor Rick Snyder and two lawmakers from office will have to try again with state election officials.

The Board of State Canvassers on Tuesday rejected recall petitions for the Republican governor, Republican Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof and Republican Sen. Wayne Schmidt of Traverse City, ruling the petitions did not factually and clearly state reasons to recall the elected officials.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Senate's resistance to a proposed 40-percent increase in vehicle registration fees has delayed voting for at least another week on a road-funding plan.

A spokeswoman for Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof says he is talking with other legislative leaders and Governor Rick Snyder to see if a compromise is within reach, a day after a vote was scheduled but not taken.

Senate to vote to repeal Michigan's prevailing wage law

May 8, 2015

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Republicans in the Michigan Senate plan to vote to repeal a state law requiring union-scale wages on public building projects.

The majority had waited to proceed with the prevailing wage legislation because labor unions helped support Proposal 1, the bipartisan road-funding plan that voters resoundingly defeated this week.

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof said Thursday that a Senate committee will hold a hearing next week. The bills could see quick approval both in committee and on the floor.