State 1976 civil rights law could expand to include gender identity and sexual orientation

CIVIL RIGHTS EXPANSION: A Senate committee is moving ahead with legislation to expand the state civil rights law to better protect LGBTQ residents. Advocates contend the legislation would reinforce a 2022 state Supreme Court ruling on the scope of the current law in a case brought by businesses in Sturgis and Gwinn. Story includes lawmakers from Detroit, Ann Arbor, Bay City, Southfield, Warren, Flint and Kalamazoo. By Morgan Womack. FOR DETROIT, LANSING CITY PULSE, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, MARQUETTE, MIDLAND AND ALL POINTS.

Abortion rights advocates press to repeal nullified law

REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS: Voters enshrined a right to abortion in the state constitution, but the ACLU and other reproductive rights advocates say there’s more work to be done to protect women’s right to choose, including easier access to medical services. That also includes repealing a 1931 law that criminalized abortion. References to Trenton and Taylor senators. The Michigan Catholic Conference says it will continue to push to protect the unborn. By Maggie George. FOR DETROIT, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.

New civil rights agenda taking shape in state Senate

CIVIL RIGHTS PRIORITIES: The new Democratic chair of the Senate Civil Rights, Judiciary and Public Safety Committee, from Detroit, wants the panel to address such issues as gender identity and sexual orientation and advocating for juvenile justice. The GOP vice chair, from White Lake, wants the panel to look at increased transparency of Child Protective Services cases. We also talk to the Michigan Association of Counties. FOR DETROIT, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.