Jayson Waller, CEO and co-founder of Power Home Solar testifies in support of the bills presented.

Advocates of green energy push to power Michigan forward

On Feb. 11, Michigan Senate Committee on Energy and Technology held its first hearing for testimonials on a set of three bills collectively called Powering Michigan Forward.

This bipartisan package of bills would remove the 1% cap limiting the amount of renewable energy utilities are allowed to purchase from private entities.

Fair and Equal Michigan works to amend state civil rights law

MSU Alliance of Queer and Ally Students executive board member Jacinda Glover poses in the LBGT Resource Center. Supporters of  a ballot initiative to amend Michigan’s civil rights act to include protections for gender identity and sexual orientation began collecting signatures last week. Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act of 1976 reaffirmed the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 and was eventually amended to include protections for discrimination based on height, weight  and pregnancy. In the 44 years since its passage, several attempts have been made to pass amendments that would protect LGBTQ people from discrimination, especially in employment and housing. The latest to take up the mantle of this cause is Fair and Equal Michigan, which campaigned to put the initiative on the November ballot.

No-excuse absentee voting faces its first primary election

On March 10, 15 Democrats and four Republicans will be on the presidential primary election ballot. With Michigan’s new voting laws approved in November 2018, it is easier than ever to vote. Michigan now allows registered voters to request  absentee ballots from their local or city clerks’ office without giving an excuse. According to the Secretary of State’s office, applications for an absentee ballot must be filled out in writing. The deadline to request a mailed absentee ballot is 5 p.m. March 6.

All precincts voted at Sawden School Administration Building. Voters voted for the next mayor and three vacant seats on the city council.

2020 elections will allow same-day registration

Michigan residents are preparing to cast their votes in the March 10 presidential primary, the first big test of Proposal 3, in which voters can register up until Election Day.

East Lansing Chief Deputy City Clerk Brian Jackson has different ways for students and citizens to register.