2018

MAP members are being asked to contact their legislators today to oppose legislation introduced Tuesday, Nov. 27 to increase the cost to public employees for their healthcare. HB 6531 from State Rep. Lower and SB 1209 from Sen. Pavlov were introduced to amend the Publicly Funded Health Insurance Contribution Act by dropping the hard cap down to $12,500.

MAP encourages its members to call the following offices immediately to express their opposition to this lame duck legislation.

Rep. Lower: (517) 373-0834
Speaker Leonard: (517) 373-1778
Sen. Pavlov: (517) 373-7708
Sen. Majority Leader Meekhof: (517) 373-6920

Michigan Association of Police Organizations (MAPO) has issued their 2018 candidate and proposal endorsements for the General Election Tuesday, Nov. 6.

As of Thursday, Nov. 1, the latest polls have:

  • Debbie Stabenow with a 14 point lead over John James for U.S. Senate.
  • Gretchen Whitmer with an 11 point lead over Bill Schuette for Governor.
  • Dana Nessel with a 9 point lead over Tom Leonard for Attorney General.
  • Jocelyn Benson with a 7 point lead over Mary Treder Lang for Secretary of State.
  • Proposal 1 - Legalizing Recreational Marijuana - YES 55 percent, NO 40 percent.
  • Proposal 2 - Eliminating Gerrymandering - YES 57 percent, NO 39 percent.
  • Proposal 3 - Election Reform - YES 57 percent, NO 38 percent.

MAP members are encouraged to get out and vote! Click here for the MAPO 2018 General Election Endorsements.

The Aug. 7 Primary Election set a modern day voter turnout record with the number of ballots cast expected to exceed 2 million. Michigan voters will hear “Fix the Damn Roads” and “I have been endorsed by President Trump” for the next three months as Democrat Gretchen Whitmer and Republican Bill Schuette won their respective primaries. Campaigning will continue to see who will succeed Governor Rick Snyder as state's next Governor in the November general election. In his first foray into politics, John James, an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran and businessman, defeated venture capitalist Sandy Pensler to win the Republican primary. James will run against three-term incumbent U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Delta Twp.) in November’s election. Other state senator and representative primary race winners are also highlighted in the Special Election Karoub Report.

All Local Executive Board Members and Local Stewards are encouraged to register now to attend a series of free Grievance Seminars being held on Fridays at the MAP Office.

The Seminars, being conducted by MAP Executive Director Fred Timpner, will provide valuable information on key grievance issues.Seminars on Aug. 24 and Oct. 19, 2018 will focus on Discipline. Contract Interpretation will be discussed at the Seminar on Sept. 21, 2018. All Seminars begin at 10 a.m. and lunch will be served. Details can be found on the website Calendar.

Grievance Seminars are limited to 12 persons on a first-come basis. Please contact Julie Palmquist at (248) 509-7158, ext. 231 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible to make reservations.

Lawmakers have only 30 days of session scheduled for the remainder of the year with the House actually at 29 days. The House will return to session after Labor Day for the month of September, although three of those weeks are just two-day session weeks. The Senate meets one extra day that month. But the Michigan League of Conservation Voters (MLCV) says lawmakers should return to Lansing immediately to undertake investigations as to why the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in 2012 did not take a staffers report connecting PFAS chemical contamination to various diseases and health issues. Gov. Rick Snyder has signed into law legislation (SB 652, 653 and 654) that gives him the power to appoint three new commissions within the DEQ. Closing arguments have been held in a 24-day preliminary exam on whether Department of Human Services Director Nick Lyons had individual legal duty by statute or otherwise to notify the public about Flint’s Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks in 2014 and 2015. The Michigan Supreme Court (MSC) recently heard oral arguments from both sides of the Voter Not Politicians (VNP) ballot proposal to have an independent commission redraw Michigan’s political districts. The Michigan Chamber of Commerce has mounted a legal challenge to a ballot proposal that is designed to put an end to gerrymandering in the state. The paid sick leave and minimum wage increase ballot proposals are opposed by Michigan Opportunity, a ballot question committee affiliated with the Michigan Restaurant Association. Michigan Opportunity has filed a complaint in the Court of Appeals alleging the minimum wage increase proposal “unlawfully seeks to amend the current law by reference and without re-enactment and publication of that law as required.” Michigan drivers need to keep their distance from bikers, allowing at least three feet of space while passing bicyclists on the road under legislation (HB 4198, 4185 and 4265) signed into law by Gov. Snyder. Click here for more details in the July 2018 Karoub Report.