Michigan Senate http://wemu.org en Medical Marijuana Bills Clear Senate Panel http://wemu.org/post/medical-marijuana-bills-clear-senate-panel <p><strong>Future of medical marijuana bills uncertain after clearing state Senate panel</strong></p><p></p><p>Two bills that would ease restrictions on medical marijuana in Michigan are one step closer to becoming law. A state Senate panel approved the legislation Wednesday.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:24:48 +0000 Jake Neher 48901 at http://wemu.org Medical Marijuana Bills Clear Senate Panel State Senate Panel Returns This Week To Vote On Medical Marijuana Bills http://wemu.org/post/state-senate-panel-returns-week-vote-medical-marijuana-bills <p><strong><em>Medical Marijuana Dispensaries&nbsp;could soon become legal, after GOP change of heart</em></strong></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state Legislature returns this week for its only scheduled session day in July. A state Senate panel is likely to vote on bills that would relax restrictions on medical marijuana.</span></p><div> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:04:39 +0000 Jake Neher 48741 at http://wemu.org State Senate Panel Returns This Week To Vote On Medical Marijuana Bills Michigan Legislature OKs Minimum Wage Hike http://wemu.org/post/michigan-legislature-oks-minimum-wage-hike <p><strong>Legislature approves $9.25 Michigan minimum wage</strong><br /><br />Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to quickly sign a bill increases the Michigan minimum raise as a petition campaign is about to file signatures to force the wage floor even higher.</p><p></p> Tue, 27 May 2014 23:46:38 +0000 Rick Pluta & Jake Neher 46487 at http://wemu.org Michigan Legislature OKs Minimum Wage Hike Michigan Senate Democrats Say Road Fix Plan Is A No-Go http://wemu.org/post/michigan-senate-democrats-say-road-fix-plan-no-go <p><strong>Senate Democrats do not support plan to fix roads</strong><br /><br /><br />It looks like efforts to boost state road funding by about $1.4 billion dollars may have stalled in the state Senate. That's after Senate Democrats came out against the plan because it would significantly increase the state's gas tax.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 21 May 2014 23:25:24 +0000 Jake Neher 46230 at http://wemu.org Michigan Senate Democrats Say Road Fix Plan Is A No-Go State Senate Considers Road Funding Increase http://wemu.org/post/state-senate-considers-road-funding-increase <p><strong>State Senate could triple road funding increase passed by House</strong><br /><br /><br />The Michigan Senate could vote this week on bills that would increase state funding for roads by $1.3-1.4 billion a year. That's almost triple the amount recently approved by the state House.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 19 May 2014 23:35:00 +0000 Jake Neher & Rick Pluta 46103 at http://wemu.org State Senate Considers Road Funding Increase Michigan Senate Approves Minimum Wage Hike http://wemu.org/post/michigan-senate-approves-minimum-wage-hike <p><strong>State Senate votes to raise Michigan's minimum wage to $9.20 an hour</strong><br /><br />A bill to raise Michigan's minimum wage from $7.40 to $9.20 an hour by 2017 has cleared the state Senate.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 01:39:06 +0000 Jake Neher 45921 at http://wemu.org Michigan Senate Approves Minimum Wage Hike State Senate Postpones Teacher Evaluations http://wemu.org/post/state-senate-postpones-teacher-evaluations <p><strong>State Senate votes to delay statewide teacher evaluations… again</strong><br /><br />It looks like lawmakers could once again delay the implementation of a new statewide teacher evaluation system. The state Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to push back the deadline until the 2015-2016 school year.</p><p></p> Thu, 15 May 2014 00:40:44 +0000 Jake Neher 45856 at http://wemu.org State Senate Postpones Teacher Evaluations Richardville: Gas Tax, Vehicle Registration Fee Increases 'Just A Matter Of Time' http://wemu.org/post/richardville-gas-tax-vehicle-registration-fee-increases-just-matter-time <p><strong>State Senate leader plans to up the ante on road funding in coming weeks</strong><br /><br />Until recently, it seemed like boosting the state's gas tax, vehicle registration fees, or other new sources of revenue to help fix Michigan's crumbling roads was off the table this year.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 13 May 2014 23:20:06 +0000 Jake Neher 45802 at http://wemu.org Richardville: Gas Tax, Vehicle Registration Fee Increases 'Just A Matter Of Time' EAA, Detroit and Budget on Michigan Legislative Agenda This Week http://wemu.org/post/eaa-detroit-and-budget-michigan-legislative-agenda-week <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state Senate returns this week after three weeks away from Lansing.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:47:27 +0000 Jake Neher 44678 at http://wemu.org EAA, Detroit and Budget on Michigan Legislative Agenda This Week State Senate Approves Larger Loan Repayments for Doctors http://wemu.org/post/state-senate-approves-larger-loan-repayments-doctors <div>Michigan lawmakers are working to draw more medical providers to low-resource areas by raising caps for a loan repayment program for health professionals in those areas. &nbsp;</div><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 06:04:01 +0000 Associated Press 42693 at http://wemu.org State Senate Approves Larger Loan Repayments for Doctors Support For Marijuana Dispensaries, 'Edibles' Bills Growing http://wemu.org/post/support-marijuana-dispensaries-edibles-bills-growing <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The debate over reviving medical marijuana dispensaries in Michigan starts up again in Lansing this week. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A state Senate panel will hear public testimony on House Bill 4271, which would let communities decide whether to allow dispensaries and how to regulate them. It is also expected to take up House Bill 5104, which would allow patients to use edible and other </span>non-smokable<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> forms of cannabis.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The bills come in response to recent Michigan Supreme Court rulings that shut down marijuana distribution through dispensaries in the state and effectively outlawed any forms of medical cannabis other than </span>smokable<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> forms.&nbsp;</span></p><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Supporters of the legislation say reviving and regulating dispensaries will ensure patients have safe and consistent access to treatment. And they say patients who are children or who suffer from respiratory illnesses should not have to smoke marijuana.</span></div><div> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:42:43 +0000 Jake Neher 42563 at http://wemu.org Support For Marijuana Dispensaries, 'Edibles' Bills Growing State Lawmakers Target Sale to and Possession of E-Cigarrettes to Minors http://wemu.org/post/state-lawmakers-target-sale-and-possession-e-cigarrettes-minors <div><strong>State Senate votes to ban e-cigarette sales to minors</strong></div><p></p><div>It could soon be illegal to sell electronic cigarettes to children in Michigan. The state Senate unanimously passed legislation Thursday meant to keep the smokeless devices out of the hands of minors.&nbsp;</div><p></p><div>So-called "e-cigarettes" deliver a nicotine-laced vapor, but don't contain tobacco. That means the state cannot currently regulate them along with regular cigarettes and other tobacco products.</div><p></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 02:59:08 +0000 Jake Neher 42456 at http://wemu.org State Lawmakers Target Sale to and Possession of E-Cigarrettes to Minors State Senate OKs Legislation to Protect Municipalities from Tax Losses http://wemu.org/post/state-senate-oks-legislation-protect-municipalities-tax-losses <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Legislation to repeal and replace a tax on business equipment has cleared the state Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support. The bills seek to make sure local governments are not hit hard by a repeal of Michigan's Personal Property Tax (</span>PPT<span style="line-height: 1.5;">).&nbsp;</span></div><p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 06:06:15 +0000 Jake Neher 42353 at http://wemu.org State Senate OKs Legislation to Protect Municipalities from Tax Losses State Lawmakers Look To Get Rid of the "R" Word http://wemu.org/post/state-lawmakers-look-get-rid-r-word <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan lawmakers are looking to remove the terms "mental retardation" and "mentally retarded" from state law.&nbsp; The legislation in Lansing incorporates some recent recommendations from a mental health commission appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 09:58:32 +0000 Associated Press 42302 at http://wemu.org State Lawmakers Look To Get Rid of the "R" Word Lansing Seeks Long-Term Medicaid Funding Fix http://wemu.org/post/lansing-seeks-long-term-medicaid-funding-fix <div><strong>State lawmakers look to patch Medicaid shortfall, say long-term solution critical</strong></div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">By Jake </span>Neher</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div></div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan's Medicaid program faces a budget shortfall this year of more than $100 million dollars. That's because a new tax on health insurance claims is not producing as much revenue as state officials expected.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>This week, the state Senate passed a mid-year budget bill that would patch that hole in the Medicaid budget. Sat, 22 Feb 2014 00:48:35 +0000 Bob Eccles 41904 at http://wemu.org $100 million for emergency road repairs and plowing clears state Senate http://wemu.org/post/100-million-emergency-road-repairs-and-plowing-clears-state-senate <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state Senate has approved a plan to fix and maintain roads being ripped apart by brutal winter weather. The Senate passed a mid-year budget bill Thursday that includes $100 million of emergency money for roads.</span></div><p></p><p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 02:22:16 +0000 Jake Neher 41842 at http://wemu.org Senate OKs Road Cash And Medicaid Expansion Changes http://wemu.org/post/senate-oks-road-cash-and-medicaid-expansion-changes <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Senate has voted to spend more for winter road maintenance and to adjust the budget to account for a delay in the expansion of Medicaid. The legislation includes $100 million to fix potholes and help governments with higher-than-usual salting and snow plowing bills. Expanding Medicaid to more low-income adults was supposed to occur in January before senators delayed&nbsp; it until April. &nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 19:34:53 +0000 Associated Press 41821 at http://wemu.org Senate OKs Road Cash And Medicaid Expansion Changes Lawmakers Consider Emergency Road Funding http://wemu.org/post/lawmakers-consider-emergency-road-funding <div><strong>Emergency road funding could be coming after nasty winter</strong></div><div>By Jake Neher</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A monster pothole season is upon us - and state lawmakers say they want to help.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A state Senate panel on Tuesday added $100 million for road repairs and maintenance to a mid-year budget bill to help communities fix potholes and plow roads.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Lawmakers say local governments need the help to offset the costs of constant snow removal and efforts to fix potholes caused by the nasty winter weathe Wed, 19 Feb 2014 04:56:45 +0000 Bob Eccles 41732 at http://wemu.org Legislation would allow Landlords to ban Medical Marijuana Growing and Smoking http://wemu.org/post/legislation-would-allow-landlords-ban-medical-marijuana-growing-and-smoking <div><strong>Landlords could ban tenants from smoking or growing medical marijuana under bill</strong></div><div>By Jake Neher</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Some Michigan medical marijuana patients and caregivers could soon be banned from smoking or growing cannabis where they live.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A state Senate panel approved a bill on Tuesday that would let landlords decide whether to allow tenants to grow or smoke medical marijuana.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>"We've had a lot of apartment owners that have people smoking marijuana or growing marijuana, doing d Wed, 19 Feb 2014 04:54:01 +0000 Bob Eccles 41729 at http://wemu.org State Income Tax Reduction Proposal Moving Forward http://wemu.org/post/state-income-tax-reduction-proposal-moving-forward <p><strong>Income tax reduction clears committee, goes to full state Senate</strong><br />By Jake Neher<br /><br /><br />Plans to reduce Michigan's income tax rate are moving forward in the state Legislature. A state Senate panel approved a bill Wednesday that would phase in the tax cut over three years.<br /><br />The income tax rate would go from 4.25% to 3.9% by 2017.<br /><br />"This is a tax on work," said Scott Hagerstrom with the anti-tax group Americans for Prosperity of Michigan. "You want more of something? Tax it less. We want more work and more productivity."<br /> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 00:56:34 +0000 Bob Eccles 40855 at http://wemu.org Local Reaction to Michigan Senate Approving Common Core Funding http://wemu.org/post/local-reaction-michigan-senate-approving-common-core-funding <p>The Michigan Senate has restored funding to implement the Common Core educational standards. WEMU's Bob Eccles has reaction from one local school district.</p><p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 22:46:13 +0000 Bob Eccles 36851 at http://wemu.org