Capitol News http://wemu.org en Michigan Lawmakers New Year's Resolution: Find Money To Fix Roads http://wemu.org/post/michigan-lawmakers-new-years-resolution-find-money-fix-roads <p>State lawmakers have left Lansing for the holidays and won’t return until January 8<sup>th</sup>. But they already have a long list of things to do heading into 2014.&nbsp; One of the big jobs they’ll face will be finding money to improve the state’s roads and infrastructure.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 09:48:27 +0000 David Fair 39051 at http://wemu.org Michigan Lawmakers New Year's Resolution: Find Money To Fix Roads Medical Marijuana Bills Approved by Michigan House http://wemu.org/post/medical-marijuana-bills-approved-michigan-house <p><strong>State House approves a trio of medical marijuana bills</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Medical marijuana patients in Michigan would have more ways to legally obtain and consume cannabis under three bills that cleared the state House on Thursday.</span></p><p>House Bill 4271 would allow medical marijuana dispensaries to operate again in Michigan.</p><p>State Rep. Mike Callton (R-Nashville) introduced the legislation. He says it’s critical for many patients to have safe access to marijuana right away.</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 03:03:59 +0000 Jake Neher 38943 at http://wemu.org Medical Marijuana Bills Approved by Michigan House Veto-proof abortion insurance ban adopted by Legislature http://wemu.org/post/veto-proof-abortion-insurance-ban-adopted-legislature <p>The Michigan Legislature has approved a petition initiative that will require people to buy a separate health insurance policy for abortion coverage. The initiative passed with commanding Republican majorities in the House and the Senate. A handful of Democrats also voted yes.</p><p>State Representative Amanda Price (R-Holland) said people who object to abortion should not be forced to help pay for it in their insurance premiums.</p><p>“No matter how one frames the issue before us, abortion is an individual choice,” she said. “I will say that again: abortion is an individual choice.”</p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 21:59:10 +0000 Rick Pluta 38933 at http://wemu.org