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Margaret O'Brien

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The state Senate passed legislation sponsors say will increase the rights of victims of sexual assault.


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A bipartisan group of state lawmakers will roll out bills today designed to combat sexual misconduct on college campuses.  It’s part of the Legislature’s initial response to issues at Michigan State University.


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Michigan is on its way to tracking sexual assault kits.  The legislation is in response to major backlogs of sexual assault kit processing.


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Survivors of last year’s deadly bike crash near Kalamazoo testified Wednesday before a state Senate committee in support of safety legislation.


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If you want to take your favorite dog out to eat with you, you might soon be in luck. 


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State lawmakers are quickly pushing through female genital mutilation legislation.  About two weeks ago, a Senate committee passed legislation that would make performing female genital mutilation a fifteen year felony.


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A state Senate committee holds a hearing today on bills to outlaw female genital mutilation in Michigan.  It’s already a federal crime with a penalty of up to five years in prison.  The bill’s sponsors say that’s not tough enough.  A lot of experts say a tougher law may not be enough to deter an entrenched cultural and religious practice.