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Margaret O'Brien

Lawmakers Plan Ways To Make Michigan Roads Safer

May 29, 2018
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Lawmakers in Lansing want to make Michigan roads safer.  Bills to require a 3-foot gap when passing bicyclists are moving through the Legislature.  And some lawmakers want to tackle distracted driving next.


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Lawmakers plan to move a series of bills in response to Larry Nassar today.  Nassar is the former Michigan State University sports doctor who sexually assaulted his patients for years.  The legislation won’t look the same coming out of committee as it did going in – and some bills might not get a vote.  


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Victims of certain crimes in Michigan could become harder to track down – and advocates say that’s for their own safety.  Legislation that passed the state Senate would let victims keep their addresses confidential.


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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.