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This week, lawmakers in Lansing plan to move legislation aimed at improving the state’s sexual assault laws. This comes after weeks of discussion on more than 30 bills.  The bills would do things like require sexual assault and dating violence be taught during sex education in high school and increase penalties for people that are required to report suspected child abuse, but don’t.


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Legislation to lengthen the amount of time victims of sexual assault have to file complaints continues to get pushback.  The bills are part of a response to former Michigan State University sports doctor Larry Nassar.  He sexually assaulted his patients for years.


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The state Legislature began discussions Wednesday on the newest plan to make people work for Medicaid.


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Bills to address campus sexual misconduct have stalled in the state Senate.


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Last month, the Michigan Senate passed legislation that would lead to more oversight for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.  The devil ,as they say, is in the details. IS it actually going to strengthen environmental protections?  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan State Senator Rebekah Warren about her thoughts on the bills that are now before the State House of Representatives. 


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Voters might have the chance to decide a pair of workers’ rights questions next year.


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A group of experts will try to figure out how a state computer glitch wrongly accused thousands of people of fraud. 


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A special state House committee has started to look for ways to pay for roads and transportation after voters overwhelmingly said “NO” to Proposal One. 

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Michigan is becoming a better state for attracting and retaining businesses.  That's according to a new study conducted by Northwood University for the Michigan Chamber Foundation. The head of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce is pleased with the progress, but recognizes more work needs to be done. 


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For years Republicans and Democrats across Michigan have raised concerns about the state’s personal property tax.  Voters in August will decide if a solution to phase-out the tax and reimburse local governments can go forward.


Campaign Sets Sights on Higher Minimum Wage

Feb 17, 2014

Minimum wage campaign sets its sights at $10.10
By Rick Pluta

The campaign to increase Michigan's minimum wage has upped its goal to $10.10 an hour in four years.

The petition drive had initially set its sights on raising the state minimum wage from its current $7.40 an hour to $9.50 by 2016, and then indexing the wage to inflation. The new wage target is part of an amended filing with the state.