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Michigan would generate 50% of its electricity from clean, renewable sources by 2035 and greatly reduce energy waste under legislation under consideration in Lansing.  The package of bills aims to reduce energy costs, create jobs and build upon recently enacted energy laws.  In this month’s edition on “1st Friday Focus on the Environment,” WEMU’s David Fair discusses the issues with the Government Affairs Director for the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, Charlotte Jameson and with 52nd District State Representative Donna Lasinski (D-Scio Township), who is a co-sponsor of the house bills. 


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Political intrigue is being blamed for the collapse of a deal for the state to offer big tax breaks to employers who bring a lot of jobs to Michigan.


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A federal prosecutor recently revealed as many as 100 girls in Michigan may have been victims of female genital mutilation.  Now the state legislature is working quickly to pass bills to make it a 15-year felony in Michigan.


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Controversial gun legislation was up for a vote in the state House Wednesday. 


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A state House committee has adopted bills that would require local officials to help enforce federal immigration laws. 


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Governor Rick Snyder is pushing for quick approval of a controversial tax break to help lure large employers to the state. 


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Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley is raising his profile ahead of an anticipated run for governor next year. 


Michigan Democrats Call For LGBTQ Protections

May 31, 2017
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Lawmakers in the state House and Senate are once again calling for more legal protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. 


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A state House bill would make it easier for people to sue their local government to repeal a gun ordinance. 


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A state House committee held its first hearing Wednesday on legislation that would outlaw “sanctuary cities” in Michigan.  The bills would ban local ordinances and rules that police officers says cannot ask about the immigration status of a suspect or a witness unless it’s tied to their investigation. 


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Controversial legislation on state regulatory rules is making its way through the legislature. 


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Gun rights are up for debate in the state legislature again.


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There were tears and hugs on the floor of the state House Tuesday as colleagues got word that state Representative John Kivela took his life – one day after his second arrest on a charge of drunk driving.

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Lawmakers in Lansing are trying to increase penalties for attacks on first responders. 


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After stops and starts, the state Legislature has adopted a bill to send $100 million to Flint to replace lead pipes.  The money is from the federal government, but had to be approved by state lawmakers.

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Michigan may join a handful of other states with increased reporting requirements for child abuse and animal abuse.  


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Police officials say taking away the penalty for refusing a roadside breath test could increase instances of operating while intoxicated.  But a bill in a state House committee would do just that. 


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A campaign committee controlled by Republican leaders is facing fines and questions over how it lost track of many thousands of dollars during the last election. 


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The state House and Senate are playing volleyball with money to fix a sinkhole in Macomb County.


More Business Breaks Headed For State House

Mar 30, 2017
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Another tax incentive for Michigan businesses passed the state Senate Wednesday and is on its way to the House.


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Federal money to upgrade water systems is on a fast track toward Flint.  The state House has agreed to spend $100 million dollars from the EPA and kick in another $20 million from the state. 


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Transparency in state government was up for a vote Thursday in Lansing.  The state House approved a package of bills that would open up the governor’s office and the legislature to freedom of information requests.


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Some state lawmakers got an early peek at Governor Rick Snyder’s new lead rules that are supposed to be rolled out this week.  A top state environmental official shared some details in testimony before a state House budget subcommittee.

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A battle is brewing in the state legislature over government transparency for the governor and legislature.


Criminal Justice Bills Headed For Snyder’s Desk

Mar 10, 2017
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Michigan is on its way toward sweeping changes in its criminal justice system.  The State House passed a large package of legislation Wednesday. 


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