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The state Legislature went over the governor’s head Wednesday.  It approved a veto override – something that hasn’t happened in Michigan since 2002.


Tax Form
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The Legislature is once again at odds with the governor.  This time, it’s over what to do about the new federal tax law.


Michigan House of Representatives
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Sexual harassment by public officials is one of the topics lawmakers are looking to tackle this term. 


Michigan House of Representatives
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The state Legislature returns this week.  One committee is set to see a lot of action.


Lisa Barry

As the year comes to a close and holiday vacations get underway, state lawmakers have already wrapped up for the year.

89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry spoke to a local state senator looking back and looking ahead for the New Year.


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Sandhill cranes are perhaps the earth’s oldest living bird species.  Measuring up to 5 feet tall, these iconic symbols of wilderness have rebounded from near extinction in our area.  Has this conservation success story gotten out of hand?  In this installment of WEMU’s Green Room series, Barbara Lucas explores varying perspectives.

 


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The Michigan State Senate voted to allow those who obtain enhanced concealed pistol licenses to carry them in places that are normally considered no-gun zones, such as schools and churches.  The vote was 25-12.  89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry speaks with one of the Senators who voted no on the measure, Rebekah Warren.


Parking Tickets
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The state House voted Thursday night to get rid of Michigan’s Driver Responsibility Fee, but the bills could hit a roadblock in the state Senate. 


Police Car
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A state lawmaker wants to require driver education in Michigan to include training on how to behave during police stops.  He hopes it will reduce misunderstandings and conflicts.


Technical Education
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Michigan schools aren’t quite on board with legislation to teach more skilled trades and technical education in schools.  But with a few changes, they might get there soon.


Nurse
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Michigan may do a one-time study looking at what kind of care seniors will need – and whether they can afford it. 


Rebekah Warren
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Due to state-mandated term limits, Rebekah Warren's tenure in the Michigan State Senate is coming to the end.  But, she believes her work in Lansing is far from over.  WEMU's David Fair talks to Warren about her announcement to run for the Michigan House of Representatives.

Car Accident
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The state is inching closer toward a controversial overhaul of its car insurance law.  The House Insurance Committee passed a bill Thursday with several changes. 


Michigan Youth Challenge Academy
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Kids in Michigan might get a new way to keep their criminal records clean. 


Parking Tickets
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Bills to forgive Michigan’s controversial driver responsibility fees have cleared a state House committee.  But, they’ve hit a roadblock.  They’re opposed by Governor Rick Snyder’s Treasury department.


Cyberbullying
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Lawmakers in Michigan say more needs to be done to fight cyberbullying.  A new bill is aimed at doing just that.


Tim Kelly
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A state Representative could be headed to the White House. 


I-75
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A plan to grant amnesty to people who owe sometimes thousands of dollars in unpaid driver responsibility fees is in the works.  A bipartisan group of state lawmakers rolled out the proposal Thursday. 


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Ten state House Democrats yesterday linked arms during the Pledge of Allegiance in lieu of putting their hands over their hearts.  They say it was to show solidarity with NFL players and to protest a controversial Facebook post by the leader of the Michigan State Police. 


Cannabis
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Lawmakers in Lansing say they want a seamless transition as marijuana dispensaries start to get licensed. 


Another Auto Insurance Rollout In Lansing

Sep 27, 2017
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A bipartisan group in Michigan rolled out a new auto no-fault insurance overhaul plan Tuesday.


Car Insurance
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Lawmakers in Lansing are gearing up for a showdown over Michigan’s auto no-fault law.  A group of Republicans and Democrats in the state House announced changes they plan to introduce. 


Michigan House of Representatives
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Members of the state House of Representatives are ready to take on a mental health overhaul when they return next week.  


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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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