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Teachers, firefighters and police are celebrating today.  That’s after lawmakers dropped legislation that would make drastic changes to their retirement benefits.  


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The process has begun to look for a new Ann Arbor school board member.


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Republicans have hung onto their majority in the state House.  Meanwhile, Democrats are planning a change of leadership for next year. 


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Two bills to help Flint recover from the water crisis are making their way through the legislature.  Both bills passed through the Senate Thursday with a near-unanimous vote.  


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Legislation on child restraint in classrooms passed through a House committee Thursday.  The legislation would prevent teachers from restraining or isolating a student, except as a last resort in an emergency situation. 


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Third graders who fail the state’s reading test might not be able to graduate to fourth grade.  That’s if Governor Rick Snyder signs a bill that is headed his way.  


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Lawmakers need to be more transparent.  That was the message sent by the House today when it approved bills to expand Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).  


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The Freedom of Information Act could be changing in Michigan. 


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Big changes may be on the horizon for medical marijuana in Michigan. 


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State lawmakers want to make sure your city won’t tax or ban plastic grocery and retail bags.


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There are now two desks on the floor of the state House draped with black ribbon and bedecked with flowers. 

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Medical marijuana clinics in Michigan would have to be licensed and pay sales taxes under bills adopted by the state Senate


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State lawmakers are trying to increase the availability of healthy foods in Michigan.   


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It was light voter turnout for the primary elections in Washtenaw County. County elections director Ed Golembiewski had predicted 20-to-25% turnout among the more than 272,000 registered voters.  In the end, under 18% cast a ballot. 

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A new law will help victims of domestic violence separate their cell phone contracts from their accused abusers.


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Democrats are calling for an amendment to the state constitution they say will make voting easier in Michigan. 


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Today is the deadline for potential candidates to submit their names to be the replacement nominee for Democratic state lawmaker Julie Plawecki, who died last month. 


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Legal troubles are piling for a Detroit-area state lawmaker.  Representative Brian Banks faces new felony charges that he submitted fake paycheck records to get a loan. 


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Governor Rick Snyder traveled to a middle school in Oakland County to sign a $16 billion education budget for the coming fiscal year.  He approved it despite questions over a provision that sends money to private and religious schools. 


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Washtenaw County's "eco-fee" for using plastic or paper bags from retail grocery stores is scheduled to go into effect on Earth Day in 2017. In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Washtenaw County solid waste specialist Noelle Bowman about the new ordinance and whether state lawmakers will actually allow for its implementation. 


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The State of Michigan's 2017 fiscal year budget brings good news for one of Eastern Michigan University's projects.  


    

Police in Michigan would be allowed to send cell phone alerts to warn the public of mass shooting incidents under a package of legislation sent to Governor Rick Snyder.  

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The state Senate has approved a 20-bill criminal justice overhaul package designed to save taxpayers' money by keeping more prisoners from reoffending. 

Candidates For Ann Arbor State Representative To Debate

Jun 3, 2016
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Democratic candidates for the 53rd State Congressional District will debate Saturday. 


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A state House committee could vote today on a bill to create a crime of “aggressive panhandling.”  The bill would replace state and local anti-begging laws that have been struck down as violations of free speech rights. 


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