Michigan House of Representatives

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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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Students need more options outside of traditional, college-track education.  That’s the thought behind new legislation scheduled to be introduced this week. 


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Some Democrats in the state House want to make literacy a constitutional right.  But not everyone is on board.   


Lansing Democrats Introduce Paid Sick Leave Bills

Mar 2, 2017
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Democrats in Lansing and President Donald Trump may have finally found an issue they can agree on – paid sick leave. 


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There’s renewed interest in criminal justice reform in Lansing.


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Yousef Rabhi, representing the 53rd District, is one of three new State House Representatives from Washtenaw County.  We sent WEMU’s Jorge Avellan to spend a day with Rabhi and report on the work he’s doing on your behalf in Lansing.


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Since the Flint Water Crisis we have all, at some point, questioned the safety of our water.  That crisis is still being addressed and serves as a cautionary tale for what can happen around the rest of the state.  In this week’s "Issues of the Environment," WEMU’s David Fair talks with 55th District State Representative Adam Zemke about the health of our water and what needs to be done.


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There won’t be an income tax cut anytime soon in Michigan. 

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Governor Rick Snyder won’t support a plan to roll back the state income tax rate without a matching plan to cut spending.


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Lawmakers in Lansing might not try to do away with the state income tax after all, but they are still looking to reduce it. 


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