Michigan House of Representatives

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


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


Julie Plawecki
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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. 


Brian Banks
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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. 


Eastern Michigan University
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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. 

Yousef Rabhi
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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. 


Kevin Cotter
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The state House GOP leader has called for an amendment to the Michigan Constitution.  House Speaker Kevin Cotter wants to make it easier to fire state civil service employees. 


FOIA
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An effort to expand Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act could move forward this week in the state legislature.   


Gretchen Driskell
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Former Republican Governor William Milliken is formally endorsing Democratic State Representative Gretchen Driskell.

 

Plastic Bags
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Local efforts to address the environmental concerns of plastic bag use in Washtenaw County just took a giant step backwards in Lansing.


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The legislative committee looking into the Flint water crisis wrapped up hearings Tuesday without hearing from Governor Rick Snyder, his senior aides, or former emergency managers who were in charge of the city at the outset of the debacle.


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The state Legislature re-convenes this week to hash out a solution to the Detroit schools’ looming financial collapse.  


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A controversial GOP plan to overhaul Detroit’s schools has landed in the state Senate and is getting a skeptical reception. 


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Legislation to increase the speed limits on Michigan's highway has been working its way through the state Legislature.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Timothy Gates, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Michigan State University, about how higher speed limits may impact the environment.


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Republican leaders in Lansing had some harsh words for teachers who virtually shut down the Detroit school district Monday with a “sickout.”  That’s after they were told they could soon be facing payless paydays.


Jeff Irwin
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A Democrat on the legislative committee looking into the Flint water crisis says Governor Rick Snyder and former state-appointed emergency managers should be called in to testify.  


Karen Weaver
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Flint Mayor Karen Weaver will return to Lansing for a second day today to meet with legislative leaders.


Michigan State House of Representatives
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The Michigan House Elections Committee has passed legislation to change how much time petition organizers have to gather voter signatures.

 

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A state House committee will review a bill Wednesday which will limit the time frame to gather petition signatures to 180 days.

 

 

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There was a spirited debate between lawmakers on a state House budget panel over a Republican effort to punish the state Board of Education.  


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