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Sterilization is one of methods the City of Ann Arbor uses to help control the urban deer population. That could change.  The Michigan House of Representatives has approved a bill that could impact the city's deer management program.  


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People from Flint interrupted a state legislative session Wednesday to demand clean drinking water.


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The Michigan Department of Quality's decision to grant Nestle a permit to increase large-scale water withdrawals continues to generate controversy. The MDEQ will now allow Nestle to withdraw 400-gallons of groundwater per minute for its 'Ice Mountain' bottled water brand.  That's up from the 250-gallons per minute previously allowed.  Democrat Rebekah Warren says it's the wrong decision and conversations on remedies need to continue.


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For more than two decades, Rick Pluta has been covering Michigan politics in Lansing as chief correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network.  He has his finger on the pulse of what is happening at levels of state government.  Now, he'll regularly share his expertise with you in 89.1 WEMU's new feature, 'The State of Politics." 


Michigan State University
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Lawmakers says there’s no doubt that Michigan State University failed to protect its students from Larry Nassar.  He’s the former MSU sports doctor who sexually assaulted patients for years under the guise of treatment.


Yousef Rabhi
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53rd District State Representative Yousef Rabhi (D-Ann Arbor) has recently introduced three bills and a budget amendment related to protecting Michigan’s water.  In this week’s edition of "Issues of the Environment," WEMU’s David Fair discusses the bills and the ongoing challenges our Great Lakes State faces when it comes to the health and safety of our greatest natural resource.


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The state House has approved a bill to require vehicles to keep a distance of at least three feet when passing bicyclists. 


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You might soon be able to register to vote from the comfort of your home.  Lawmakers in the state Senate passed a bill Thursday for online voter registration.


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The state Senate passed legislation sponsors say will increase the rights of victims of sexual assault.


Prisons
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The state House has adopted bills that would allow prisoners in advanced stages of illness, including cancer and dementia to be paroled for medical reasons.


Pothole
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Roads, flood damage repairs, and an investigation could get money sent their way soon.  The Legislature has sent a spending bill to the governor’s desk.


Rebekah Warren
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Last month, the Michigan Senate passed legislation that would lead to more oversight for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.  The devil ,as they say, is in the details. IS it actually going to strengthen environmental protections?  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan State Senator Rebekah Warren about her thoughts on the bills that are now before the State House of Representatives. 


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Tuition-free community college for all is one of the priorities rolled out Monday by state House Democrats.  The Democrats’ plans create several friction points with Republicans.


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Some state lawmakers want to end the practice of allowing police agencies to seize and hold onto cash, cars, and other assets that they think might have played a role in illegal activity.  State law allows police departments to keep seized assets even if a suspect is never charged or convicted of a crime.


James Lower
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State lawmakers want to overhaul how three major universities select their governing bodies.  This stems from ongoing criticism of Michigan State University’s handling of sexual assault complaints.


John Engler
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Former Governor John Engler will serve as interim president of his troubled alma mater, Michigan State University.  The MSU Board of Trustees is expected to officially vote on the appointment at a meeting this morning.


Tom Leonard
Michigan House Republicans / gophouse.org

Michigan State University is under multiple investigations for its handling of sexual assault complaints.  And the Board of Trustees says it will cooperate with all of them.  The Speaker of the House plans to use every tool he has to make sure MSU cooperates with his investigation.


Michigan House of Representatives
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The state House of Representatives started an investigation into Michigan State University today.  This stems from a former MSU sports doctor’s criminal conduct.


Money
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The state House has adopted legislation to allow Michigan taxpayers to continue to claim the personal income tax exemption.  The bill is supposed to make sure Michiganders don’t pay more as a result of the new federal tax law.


Michigan Capitol
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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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