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A new veterans’ home may not go in Detroit as originally planned. 


Opioid Bills Head To Governor Snyder's Desk

Dec 14, 2017
Opioid
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Legislation aimed at curbing the state’s opioid crisis is on its way to the governor.


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Democratic lawmakers are trying once again to repeal the state’s “Right to Work” law.  Five years ago, a Republican-led Legislature made Right to Work the law of the state.  It prohibits contracts that make union membership a condition of employment. 


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The Legislature has sent Governor Rick Snyder a set of local retirement bills that passed by wide margins once they were stripped of controversial provisions. 


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A union-led petition drive is launching today to protect the state’s prevailing wage law from a different petition drive.  This could lead to dueling ballot questions next November.


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State House Speaker Tom Leonard says it’s time for Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon to step down.  It’s part of the growing chorus of criticism of how MSU has handled a sex assault scandal.


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Michigan has a growing number of inmates who are elderly, terminally ill, or otherwise medically frail.  There is an effort underway to allow many of those felons to be released. 


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Local governments and police and firefighter unions are keeping a close eye on hearings to begin this week at the state Capitol.  GOP leaders are proposing more aggressive state oversight of local retirement funds. 


Retirement
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It looks like the Legislature will spend much of December fighting over an overhaul of how the state oversees local retirement funds. 


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Hundreds of police officers and firefighters converged Wednesday on the state Capitol.  They rallied to protect retirement benefits.


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When the state Legislature returns its holiday break, it’ll have a list of things to try and get done before the end of the year.  One item could be controversial gun bills. 


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Michigan is one big step closer to voting on marijuana legalization.  An initiative turned in its signatures to get on the 2018 ballot Monday.


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A teen was recently attacked in Muskegon County.  Officials say it was because he’s gay.  Now some prosecutors and lawmakers are calling on the legislature to expand the state’s hate crimes law


Pro-Gun Bills Pass Michigan Senate Committee

Nov 8, 2017
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In the wake of another mass shooting, the state Legislature took up bills to expand the state’s concealed carry laws. 


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. 


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A bill before the Legislature would close loopholes that led to a judge accidentally ordering a woman to share child custody with the man who raped her.  It was the result of a new law that was supposed to get more fathers to pay child support. 


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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. 


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Michigan’s 0.08 percent blood-alcohol level is set to expire next year.  But a bill is on its way to the governor’s desk to prevent that.


Promise-Zone Bills Headed To the Governor’s Desk

Oct 19, 2017
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The Michigan Legislature may create five new “Promise Zones.”  Those are special cities and communities that provide free college tuition for high school graduates. 


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A fight is brewing at the state Capitol over whether the Legislature should preempt local rules on expensive rental properties.  


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.


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The Michigan Civil Rights Commission is asking state Attorney General Bill Schuette for a formal ruling on whether it has the authority to extend housing and employment protections to gay, lesbian, and transgender people.  That’s after an attorney from his office torpedoed a proposal the commission was on the cusp of adopting. 


Bill Schuette
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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and state lawmakers are calling for an overhaul of how the property of recently deceased people is dealt with.


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The state Legislature has returned to work and upon arrival discovered they would not be alone.


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