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It’s Sunshine Week – a time of year when issues of transparency and open government are put front and center.


Smart Meters Scheduled For Vote This Week

Mar 13, 2017
Smart Meter
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Utilities shouldn’t be able to penalize customers for keeping old versions of their meters.  That’s the intent of legislation in Lansing up for committee vote this week.


Rick Snyder
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Governor Rick Snyder will create a commission this week that has the mission of tackling the problem of lead exposure.  A top administration official says the governor will also ask the Legislature to pass a law to make the commission permanent until the problem is solved.


Gun
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A group of gun control advocates was at the state Capitol to lobby against a proposal to allow people to carry concealed weapons without a permit. 


Abandoned Industrial Site
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The state is close to running out of money to clean thousands of abandoned, polluted properties all across Michigan.


Ballot Box
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Lawmakers in Lansing are trying to put new restrictions on who can run in special elections.  


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


Michigan School Reform Office
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

As the state School Reform Office moves closer to potentially closing multiple schools across Michigan, a bill ending the law is being hotly debated in the Legislature.


Rick Snyder
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Governor Rick Snyder’s proposed budget calls for saving and spending, but no new tax cuts to appease Republicans in the Legislature


Brian Banks
Michigan House Democrats / housedems.com

A state lawmaker has quit his job and agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor as part of a plea deal.  This creates the first vacancy of this session of the Legislature.


Feminine Hygiene
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The so-called “tampon tax” has got to go.  That’s the message of lawmakers in both chambers of the state Legislature. 


Michigan House of Representatives
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Michigan and Louisiana are the only two states that don’t apply their public records laws to the legislature and the governor’s office.  A bipartisan group of Michigan lawmakers have rolled out bills to change that. 


Rebekah Warren
Michigan State Senate / senatedems.com

Two proposalsaimed at eliminating Michigan's income tax have come before the state Legislature. WEMU's David Fair speaks to state Senator Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor) about her thoughts on these proposals.


Michigan House of Representatives
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It’s looking like “prevailing wage” will be an issue in the Legislature’s new session.  It deals with pay rates for construction workers on publicly funded projects.  And, it’s an issue that divides Governor Rick Snyder and the Legislature’s Republican leaders. 


Jeff Irwin
Michigan House of Representatives / housedems.com

The legislative session in Lansing came to an end this year with a flurry.  Numerous bills were passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature and sent to Governor Rick Snyder to be signed into law.  For some, it marks an end to time in office, but it also doesn't necessarily mean goodbye.


Coal
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A major rewrite of Michigan’s energy policy is on its way to Governor Rick Snyder


Wolf
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Another attempt to allow wolf hunting in the Upper Peninsula is on its way to Governor Rick Snyder.  


Michigan Capitol
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Schools might get more freedom in how they discipline students in the future.  Legislation that would alter Michigan’s zero-tolerance policy in schools is headed to Governor Rick Snyder’s desk.


Speed Limit
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Some rural freeways and highways in Michigan might see a speed limit increase.  That’s if Governor Rick Snyder signs a package of bills headed for his desk.


Plastic Bags
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Legislation that would prevent cities from passing plastic bag and container taxes is on its way to Governor Rick Snyder’s desk.


Wolf
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Wolf hunting is back on the agenda for Michigan’s legislature.  The Senate passed a bill Thursday that would legalize wolf hunting in Michigan, if the animal is taken off the federal endangered species list


Voter Identification Bills Pass Through House

Dec 8, 2016
Voter ID
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Bills creating stricter voter identification laws are quickly making their way through the Legislature.  


Michigan House of Representatives
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Legislators worked late into the evening Wednesday as the end of this session draws closer.


Cheyna Roth / MPRN

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


Police Car
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Municipal employees are planning to head to the Capitol today.  Lawmakers will hold a hearing on controversial legislation affecting municipal retirement health benefits.


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