Michigan Legislature

Classroom
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Teacher retirement changes are charging through the legislature.  A Senate committee held a meeting on the legislation today Wednesday.


Lead Test
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Every infant and toddler in Michigan should be tested for lead.  That’s one of the recommendations of a state task force looking for ways to eliminate childhood lead poisoning. 


Michigan
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Michigan’s state flag might be getting a new design. 

Rick Snyder
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Governor Rick Snyder took his veto pen to a plan adopted by the Legislature to change how the state raises money for the Medicaid program


Flint Water
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An Ingham County Circuit court denied a Flint resident’s request for an investigation into Governor Rick Snyder Tuesday.


Michigan State Capitol
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Governor Rick Snyder faces a decision soon on whether to sign or veto a bill he doesn’t like.  It deals with how the state raises money for Medicaid. 


Michigan State Senate
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Two bills to help Flint recover from the water crisis are making their way through the legislature.  Both bills passed through the Senate Thursday with a near-unanimous vote.  


Flint Water
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Lawmakers have come up with what they are calling an action plan for Flint. 


Water Faucet
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The Legislature is going to work on toughening standards for lead in drinking water, although finishing the job may have to wait until next year.


Fracking
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The campaign to outlaw fracking in Michigan is asking the state Court of Appeals to strike down a 180-day time limit on collecting petition signatures to put a question on the ballot. 


Lawsuits Surrounding The Flint Water Crisis Pile Up

Oct 13, 2016
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A new case accuses Governor Rick Snyder of wrongfully using tax dollars to fund his criminal defense related to the Flint water crisis.  


Fire Truck
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Some Democrats in the Legislature say a state health care fund for firefighters and other first responders should cover breast cancer treatments. 


Michigan Supreme Court
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A plan will go ahead to let private and religious schools get taxpayer money for health and safety programs mandated by the state.  That’s after the Michigan Supreme Court declined to weigh in on the issue.


Rick Snyder
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Governor Rick Snyder’s administration and Republicans in the Legislature are at odds over how to pay for the Medicaid program.


Cannabis
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There will be new rules soon in Michigan governing how medical marijuana is grown, shared, and sold. 

Bill Schuette
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A legal drama over Michigan’s November election ballot could land next on the steps of the United States Supreme Court.  A federal appeals court has denied Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s request for a review of the straight-ticket voting controversy.  


Straight ticket voting
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State Republican leaders were hoping to hear yesterday whether a federal appeals court would review Michigan’s ban on straight-ticket voting


6th Circuit Court of Appeals
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A federal appeals court took aim Thursday at Michigan’s sex offender registry law.  The court ruled on a narrow legal issue but suggested the law may be unconstitutional.


Heidi Grether
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Governor Rick Snyder has taken hits for naming an oil company lobbyist to run the state’s environmental protection department

Classroom
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Michigan schools need to spend more money helping students with special needs.  That’s the finding of a study commissioned by the state Legislature in 2015.  


Child Reading
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A state panel will be named soon to look into improving Michigan’s dismal literacy rate.  Governor Rick Snyder signed an executive order Wednesday creating the new PreK-12 Literacy Commission. 


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


Bill Schuette
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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is the state’s top attorney, but says he won’t be Governor Rick Snyder’s lawyer if he pursues a particular appeal.   


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Governor Rick Snyder has signed a $617 million dollar bailout of the Detroit Public Schools – which he says represents a fresh start for the financially and academically struggling district.


MI Legalize
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The campaign trying to legalize marijuana in Michigan has filed a lawsuit challenging the state's six-month time limit to gather petition signatures.


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