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The ballot campaign to adopt a part-time Legislature amendment in Michigan decided to skip getting its petition approved by a state elections board.  The leader of the campaign, Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, says he’s comfortable fighting any challenges in court.


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State spending plans are moving swiftly through the legislature.  A number were voted on last week, many of them with deep cuts from what the governor asked for.  


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Top lawmakers in the state Legislature have reached a tentative agreement with Governor Rick Snyder about changes to the state’s teacher retirement system.


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A federal prosecutor recently revealed as many as 100 girls in Michigan may have been victims of female genital mutilation.  Now the state legislature is working quickly to pass bills to make it a 15-year felony in Michigan.


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There’s no end yet to the standoff between Governor Rick Snyder and the Legislature’s Republican leaders that’s delayed wrapping up the state budget.  But they are talking again. 


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State lawmakers say they will look into reports the Michigan agency that handles child abuse and neglect cases fudged its numbers to make it appear it was complying with a court order. 


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Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley is getting pushback for his big announcement earlier this week.  Calley says he’ll push for a ballot proposal that would make Michigan’s legislature part-time. 


Donations Rise While Legislation Passes

Jun 1, 2017
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Some businesses are set to get millions of dollars in tax incentives -- if Governor Snyder signs a package of bills.  Around the time those bills were going through the legislature, business groups were giving big political action committee donations to some key lawmakers.


Brian Calley
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The job of state lawmaker would be part-time under a ballot campaign launched today by Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley


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Controversial legislation surrounding license plate fundraising is on its way to Governor Rick Snyder’s desk.


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A showdown is brewing in Lansing over the fate of teacher retirements.  


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Controversial legislation on state regulatory rules is making its way through the legislature. 


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Two more petition campaigns were given the go-ahead Thursday by a state elections panel to start collecting signatures, including one to legalize recreational marijuana in Michigan. 


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Gun rights are up for debate in the state legislature again.


Food Conditions Still Issue In Michigan’s Prisons

May 12, 2017
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Michigan’s prisons are still plagued with food service problems.  That’s according to liberal watchdog group Progress Michigan


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Anytime a governmental unit authorizes lethal measures as a way to control animal population, there are those in the human population that get upset.  Such is the case of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources management plan for Mute Swans in Michigan.  On last week’s “Issues of the Environment,” David Fair discussed the state action plan with Holly Vaughn of the Michigan DNR.  This week, he talks with John Griffin, Director of Urban Wildlife at The Humane Society of the United States, for an alternative viewpoint.  


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Governor Rick Snyder says he’s against an effort in the Legislature to reverse the requirement that parents who don’t want to vaccinate their kids meet with a public health expert.


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After stops and starts, the state Legislature has adopted a bill to send $100 million to Flint to replace lead pipes.  The money is from the federal government, but had to be approved by state lawmakers.

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The state legislature is resurrecting legislation to end mandatory, unlimited medical benefits for car crash victims.  


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Wednesday was the annual Second Amendment March in Lansing.  Gun enthusiasts took to the Capitol for speeches and mass open-carrying of firearms. 


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The Michigan Legislature is considering more changes to the state criminal justice and corrections system.


Deal Made Over Macomb County Sinkhole Funding

Apr 26, 2017
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Macomb County will get money to work on a giant sinkhole. 


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Governor Rick Snyder says disagreements over tax cuts and spending priorities won’t get in the way of wrapping up the state budget in a little over a month.

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Governor Rick Snyder plans to take executive action on tougher standards for lead in drinking water in the face of foot-dragging by the Legislature.


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State lawmakers are back at the Capitol following their spring break.  One job facing them is ending a standoff over money to help Macomb County deal with a giant sinkhole. 


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