Michigan Legislature

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.   


Detroit Public Schools Logo
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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.


Orlando Shootings
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Vigils around Michigan last night marked the mass shootings at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. 

Michigan State Capitol
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The state Legislature has adopted a Republican-only bailout plan for the Detroit Public Schools without the support of Democrats or Detroit lawmakers. 


MILegalize
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The state Elections Bureau says the petition drive to legalize marijuana in Michigan has failed to gather enough signatures needed to qualify for the ballot. 


Kym Worthy
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Wayne County’s prosecutor says her office is drafting legislation to outlaw keeping an unsecured, loaded weapon in a home with children.


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Poor air quality in regions of our state contributes to chronic health problems including asthma, COPD, some cancers, and more. In this month's edition of WEMU's 1st Friday Focus on the Environment, Lisa Wozniak discusses the impact of air pollution on our communities with State Rep. Stephanie Chang and what it would take to move our state forward with environmental justice.I

Plastic Bags
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The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has approved an ordinance that will impose a fee for customers who request bags at some local stores. 


Michigan State House of Representatives
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There’s less money than expected for Governor Rick Snyder and the Legislature to put together the next state budget.  There’s also a shortfall in the current fiscal year.  


FOIA
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An effort to expand Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act could move forward this week in the state legislature.   


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Michigan state legislators approved a bill that will create a system similar to the Amber Alert set-up that will inform residents when there is an active shooter.  What does this mean for Washtenaw County?


Capitol Hill
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Michigan health and environmental department chiefs went before Congress yesterday to explain the state’s response to the Flint water crisis to members of Congress.  


Michigan State Capitol
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The Legislature returns to Lansing this week following a two-week spring break.  Big issues facing lawmakers include the Flint water crisis and a Detroit Public Schools bailout. 


Michigan Supreme Court
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The Michigan Supreme Court has heard arguments in a case that could set some parameters on state-appointed emergency managers’ authority to change public employee contracts. 


Virgil Smith
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State Senator Virgil Smith has submitted his resignation from the Legislature as he begins a 10-month jail sentence


Flint Water
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A legislative committee went to Flint yesterday to hear from local officials and residents about the city’s water crisis


Jeremy Moss
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There’s major bipartisan support for new bills that would open the governor and the Legislature to public information requests. 

Jim Stamas
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The state Legislature will kick off hearings on the Flint water crisis next week.


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The new emergency manager of Detroit Public Schools says time is running out for lawmakers to approve a bailout.  


Michigan State House of Representatives
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The Michigan Legislature has three new members after special elections Tuesday.


Rick Snyder
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

A state elections board has approved one petition that seeks to recall Governor Rick Snyder, but rejected several others.


Michigan National Guard Delivery
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The state House and Senate have unanimously approved an emergency spending bill to help Flint address its water crisis.  It now goes to Governor Rick Snyder’s desk.  


Jeremy Moss
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A bipartisan group of state lawmakers hopes to send privacy protection legislation to Governor Rick Snyder’s desk this year.  


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