Michigan Legislature

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.  


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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?


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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. 


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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. 


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


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


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

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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.  


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The Michigan Legislature has three new members after special elections Tuesday.


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


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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.  


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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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Governor Rick Snyder devoted most of his State of the State speech Tuesday night to the Flint water crisis. Rick Pluta has a report on address and the governor's plan. 


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Hundreds of demonstrators marched on the state Capitol yesterday to protest Governor Rick Snyder’s handling of the Flint water crisis.  


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It’s looking less likely that there will be a ballot question in November to overhaul Michigan’s medical marijuana system.  


Flint
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Governor Rick Snyder and Flint Mayor Karen Weaver huddled in his office to discuss the city’s water crisis, and the state’s role in solving a problem it helped create.


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Governor Rick Snyder has signed a controversial elections bill, but he has called for a fix to clear up some confusion in the new law. 


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A proposed tax hike aimed at improving Michigan's transportation infrastructure and schools is heading to voters. 

          

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State Senate approves increasing penalties for coercing abortion

Coercing someone to have an abortion would carry tougher penalties under bills approved by the state Senate on Thursday. The crime could result in criminal penalties under Senate Bills 1156 and 1157.

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State Legislature getting ready to hammer out compromise on road funding

The state Legislature is taking steps to hammer out a road funding compromise in the final days of its 2014 session.

The House and Senate passed plans that are drastically different. The Senate approved legislation that would essentially double the state's gas tax to pay for road improvements. The House plan would divert revenues from schools and local governments and would not raise any taxes.

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Film credit extension heads to Gov. Snyder's desk

Gov. Rick Snyder will decide whether to extend Michigan's film credit program through 2021.

The incentives are currently set to expire in 2017. The state Senate gave final legislative approval to the extension Tuesday morning with bipartisan support.

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Ban on student athlete unions clears state House

Student athletes at Michigan's public universities would be banned from unionizing under a bill approved by the state House on Tuesday. House Bill 6074 passed on a party-line vote.

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