Michigan Legislature

Food Conditions Still Issue In Michigan’s Prisons

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


Mute Swan
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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.  


Vaccine
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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.


Flint Water
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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.

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


Gun
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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. 


Gavel
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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
Sinkhole
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Macomb County will get money to work on a giant sinkhole. 


Dollar Bills
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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.

Rick Snyder
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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.


Michigan House of Representatives
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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. 


Laurie Avocado
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There’s a new office overseeing Michigan’s medical marijuana program. 

Town Hall
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Town hall conversations are taking place in Washtenaw County this week to give citizens a chance to interact with their elected officials.


Opioids
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Governor Rick Snyder says current efforts to curb opioid abuse and addiction in Michigan aren’t working as nearly 2,000 people a year in the state die from overdoses. 


Nurses Rally On Capitol For Safe Patient Care Act

Mar 23, 2017
Nursing
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Hundreds of nurses marched from the Lansing Center to the state Capitol Wednesday.  They want to urge the legislature to introduce a Safe Patient Care Act


Transparency
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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
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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.


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