Michigan Legislature

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
Flint Water
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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.   


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.  


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