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Lawmakers in Lansing have been working on legislation in response to the Larry Nassar case.  And while they’re at it, some say they might want to clarify who counts as a victim when it comes to giving impact statements at a defendant’s sentencing.


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Bills to address campus sexual misconduct have stalled in the state Senate.


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The Michigan Department of Corrections defended its plans to change how it feeds prisoners.  Department officials testified Wednesday in front of a Senate committee.  The state wants to end its use of private vendors for food services.


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Roads, flood damage repairs, and an investigation could get money sent their way soon.  The Legislature has sent a spending bill to the governor’s desk.


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Moms and other activists against gun violence gathered at the state Capitol Wednesday, and the participants want to reach as many lawmakers as possible.


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Ideas are floating around Lansing about how to make the state’s schools safer from gun violence.  There are several proposals in the works.


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Survivors of former MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar joined with lawmakers Monday to rollout new legislation.  Nassar was recently convicted of multiple cases of sexual assault.  The legislation is aimed at curbing sexual misconduct.


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A bipartisan group of state lawmakers will roll out bills today designed to combat sexual misconduct on college campuses.  It’s part of the Legislature’s initial response to issues at Michigan State University.


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High schoolers, lawmakers, and concerned citizens held a rally at the state Capitol Thursday for changes to the state’s gun laws.


Interim Michigan State University President John Engler has instructed school employees to cooperate with investigations into campus sexual misconduct.  Michigan’s former governor began his first full day on the job as convicted MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced for sexually abusing patients. 


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Governor Rick Snyder wants to increase the cost of dumping waste in the state’s landfills.  This is part of the governor’s proposal to improve Michigan’s environment.


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The state House has adopted legislation to allow Michigan taxpayers to continue to claim the personal income tax exemption.  The bill is supposed to make sure Michiganders don’t pay more as a result of the new federal tax law.


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Governor Rick Snyder delivered his final State of the State address on Tuesday night.  WEMU's David Fair caught up with State Senator Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor) to get her thoughts on the governor's speech and what the year ahead may bring. 


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Governor Rick Snyder wants to spend more on Michigan students.  The governor made the announcement during his State of the State address last night.


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Governor Rick Snyder called for fiscal responsibility during his final State of the State address.  This could clash with the priorities of the state lawmakers.


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Governor Rick Snyder declared victory over the state’s economic hardships in his eighth and final State of the State address.  The governor, last night, said choices made over the last seven years leave room now for more investment in schools and infrastructure.  But it’s not clear that he can win support for his plans in the Legislature


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A new campaign wants to put a voters’ bill of rights into the state constitution.  Backers plan to launch a petition drive to place the question on the November ballot.


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A new report says it costs at least $9,600 to properly educate a student in Michigan’s public schools.  The goal of the study is to force a conversation on overhauling school funding. 


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The state Legislature went over the governor’s head Wednesday.  It approved a veto override – something that hasn’t happened in Michigan since 2002.


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The Legislature is once again at odds with the governor.  This time, it’s over what to do about the new federal tax law.


Michigan House of Representatives
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Sexual harassment by public officials is one of the topics lawmakers are looking to tackle this term. 


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The state got an idea Thursday of how much money it could have for the next couple of years. 


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The Legislature is back in session for 2018, and an early priority is dealing with taxes.  Talks are underway to figure out how to make sure the federal tax overhaul doesn’t cause a spike in state income taxes.


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Prevailing wage will likely be a hot topic in Lansing this year.  That’s the state law that requires workers get paid union-rate wages for state construction projects.


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The state Legislature returns this week.  One committee is set to see a lot of action.


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