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The board overseeing the state’s new medical marijuana program meets for the first time today. 


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The ballot campaign to adopt a part-time Legislature amendment in Michigan decided to skip getting its petition approved by a state elections board.  The leader of the campaign, Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, says he’s comfortable fighting any challenges in court.


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The state of Michigan has scrapped a risk study on Enbridge’s Line 5 and fired the contractor just a week before a first draft of the report was to be released.


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New teachers will get different retirement options than current school employees under a bill sent to Governor Rick Snyder.


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Political intrigue is being blamed for the collapse of a deal for the state to offer big tax breaks to employers who bring a lot of jobs to Michigan.


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Enbridge Energy says pressure tests on two sections of Line 5 that runs under the Straits of Mackinac show the pipeline is well-maintained and does not pose a threat to the Great Lakes.

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State spending plans are moving swiftly through the legislature.  A number were voted on last week, many of them with deep cuts from what the governor asked for.  


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Top lawmakers in the state Legislature have reached a tentative agreement with Governor Rick Snyder about changes to the state’s teacher retirement system.


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An advocacy group for kids says a court-ordered report shows Michigan has a long way to go before it can guarantee the safety and welfare of children in foster care. 


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A federal prosecutor recently revealed as many as 100 girls in Michigan may have been victims of female genital mutilation.  Now the state legislature is working quickly to pass bills to make it a 15-year felony in Michigan.


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Controversial gun legislation was up for a vote in the state House Wednesday. 


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Colleges are allowed to ban guns on their campuses. 


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There’s no end yet to the standoff between Governor Rick Snyder and the Legislature’s Republican leaders that’s delayed wrapping up the state budget.  But they are talking again. 


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A state House committee has adopted bills that would require local officials to help enforce federal immigration laws. 


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State lawmakers say they will look into reports the Michigan agency that handles child abuse and neglect cases fudged its numbers to make it appear it was complying with a court order. 


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State officials and health care providers called on Washington lawmakers to keep the state’s Medicaid expansion Monday.


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Governor Rick Snyder is pushing for quick approval of a controversial tax break to help lure large employers to the state. 


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Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley is getting pushback for his big announcement earlier this week.  Calley says he’ll push for a ballot proposal that would make Michigan’s legislature part-time. 


Brian Calley
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Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley is raising his profile ahead of an anticipated run for governor next year. 


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Michigan’s congressional delegation is getting ready to fight for a big piece of federal spending on infrastructure.  They want roughly a billion dollars to upgrade the shipping lanes of the Soo Locks.


Donations Rise While Legislation Passes

Jun 1, 2017
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Some businesses are set to get millions of dollars in tax incentives -- if Governor Snyder signs a package of bills.  Around the time those bills were going through the legislature, business groups were giving big political action committee donations to some key lawmakers.


Rick Snyder
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Governor Rick Snyder spoke out against a toxic political culture that he says it’s getting in the way of practical problem-solving.

Bill Schuette
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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says his office is treating cases of fatal drug overdoses as murder investigations.

Michigan Democrats Call For LGBTQ Protections

May 31, 2017
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Lawmakers in the state House and Senate are once again calling for more legal protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. 


Brian Calley
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The job of state lawmaker would be part-time under a ballot campaign launched today by Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley


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