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A couple hundred volunteers showed up at the state Bureau of Elections Monday.  They dropped off petitions to get a redistricting overhaul on the November ballot.  


Marijuana
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The state starts accepting applications today for medical marijuana licenses. 


Legislature Backtracks On Detroit Veterans’ Home

Dec 15, 2017
Michigan Capitol
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A new veterans’ home may not go in Detroit as originally planned. 


William Strampel
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A medical school dean who supervised a Michigan State University sports doctor convicted of sexually abusing patients is stepping down. 


Opioid Bills Head To Governor Snyder's Desk

Dec 14, 2017
Opioid
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Legislation aimed at curbing the state’s opioid crisis is on its way to the governor.


Water
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Money might be on the way to help fight perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, in Michigan. 


Michigan State Senate
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Democratic lawmakers are trying once again to repeal the state’s “Right to Work” law.  Five years ago, a Republican-led Legislature made Right to Work the law of the state.  It prohibits contracts that make union membership a condition of employment. 


Retirement
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The Legislature has sent Governor Rick Snyder a set of local retirement bills that passed by wide margins once they were stripped of controversial provisions. 


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A union-led petition drive is launching today to protect the state’s prevailing wage law from a different petition drive.  This could lead to dueling ballot questions next November.


Straits of Mackinac
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Members of a pipeline advisory board are criticizing a deal Governor Snyder struck with the energy company, Enbridge.  They are calling for the line to be temporarily shut down.


Tom Leonard
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State House Speaker Tom Leonard says it’s time for Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon to step down.  It’s part of the growing chorus of criticism of how MSU has handled a sex assault scandal.


Mackinac Bridge
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Enbridge Energy will be on the hot seat when the Michigan pipeline safety board meets today in Lansing.  The Canadian company will be asked to explain how it’s ensuring the oil pipeline Line Five is safe.


Prisons
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Michigan has a growing number of inmates who are elderly, terminally ill, or otherwise medically frail.  There is an effort underway to allow many of those felons to be released. 


John Conyers
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The resignation of Congressman John Conyers will leave the seat vacant until it is filled by a special election. 

Cannabis
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The state has unveiled its interim rules for people who want to apply for a license to grow, transport, and sell medical marijuana.  These rules will launch the first phase of a state-approved marijuana industry. 


Michigan Capitol
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Local governments and police and firefighter unions are keeping a close eye on hearings to begin this week at the state Capitol.  GOP leaders are proposing more aggressive state oversight of local retirement funds. 


Retirement
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It looks like the Legislature will spend much of December fighting over an overhaul of how the state oversees local retirement funds. 


Fire truck
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Hundreds of police officers and firefighters converged Wednesday on the state Capitol.  They rallied to protect retirement benefits.


Brian Calley
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Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley surprised no one when he announced Tuesday he would seek the Republican nomination for governor and try to become the first Number Two in Michigan’s executive office in a half-century to ascend to Number One.


Guns
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When the state Legislature returns its holiday break, it’ll have a list of things to try and get done before the end of the year.  One item could be controversial gun bills. 


Michigan State Police
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As you do your holiday driving, Michigan State Police want you to remember the state’s so-called “move over law.”


Marijuana
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The state plans to release the official rules to get a license to grow, sell, or transport medical marijuana next week. 


John Conyers
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The pressure is building on Congressman John Conyers as Michigan Democrats joined the call for a House Ethics Committee investigation.  The committee announced it will look into allegations of sexual harassment and using taxpayer money to cover it up.


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Michigan is one big step closer to voting on marijuana legalization.  An initiative turned in its signatures to get on the 2018 ballot Monday.


Money
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A downturn in the economy would quickly drain the state’s “rainy day” savings.  That’s the determination of an independent analysis.


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