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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. 


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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. 


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A teen was recently attacked in Muskegon County.  Officials say it was because he’s gay.  Now some prosecutors and lawmakers are calling on the legislature to expand the state’s hate crimes law


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The Michigan State Senate voted to allow those who obtain enhanced concealed pistol licenses to carry them in places that are normally considered no-gun zones, such as schools and churches.  The vote was 25-12.  89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry speaks with one of the Senators who voted no on the measure, Rebekah Warren.


Pro-Gun Bills Pass Michigan Senate Committee

Nov 8, 2017
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In the wake of another mass shooting, the state Legislature took up bills to expand the state’s concealed carry laws. 


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The state House voted Thursday night to get rid of Michigan’s Driver Responsibility Fee, but the bills could hit a roadblock in the state Senate. 


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Due to state-mandated term limits, Rebekah Warren's tenure in the Michigan State Senate is coming to the end.  But, she believes her work in Lansing is far from over.  WEMU's David Fair talks to Warren about her announcement to run for the Michigan House of Representatives.

Michigan Youth Challenge Academy
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Kids in Michigan might get a new way to keep their criminal records clean. 


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Michigan is on its way to tracking sexual assault kits.  The legislation is in response to major backlogs of sexual assault kit processing.


Promise-Zone Bills Headed To the Governor’s Desk

Oct 19, 2017
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The Michigan Legislature may create five new “Promise Zones.”  Those are special cities and communities that provide free college tuition for high school graduates. 


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Lawmakers in Lansing say they want a seamless transition as marijuana dispensaries start to get licensed. 


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Survivors of last year’s deadly bike crash near Kalamazoo testified Wednesday before a state Senate committee in support of safety legislation.


Another Auto Insurance Rollout In Lansing

Sep 27, 2017
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A bipartisan group in Michigan rolled out a new auto no-fault insurance overhaul plan Tuesday.


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Republicans in Lansing worked at a breakneck speed Tuesday to pass legislation that would allow politicians in Michigan to solicit campaign contributions on behalf of political action committees. 


Campaign Finance Bills Pass The Michigan Senate

Sep 15, 2017
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Michigan won’t limit how much money corporations and unions can spend to influence elections in the state – under legislation that’s cleared the state Senate. 

Michelle Deatrick
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In a press conference Thursday,  Washtenaw County Commissioner Michelle Deatrick announced her candidacy for the Michigan State Senate.  She seeks to take State Senator Rebekah Warren's 18th District seat, who cannot run again due to term limits.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks to Deatrick about her campaign.


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Michigan would generate 50% of its electricity from clean, renewable sources by 2035 and greatly reduce energy waste under legislation under consideration in Lansing.  The package of bills aims to reduce energy costs, create jobs and build upon recently enacted energy laws.  In this month’s edition on “1st Friday Focus on the Environment,” WEMU’s David Fair discusses the issues with the Government Affairs Director for the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, Charlotte Jameson and with 52nd District State Representative Donna Lasinski (D-Scio Township), who is a co-sponsor of the house bills. 


Fill the Boot
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A ruling that outraged charities in Michigan could be overturned.  The state Senate has passed a bill to bring back roadside donation collections. 


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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.


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


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. 


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If you want to take your favorite dog out to eat with you, you might soon be in luck. 


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A portion of the state Senate budget is getting pushback from the Michigan Crime Victims Services Commission


Michigan House of Representatives
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Controversial legislation on state regulatory rules is making its way through the legislature. 


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State lawmakers are quickly pushing through female genital mutilation legislation.  About two weeks ago, a Senate committee passed legislation that would make performing female genital mutilation a fifteen year felony.


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