Michigan State Senate

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Legislative hearings are underway on a plan to keep Detroit Public Schools (DPS) from going broke.  


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The Michigan Senate has adopted a $30 million emergency spending measure to help Flint residents with their water bills.  


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Legislation meant to stop teacher “sickout” protests is one step closer to becoming law. 


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Democrats in the state Legislature say lawmakers should get an opportunity to question people under oath about the Flint water crisis.


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The state House and Senate have unanimously approved an emergency spending bill to help Flint address its water crisis.  It now goes to Governor Rick Snyder’s desk.  


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A $28 million emergency funding bill for Flint could clear the state Senate today.  


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Republicans say a $28 million emergency appropriation for Flint should come with some accountability measures to make sure that money is spent wisely.


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Governor Rick Snyder is asking the Obama Administration to change its mind and declare a major disaster in Flint.  


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Michigan Democratic leaders say Governor Rick Snyder’s Flint apology during his State of the State speech is not enough.  

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State lawmakers and the public could get their first look today at legislation to overhaul the Detroit Public Schools


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State lawmakers could consider legislation meant to stop teacher “sickout” protests, like the ones that closed about 60 Detroit schools Monday. 


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It’s looking less likely that there will be a ballot question in November to overhaul Michigan’s medical marijuana system.  


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Governor Rick Snyder has signed a law that eliminates the choice of voting a straight-party ballot with a single mark on Election Day, despite the fact that the option has been upheld twice by voters. 


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Some Republicans in the state Senate want to throw out the road funding plan lawmakers passed in 2015 and replace it in 2016.


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2016 could bring major changes to the way Michigan treats marijuana.


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  Some Democrats in the state House say people shouldn’t be fired for having a medical marijuana card.  Jake Neher reports.


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The state Legislature has wrapped up its work for 2015 and lawmakers are setting their agendas for next year.  As Jake Neher reports, legislation to help turn around Detroit Public Schools will be a top priority.


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Legislation that would eliminate the straight-ticket voting option on Michigan ballots is headed to Governor Rick Snyder’s desk. Jake Neher reports.


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Bills giving big tax breaks to Michigan data centers are headed to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk.   Jake Neher has the story.

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The stalemate over road funding continues in the Michigan Legislature.  Jake Neher has the details.


Push for Part-Time State Legislature Begins

Jan 24, 2014

Campaign launches effort to make the state Legislature part-time

By Jake Neher

Michigan voters could see a question on the November ballot this year asking them to make the state Legislature part-time.

The Committee to Restore Michigan’s Part-Time Legislature has turned in petition language to the state Bureau of Elections.