Michigan State Senate

Flint Water
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After stops and starts, the state Legislature has adopted a bill to send $100 million to Flint to replace lead pipes.  The money is from the federal government, but had to be approved by state lawmakers.

Bert Johnson
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A raid on State Senator Bert Johnson’s home and Lansing office has culminated in a federal indictment.  A grand jury returned charges of theft and conspiracy against the Detroit-area senator. 


Money
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A campaign committee controlled by Republican leaders is facing fines and questions over how it lost track of many thousands of dollars during the last election. 


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The state House and Senate are playing volleyball with money to fix a sinkhole in Macomb County.


More Business Breaks Headed For State House

Mar 30, 2017
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Another tax incentive for Michigan businesses passed the state Senate Wednesday and is on its way to the House.


Photo provided by: Alma Wheeler Smith

Washtenaw County resident and politician Alma Wheeler-Smith has dedicated most of her life to helping others.  She has served the community in many roles:  school board member, county commissioner, state representative and state senator. Wheeler-Smith even declared candidacy for governor in 2010, but decided to end the campaign to prevent a split, progressive  vote in the Democratic primary.  WEMU’s Jorge Avellan made occasion to meet with Alma Wheeler-Smith at the county administration building in Ann Arbor. 


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A state Senator is involved in a joint investigation with the FBI and Michigan State Police


Police Car
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Legislation meant to improve law enforcement hiring practices made it through the state Senate Thursday.


Flint Water
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Federal money to upgrade water systems is on a fast track toward Flint.  The state House has agreed to spend $100 million dollars from the EPA and kick in another $20 million from the state. 


Freedom of Information Act
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Transparency in state government was up for a vote Thursday in Lansing.  The state House approved a package of bills that would open up the governor’s office and the legislature to freedom of information requests.


FOIA
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A battle is brewing in the state legislature over government transparency for the governor and legislature.


Criminal Justice Bills Headed For Snyder’s Desk

Mar 10, 2017
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Michigan is on its way toward sweeping changes in its criminal justice system.  The State House passed a large package of legislation Wednesday. 


Lansing Democrats Introduce Paid Sick Leave Bills

Mar 2, 2017
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Democrats in Lansing and President Donald Trump may have finally found an issue they can agree on – paid sick leave. 


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There’s renewed interest in criminal justice reform in Lansing.


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There won’t be an income tax cut anytime soon in Michigan. 

Brownfield
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Legislation that would give companies building on blighted and undesirable land a tax break is swiftly making its way through the Senate.  But it could be headed for a roadblock.  


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There could soon be tighter restrictions on the public’s access to information in bids for state business. 


Prison
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The state Senate has adopted a criminal justice overhaul that aims to improve public safety by sending fewer people to prison. 


Classroom
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Lawmakers are considering a repeal of a law that allows the state to shut down low-performing schools. 


Rebekah Warren
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Two proposalsaimed at eliminating Michigan's income tax have come before the state Legislature. WEMU's David Fair speaks to state Senator Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor) about her thoughts on these proposals.


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The Ann Arbor Solar Club is a cooperative effort aimed at adding 500 new solar installations throughout Washtenaw County this year and in each ensuing year.  In this week's “Issues of the Environment,” WEMU's David Fair talks with Nate Geisler, an Energy Programs Analyst with the city of Ann Arbor, about the initiative. 


Michigan Senators Tackle Voting Reform

Jan 25, 2017
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Michigan lawmakers seem to be making voting laws a priority.  Lawmakers in both chambers have now introduced legislation they say will make voting easier. 


Prison
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Michigan Senators are making a big push for prison and parole reform this year. 


Speed Limit
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Some rural freeways and highways in Michigan might see a speed limit increase.  That’s if Governor Rick Snyder signs a package of bills headed for his desk.


Wolf
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Wolf hunting is back on the agenda for Michigan’s legislature.  The Senate passed a bill Thursday that would legalize wolf hunting in Michigan, if the animal is taken off the federal endangered species list


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