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Michigan State Senate Moves School Safety Bills

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State lawmakers want schools and law enforcement to partner up when it comes to school safety.  State Senate committees passed several bills Tuesday aimed at encouraging that relationship.


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Marijuana-infused beer, wine, and spirits would be outlawed under a bill adopted by the State Senate.  The Senate vote took place with an eye toward the November ballot.


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Victims of certain crimes in Michigan could become harder to track down – and advocates say that’s for their own safety.  Legislation that passed the state Senate would let victims keep their addresses confidential.


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Legislation to lengthen the amount of time victims of sexual assault have to file complaints continues to get pushback.  The bills are part of a response to former Michigan State University sports doctor Larry Nassar.  He sexually assaulted his patients for years.


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State senators sparred on the chamber floor Thursday.  The issue stems from one senator’s comments about the Muslim Brotherhood.


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Hearings have begun in the Legislature on plans to improve school security.  It’s part of the state’s response to shooting incidents around the country. 


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State lawmakers continued to push work requirements for Medicaid recipients through the Legislature.  The bill was voted out of committee Wednesday, and it passed a full Senate vote the next day.


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Sterilization is one of methods the City of Ann Arbor uses to help control the urban deer population. That could change.  The Michigan House of Representatives has approved a bill that could impact the city's deer management program.  


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A state Senate committee debated the merits of making people work for their Medicaid benefits.  The committee passed that bill Wednesday.


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Michigan universities might have to report all campus sexual assaults to their governing boards.


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The state House has approved a bill to require vehicles to keep a distance of at least three feet when passing bicyclists. 


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You might soon be able to register to vote from the comfort of your home.  Lawmakers in the state Senate passed a bill Thursday for online voter registration.


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The state Senate passed legislation sponsors say will increase the rights of victims of sexual assault.


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Bills to address campus sexual misconduct have stalled in the state Senate.


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An effective food system in the state’s prisons should go beyond just feeding prisoners.  That’s the message of some lawmakers in the state Senate.


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The state House has adopted bills that would allow prisoners in advanced stages of illness, including cancer and dementia to be paroled for medical reasons.


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The Michigan Department of Corrections defended its plans to change how it feeds prisoners.  Department officials testified Wednesday in front of a Senate committee.  The state wants to end its use of private vendors for food services.


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Roads, flood damage repairs, and an investigation could get money sent their way soon.  The Legislature has sent a spending bill to the governor’s desk.


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Last month, the Michigan Senate passed legislation that would lead to more oversight for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.  The devil ,as they say, is in the details. IS it actually going to strengthen environmental protections?  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan State Senator Rebekah Warren about her thoughts on the bills that are now before the State House of Representatives. 


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Bills to lift time limits to file sex assault lawsuits have cleared a state Senate committee.  It’s part of the state’s response to the Larry Nassar scandal and the issue of sexual misconduct on college campuses.


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Governor Rick Snyder kicked off his week of daily announcements Monday with a focus on broadband internet access.  During the State of the State, Snyder said he would make a new announcement about infrastructure and the environment every day this week.


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The state Legislature went over the governor’s head Wednesday.  It approved a veto override – something that hasn’t happened in Michigan since 2002.


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As the year comes to a close and holiday vacations get underway, state lawmakers have already wrapped up for the year.

89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry spoke to a local state senator looking back and looking ahead for the New Year.


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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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