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


Bicycle
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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
LGBT Flag
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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. 


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


Michigan Senate
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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. 


Michigan State Senate
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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.


Corrections Budget Battle Heats Up In Lansing

May 16, 2017
Prison
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Some state lawmakers and the Michigan Department of Corrections are battling it out over how much the state should spend on its prisons.  


Abandoned Factory
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Big business investors are waiting on Governor Rick Snyder to give them a break.  A tax break that is – to build on blighted land. 


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Lawmakers are moving fast to ramp up prison time for female genital mutilation. 


Michigan State Senate
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A state Senate committee holds a hearing today on bills to outlaw female genital mutilation in Michigan.  It’s already a federal crime with a penalty of up to five years in prison.  The bill’s sponsors say that’s not tough enough.  A lot of experts say a tougher law may not be enough to deter an entrenched cultural and religious practice.     


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
Michigan House of Representatives
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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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