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Washtenaw County's "eco-fee" for using plastic or paper bags from retail grocery stores is scheduled to go into effect on Earth Day in 2017. In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Washtenaw County solid waste specialist Noelle Bowman about the new ordinance and whether state lawmakers will actually allow for its implementation. 


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The State of Michigan's 2017 fiscal year budget brings good news for one of Eastern Michigan University's projects.  


    

Police in Michigan would be allowed to send cell phone alerts to warn the public of mass shooting incidents under a package of legislation sent to Governor Rick Snyder.  

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The state Senate has approved a 20-bill criminal justice overhaul package designed to save taxpayers' money by keeping more prisoners from reoffending. 

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The state Legislature has adopted a Republican-only bailout plan for the Detroit Public Schools without the support of Democrats or Detroit lawmakers. 


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Legislation up for a vote in the state Senate today would compensate people who are exonerated for the time they were wrongfully imprisoned. 


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The state Senate could vote this week on a Detroit Public Schools bailout plan, even though it’s a departure from the bipartisan compromise already adopted by the chamber.  


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Washtenaw County is planning to regulate the use of single use, plastic bags.  However, the Michigan State Legislature has slowed the process of passing this measure.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's Patrick Campion speaks with Washtenaw County Commissioner Yousef Rabhi about the controversy surrounding the proposed ordinance.

  Editor's note: Wednesday evening, the Washtenaw County commissioners  voted 6-2 to approve a new carryout bag ordinance that would put a 10-cent "tax" on customers for every single use (paper or plastic) bag they receive at stores in Washtenaw county. Stay tuned for follow-up discussion on the issue.

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A public hearing will be held tonight at the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners meeting regarding a plastic bag ordinance.


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Local efforts to address the environmental concerns of plastic bag use in Washtenaw County just took a giant step backwards in Lansing.


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The legislative committee looking into the Flint water crisis wrapped up hearings Tuesday without hearing from Governor Rick Snyder, his senior aides, or former emergency managers who were in charge of the city at the outset of the debacle.


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The state Legislature re-convenes this week to hash out a solution to the Detroit schools’ looming financial collapse.  


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A controversial GOP plan to overhaul Detroit’s schools has landed in the state Senate and is getting a skeptical reception. 


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Flint Mayor Karen Weaver will return to Lansing for a second day today to meet with legislative leaders.


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The Michigan House Elections Committee has passed legislation to change how much time petition organizers have to gather voter signatures.

 

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Two prisons would close under a plan adopted by a state Senate budget subcommittee


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State Senator Virgil Smith has submitted his resignation from the Legislature as he begins a 10-month jail sentence


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The state Senate has adopted legislation that would allow schools to hold back some third graders who are not proficient at reading.  


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The state Senate has approved a more-than $700 million plan for a financial bailout of the Detroit school system. 


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The state House has approved $50 million in emergency spending to keep Detroit Public Schools open through the school year.   


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The state Senate could expel Senator Virgil Smith if he does not resign. 

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A bill making it harder to put issues on the statewide ballot has cleared the state Senate on a party-line vote.


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The Michigan Legislature has three new members after special elections Tuesday.


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Bills to ease penalties for minors who are caught with alcohol have cleared the state Senate. 

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State lawmakers have created a joint House and Senate committee to look into the Flint water crisis.  


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