Michigan State Senate

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


Plastic Bags
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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. 


Karen Weaver
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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. 


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


Virgil Smith
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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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The state House has approved a bill meant to clarify a controversial new law limiting what local officials can say publicly about ballot questions. 

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State House Speaker Kevin Cotter says bankruptcy is still an option to help resolve Detroit Public Schools’ financial crisis. 


Bert Johnson
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Democrats are criticizing a new state House proposal to rescue Detroit Public Schools.


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Detroit parents, teachers, and school officials were in Lansing on Tuesday to speak out on bills meant to rescue Michigan’s largest district.


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


Free Water Flint Protest
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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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