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Teacher retirement changes are charging through the legislature.  A Senate committee held a meeting on the legislation today Wednesday.


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Lawmakers could be making changes to Governor Rick Snyder’s mission to scale back the use of tax incentives to attract jobs and investment.  Two packages of bills offering incentives to businesses passed in the Senate Tuesday.


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Republicans have hung onto their majority in the state House.  Meanwhile, Democrats are planning a change of leadership for next year. 


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Lawmakers will be moving forward on possible changes to Michigan’s energy policy.  


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Two bills to help Flint recover from the water crisis are making their way through the legislature.  Both bills passed through the Senate Thursday with a near-unanimous vote.  


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Third graders who fail the state’s reading test might not be able to graduate to fourth grade.  That’s if Governor Rick Snyder signs a bill that is headed his way.  


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Lawmakers need to be more transparent.  That was the message sent by the House today when it approved bills to expand Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).  


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Flint could name its own experts to oversee the response to the city’s drinking water crisis under a bill just sent to the state Senate floor. 


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State lawmakers want to make sure your city won’t tax or ban plastic grocery and retail bags.


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Medical marijuana clinics in Michigan would have to be licensed and pay sales taxes under bills adopted by the state Senate


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A Republican state lawmaker says police officers who are guilty of misconduct should not be allowed to resign and hide their records from future employers. 


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Legislation to make attacks on LGBT people a hate crime in Michigan was rolled out Wednesday with the support of at least two Republican state lawmakers. 


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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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