Michigan State Senate

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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.


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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
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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. 


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


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A portion of the state Senate budget is getting pushback from the Michigan Crime Victims Services Commission


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Controversial legislation on state regulatory rules is making its way through the legislature. 


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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
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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.  


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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. 


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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.     


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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.

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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. 


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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
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Another tax incentive for Michigan businesses passed the state Senate Wednesday and is on its way to the House.


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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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A state Senator is involved in a joint investigation with the FBI and Michigan State Police


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Legislation meant to improve law enforcement hiring practices made it through the state Senate Thursday.


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Federal money to upgrade water systems is on a fast track toward Flint.  The state House has agreed to spend $100 million dollars from the EPA and kick in another $20 million from the state. 


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Transparency in state government was up for a vote Thursday in Lansing.  The state House approved a package of bills that would open up the governor’s office and the legislature to freedom of information requests.


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A battle is brewing in the state legislature over government transparency for the governor and legislature.


Criminal Justice Bills Headed For Snyder’s Desk

Mar 10, 2017
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Michigan is on its way toward sweeping changes in its criminal justice system.  The State House passed a large package of legislation Wednesday. 


Lansing Democrats Introduce Paid Sick Leave Bills

Mar 2, 2017
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Democrats in Lansing and President Donald Trump may have finally found an issue they can agree on – paid sick leave. 


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There’s renewed interest in criminal justice reform in Lansing.


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