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Water
Environmental Protection Agency / epa.gov

Money might be on the way to help fight perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, in Michigan. 


Tom Leonard
Michigan House Republicans / gophouse.org

State House Speaker Tom Leonard says it’s time for Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon to step down.  It’s part of the growing chorus of criticism of how MSU has handled a sex assault scandal.


Michigan Capitol
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Local governments and police and firefighter unions are keeping a close eye on hearings to begin this week at the state Capitol.  GOP leaders are proposing more aggressive state oversight of local retirement funds. 


Car Insurance Overhaul Dies In State House

Nov 3, 2017
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A plan to overhaul the state’s auto insurance system failed late Thursday night. 

Car Accident
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The state is inching closer toward a controversial overhaul of its car insurance law.  The House Insurance Committee passed a bill Thursday with several changes. 


Parking Tickets
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Bills to forgive Michigan’s controversial driver responsibility fees have cleared a state House committee.  But, they’ve hit a roadblock.  They’re opposed by Governor Rick Snyder’s Treasury department.


Pat Miles
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Another Democrat entered the ring for Michigan’s Attorney General Thursday. 


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A plan to grant amnesty to people who owe sometimes thousands of dollars in unpaid driver responsibility fees is in the works.  A bipartisan group of state lawmakers rolled out the proposal Thursday. 


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.


Car Insurance
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A new plan by state lawmakers to bring down Michigan’s expensive auto insurance rates is in the works.  A rollout of the plan is expected as soon as tomorrow.  


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Lawmakers in Lansing are gearing up for a showdown over Michigan’s auto no-fault law.  A group of Republicans and Democrats in the state House announced changes they plan to introduce. 


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Political intrigue is being blamed for the collapse of a deal for the state to offer big tax breaks to employers who bring a lot of jobs to Michigan.


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Top lawmakers in the state Legislature have reached a tentative agreement with Governor Rick Snyder about changes to the state’s teacher retirement system.


Rick Snyder
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

There’s no end yet to the standoff between Governor Rick Snyder and the Legislature’s Republican leaders that’s delayed wrapping up the state budget.  But they are talking again. 


Donations Rise While Legislation Passes

Jun 1, 2017
Michigan Campaign Finance Network / mcfn.org

Some businesses are set to get millions of dollars in tax incentives -- if Governor Snyder signs a package of bills.  Around the time those bills were going through the legislature, business groups were giving big political action committee donations to some key lawmakers.


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. 


Michigan House of Representatives
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Controversial legislation on state regulatory rules is making its way through the legislature. 


John Kivela
Michigan House Democrats / housedems.com

There were tears and hugs on the floor of the state House Tuesday as colleagues got word that state Representative John Kivela took his life – one day after his second arrest on a charge of drunk driving.

Car Accident
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The state legislature is resurrecting legislation to end mandatory, unlimited medical benefits for car crash victims.  


Michigan House of Representatives
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State lawmakers are back at the Capitol following their spring break.  One job facing them is ending a standoff over money to help Macomb County deal with a giant sinkhole. 


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. 


Freedom of Information Act
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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.


Michigan House of Representatives
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There won’t be an income tax cut anytime soon in Michigan. 

Brownfield
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Legislation that would give companies building on blighted and undesirable land a tax break is swiftly making its way through the Senate.  But it could be headed for a roadblock.  


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An income tax rollback, a more transparent government, and reducing auto insurance rates - those are some of the main priorities for House Republicans during this session.  They rolled out the plan Thursday.


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