Jake Neher

Jake Neher is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He covers the State Legislature and other political events in Lansing.

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Politics & Government
1:22 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Gov. Snyder Open To Deal For State To Assume Detroit Public School Debt

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Governor Rick Snyder is open to a plan for the state to take over debt from Detroit Public Schools.

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Education
4:25 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Lawmakers Take Aim At Antiquated, Duplicative Reporting Requirements for schools

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State lawmakers could make big changes to how much and what kind of information schools are required to report to the state.

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Politics & Government
3:52 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

House Approves Bill To Cut Welfare Payments If Kids Persistently Miss School

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A bill to end cash assistance for families with truant children has cleared the state House.

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Education
4:12 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Flanagan: Charter School Authorizers No Longer At Risk Of Being Suspended

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State Superintendent Mike Flanagan says seven institutions no longer risk losing their ability to open new charter schools in Michigan.

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Politics & Government
4:42 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Model Civil Rights Ordinance For Local Governments Includes LGBT Protections

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The state Civil Rights Commission hopes to help local governments draft non-discrimination laws.

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Politics & Government
2:30 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Requiring Police To Wear Body Cams, State Lawmakers Could Try Again

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A bill in the state House would require on-duty police officers to wear body cameras.

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Politics & Government
3:10 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

State Lawmakers Considering Legal Driving Limit For THC

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Some state lawmakers say it’s time to set a legal driving limit for THC – the main psychoactive chemical in marijuana.

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Politics & Government
2:57 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

School Bake Sales Could Make A Comeback Under Bill Approved By State Senate

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Michigan schools could hold up to three bake sales per week during school hours under a bill approved by the state Senate.

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Education
2:01 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

State Board Of Education Considers Taking Snyder To Court Over Executive Order

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The state Board of Education could challenge a recent order from Governor Rick Snyder in court.

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Politics & Government
4:56 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Democrats Unveil Bills Meant To Make State Government More Transparent

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New bills at the state Capitol seek to make state government more transparent.

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Environment
3:08 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Snyder: 30% To 40% Renewable Energy Realistic In Michigan By 2025

Gov. Snyder presented his goals for energy policy in Michigan Friday at an electrician training facility in Warren.
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Governor Rick Snyder has set a goal for Michigan to get 30-40% of its energy from renewable sources by 2025.

The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Jake Neher has more.

That number includes energy savings through efforts to be more efficient. The governor says energy efficiency should play a central role in Michigan’s energy future.

“There is no better answer for affordability, reliability, and environmental outcomes than that piece,” he says.

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Politics & Government
4:53 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Michigan Activists To Launch Marijuana Legalization Initiative

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A group of activists says 2016 is the year to legalize marijuana in Michigan.

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Politics & Government
5:40 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

State House Approves Ending Michigan’s Film Incentives

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A bill to end Michigan’s tax incentives for the film industry has cleared the state House.

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Politics & Government
3:55 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

State Senate Says Landlords Can Prohibit Tenants From Using Medical Marijuana

Legislation approved Tuesday by the state Senate would let landlords ban tenants from using medical marijuana in rental units.

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Politics & Government
2:44 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Speaker Cotter Has Bipartisan Support For Asset Forfeiture Changes

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There’s bipartisan interest in the state Legislature in protecting Michiganders from having property unfairly seized by police.

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Politics & Government
2:55 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Michigan’s Film Incentives Move Closer To Their Demise In State Legislature

A bill to eliminate Michigan’s film incentives is advancing in the state House.

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Politics & Government
3:55 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Lawmakers Considering Penalties For Failing To Call 911 When Someone Is In Danger

State lawmakers are debating whether someone should face penalties if they fail to act when they know someone else is in danger.

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Politics & Government
5:11 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

State Senate Sends Budget Cuts To Gov. Snyder That Divert Surplus School Aid Dollars

Legislation headed to Governor Rick Snyder would divert surplus school aid money to help fill Michigan’s budget hole.

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Politics & Government
5:11 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

State House Approves Overhaul Of Concealed Pistol License Approvals

Concealed weapons bills similar to ones Governor Rick Snyder vetoed last month are one step closer to heading back to his desk.

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Politics & Government
3:44 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

State Lawmakers Taking Another Crack At Corrections Overhaul There’s a renewed push in the state Leg

There’s a renewed push in the state Legislature to overhaul Michigan’s corrections system.

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Education
2:55 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Lawmaker Wants More Snow Days For Schools Without Having To Make Up Time

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State lawmakers may consider allowing schools to take more snow days without having to make them up later.

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Politics & Government
3:19 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Pro-Gun Groups Blast State Senate For Passing “No-Carry Zone” Exemption

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Retired federal law enforcement officials would be able to carry concealed weapons in “no carry zones” under a bill approved Thursday by the state Senate.

The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Jake Neher reports.

“No carry zones” include places such as schools, day care centers, and sports arenas where concealed weapons are prohibited. Supporters say former federal agents face greater dangers than the general public. But many pro-gun groups oppose this and similar legislation.

Tom Lambert is with Michigan Open Carry.

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Politics & Government
4:39 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

New International Bridge Clears Major Hurdle With Canada Paying For Customs Plaza

One of the final hurdles facing a new international crossing between Detroit and Windsor has been cleared.

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Politics & Government
4:09 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Lawmakers Will Try Again To Fix Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Law

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State lawmakers will again consider making major changes to Michigan’s medical marijuana system.

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Politics & Government
4:44 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Democrats, School And Public Worker Groups React To Snyder’s Budget

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College and university groups are praising Governor Snyder’s budget proposal.

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Politics & Government
2:26 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

State Senate Urges Congress To Remove Gray Wolves From Endangered List

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The state Senate is urging Congress to end endangered and threatened species protections for gray wolves in Michigan.

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Politics & Government
4:40 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

State House Panel To Take Up A Dozen Gun Bills After Snyder Vetoes Last Month

A dozen gun bills similar to ones recently vetoed by Governor Rick Snyder will get a committee hearing Tuesday.

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Politics & Government
6:24 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Democrats renew push for no-reason absentee voting in Michigan

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Democratic state lawmakers are again hoping to allow no-reason absentee voting in Michigan. Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson has said recently that more people who have died or moved out of state must be removed from the state's voter registration database before lawmakers will agree to stop putting conditions on who can vote absentee.

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Politics & Government
2:46 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Will Michigan Allow The Death Penalty For Cop Killers? Don’t Bet On It

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The Republican chair of a committee considering whether to allow the death penalty in Michigan says he will not support the measure.

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Politics & Government
4:25 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Concealed Pistol Bill Sails Through State Senate

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The state Senate has approved legislation to overhaul the way Michigan issues concealed pistol licenses.

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