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
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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Politics & Government
4:41 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

Bill Would Allow Joint Adoption Between Two Unmarried People In Michigan

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One Democrat in the state House says it’s time to allow two unmarried people to jointly adopt children together.

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Politics & Government
3:33 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Film Credits Could Be Back On Chopping Block As Officials Look To Close Budget Hole

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Michigan’s film credits could be on the chopping block again as lawmakers look to close a hole in the state budget.

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Politics & Government
4:16 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Some Lawmakers Want To Give Voters Alternative To Roads Ballot Proposal

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Some state lawmakers want to pass a legislative alternative to the May ballot proposal to boost road funding.

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Politics & Government
5:15 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

16 Year Olds Could Pre-Register To Vote Under Bill At State Capitol

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Michigan teens would be able to pre-register to vote under a proposal in Lansing.

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Education
3:31 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

ACT Loses Appeal Over Michigan’s Decision To Switch To SAT

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State officials have denied ACT’s appeal of Michigan’s decision to switch its free college entrance exam to the SAT.

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Politics & Government
5:15 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

State Senate Panel To Take Up Animal Abuse Bills Tuesday

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State lawmakers will try again to crack down on animal cruelty in Michigan.

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Politics & Government
3:25 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Prevailing Wage Repeal Will Be Priority For 98th Legislature

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The new state Senate leader says repealing Michigan’s prevailing wage law will be a priority this year.

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Education
4:26 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

ACT Fights Michigan’s Decision To Switch To SAT

The ACT is appealing Michigan’s decision to switch its eleventh grade standardized test to the SAT.

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Politics & Government
3:40 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

State Board Of Education could Advocate For Road Funding Ballot Proposal

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The State Board of Education could join the effort to pass a May ballot proposal to boost road funding.

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Politics & Government
4:15 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Snyder Signs Bill Allowing Some To Have Criminal Records Erased From Public Records

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Governor Rick Snyder has signed a bill allowing some crimes to be erased from public records.

The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Jake Neher reports.

Some low-level offenders will be able to ask the court that convicted them to erase up to one felony or two misdemeanors. Supporters say it will make it easier for them to get jobs and housing after they’ve served sentences or paid fines.

Shelli Weisberg is with the ACLU of Michigan.

   “We really think that this gives people with records a really meaningful second chance,” she says.

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Politics & Government
4:55 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Michigan Not Doing Enough to Keep Child Care Safe, Advocates Say

Advocates say the state needs to do more to protect kids in child care.

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Education
2:47 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Michigan Switches To SAT Over ACT Starting In 2016

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Michigan will replace the ACT college entrance exam with the SAT starting in spring 2016.

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Politics & Government
4:13 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Advocates Launch Fundraising Effort To Clear Rape Kit Backlog

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy and Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette hold a rape kit at the launch of the Enough SAID fundraising campaign in Detroit.
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Public officials and advocates are asking for help to clear a massive backlog of rape kits in Detroit.

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Education
4:27 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

What Does It Cost To Educate A Michigan Student? We May Soon Find Out

The state would have to find out how much it costs to educate a student in Michigan under a bill in front of Governor Rick Snyder.

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Politics & Government
2:49 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Gov. Snyder Will Have Final Say On Eliminating County Gun Boards

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Legislation in front of Governor Rick Snyder would change the way concealed pistol licenses are approved in Michigan.

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

The bill would eliminate county gun boards, which currently conduct background checks and decide whether to issue CPLs. Instead, the State Police would be responsible for conducting background checks. Most other duties – including issuing the licenses – would go to county clerks. The bill would also reduce application and renewal fees for CPLs.

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Politics & Government
5:37 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Time Running Out For Medical Marijuana Bills In State Legislature

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Supporters of legislation to allow medical marijuana dispensaries in Michigan say it’s not likely to pass in 2014.

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Politics & Government
4:14 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Prospects Of Road Funding Compromise Begin To Look Dubious In Lame Duck

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State lawmakers are entering the final hours of their two-year session without having reached a deal to boost road funding.

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Politics & Government
5:55 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

State Senate Approves Increasing Penalties For Coercing Abortion

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Coercing someone to have an abortion would carry tougher penalties under bills approved Thursday by the state Senate.

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Politics & Government
4:11 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

State Legislature Getting Ready To Hammer Out Compromise On Road Funding

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The state Legislature is taking steps to hammer out a road funding compromise.

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Politics & Government
4:42 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

State House Approves Suspicion-based Drug Testing For Welfare Recipients

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Legislation that would revoke welfare payments from people who fail drug tests has passed the state House.

The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Jake Neher reports.

The bill would create a one-year pilot program in three counties that have not yet been selected. Lawmakers could decide to implement a statewide welfare drug testing system later on.

Some Democrats voted against the bill. Representative Diane Slavens says it would unfairly hurt poor children.

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Politics & Government
5:13 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

State Senate rejects bill to reduce truck weight limits

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The state Senate has rejected a bill that would reduce the amount of weight trucks are allowed to carry on Michigan’s roads.

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Politics & Government
4:21 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Metro Detroit lawmakers Putting Up Fight Against Road Funding Proposal

Gov. Rick Snyder and MDOT Director Kirk Steudle survey road damage along the Lodge Freeway in Detroit on Monday.
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State lawmakers will spend their last nine session days of the year trying to agree on a way to fix Michigan’s roads.

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Politics & Government
4:45 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Gov. Snyder Urges State House To Pass Gas Tax Increase For Roads

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State lawmakers have just nine or ten more session days in 2014, and still no consensus on how to raise money to help fix Michigan’s roads.

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