Jake Neher

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

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


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


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


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

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

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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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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.

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


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

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Public officials and advocates are asking for help to clear a massive backlog of rape kits in Detroit.

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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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.


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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State lawmakers will spend their last nine session days of the year trying to agree on a way to fix Michigan’s roads.