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
4:41 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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Politics & Government
2:04 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Medical Marijuana Bills Coming Down To The Wire In “Lame Duck”

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It looks like a decision about whether to ease restrictions on medical marijuana will come down to the final days of the state Legislature’s 2014 session.

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Politics & Government
4:42 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

State House Expected To Take Up Film Credit Extension In December

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The state House is expected to take up legislation next month that could decide the future of Michigan’s film credit program.

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Politics & Government
4:42 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

LGBT Activists Ready To “Blow Up” Civil Rights Bill If It Ignores Gender Identity

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Supporters of adding LGBT protections to Michigan’s civil rights law say they have enough votes in the Legislature to pass a bill before the end of the year.

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Politics & Government
4:40 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Prison Reform Activists See Opportunity In “Lame Duck” For Legislative Overhaul

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Bills that seek to reduce prison spending in Michigan seem to have momentum going into the last weeks of the Legislature’s 2014 session.

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Politics & Government
5:13 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Effort to get LGBT civil rights protections pressing on after setbacks

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A coalition of business and civil rights groups is still optimistic state lawmakers this year will make it illegal to discriminate against LGBT people.

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Education
5:12 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

State Education Officials Preparing For Adoption Of New Science Standards

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The state Board of Education is poised to approve new statewide science standards.

We have more from The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Jake Neher.

State education officials hope the Next Generation standards will boost achievement in science. Less than 20% of Michigan students passed the state science exam last year.

Michigan Department of Education spokesperson Martin Ackley says officials appear ready to move forward with the standards.

“The plan is for the state Board of Education to then take them up possibly for adoption in December,” he says.

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Politics & Government
5:14 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Bill To Overhaul Michigan’s Electoral Votes Blasted In Committee Hearing

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A plan to change the way Michigan awards its electoral votes for president got largely panned at a state House hearing Monday.

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