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.
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.
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.