Jake Neher

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


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.

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.