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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Radio Made in Michigan
5:44 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

State Senate Approves Tax Break For People Trading-In Vehicles And Watercraft

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People trading in cars, trucks, or boats could soon get a new tax break under legislation that passed the state Senate Wednesday.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:25 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Abortion Language That Sunk Blue Cross Overhaul Reintroduced

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Health insurers would only be able to cover elective abortions through optional rider plans under legislation in the state Senate.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:52 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Advocates Urge Governor Snyder To Call For Medicaid Expansion

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Advocates for the uninsured say they’ve collected four-thousand petition signatures in favor of an expansion of Medicaid in the state.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:13 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

State Lawmakers Bring Back Abortion Bills Days After Roe V. Wade Anniversary

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A number of abortion-related bills that died last year are resurfacing in the state Legislature.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:47 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

State Senate Unanimously Passes Blue Cross Overhaul Without Abortion Language

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For the third time in four months, the state Senate has approved a plan to overhaul the state’s largest health insurer.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:41 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

State House Republicans “Cautiously Skeptical” About Expanding Medicaid

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If Governor Rick Snyder decides he wants to expand Medicaid in Michigan, state House Republicans say they might not be on board.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:18 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

State Leaders Question Plan To Divide Michigan’s Electoral Votes

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A plan to split up Michigan’s electoral votes seems to be losing support from key Republican leaders in Lansing.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:54 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Clergy Call On State Lawmakers To Address Gun Violence

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A group of Michigan clergy wants state lawmakers to drop a number of pro-gun bills.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:18 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Governor Snyder Says He Has A Lot To Consider When It Comes To Medicaid Expansion

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Governor Rick Snyder says he hasn’t yet decided whether he wants the state to expand Medicaid eligibility.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:47 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Advocates Urge State Panel To Allow Medical Pot For PTSD

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Medical marijuana advocates are urging state officials to let Michiganders with post-traumatic stress disorder use the drug legally.

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NewsRoom
6:01 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Michigan Senate Passes Firearms Dealer Bill

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The first bill to pass a chamber of the state Legislature this year is one of several dealing with firearms.  The Michigan Senate approved the legislation Thursday.

The bill would change the state’s definition of a “federally-licensed firearms dealer.”

It's a technical fix, according to supporters of the measure. They say state law isn’t in sync with federal regulations. That means some gun dealers can’t sell certain weapons because of a technicality.

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NewsRoom
6:16 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Three Gun Bills Move to Michigan Senate

A bill that would shield some guns in Michigan from federal regulations is going to the floor of the state Senate. A panel of state lawmakers Wednesday passed the bill along with other gun-related measures.

The federal government would not be able to regulate guns made and sold in Michigan, as long as they don’t cross state lines. It’s a response to recent Obama administration gun control recommendations.

Republican state Senator Phil Pavlov says the federal proposals could threaten both the Second Amendment and states’ rights.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:55 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Bill seeks To Make State Legislature Part-Time

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A proposal in Lansing would limit the state’s legislative session to 90 days a year.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:00 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

New Gun Legislation In Lansing Would Exempt Information From FOIA Requests

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Certain information about guns and their owners could not be made public under a bill in the state Senate.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:24 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

State Board Gives Group Green Light To Seek Repeal Of Wolf Hunt Law

If an animal welfare group gathers enough signatures over the next few weeks, a law opening Michigan to a wolf hunt will be put up for referendum.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:47 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Michigan Democrats Give “Real State Of The State” Speech

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The top Democrat in the state House says Governor Rick Snyder will be dishonest if he says the state is turning around during his State of the State address Wednesday night.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:46 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Stabenow Urges Michigan Agri-Business Leaders To Push Congress On New Farm Bill

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Senator Debbie Stabenow says Michigan agriculture leaders need to ramp up pressure on Congress to pass a new farm bill.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:10 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Governor Snyder Questions Ad Tying Pure Michigan Brand To Right-To-Work

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Governor Rick Snyder says he’s not a fan of a controversial ad tying the Pure Michigan brand to the state’s right-to-work law.  The Michigan Public Radio Network's Jake Neher has more.

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NewsRoom
7:11 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Attention In Lansing Turns To Road Funding

A Lansing-area freeway.
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Governor Rick Snyder says he’ll outline a new plan to fund road improvements during his State of the State address on Wednesday. The plan could include higher vehicle registration fees to pay for road projects and maintenance.

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NewsRoom
6:08 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

First State Bills Of 2013 Aim To End “Lame Duck” Sessions And Cut FOIA Filing Costs

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State lawmakers are already sorting through bills introduced on the first day of their new session. They include ones that would boost funding for roads and make public information requests cheaper.

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NewsRoom
6:00 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Union Members Protest In Lansing On First Day Of New Legislative Session

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Union groups say they won’t stop shouting over the state’s new “right-to-work” law any time soon.

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NewsRoom
9:06 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Bear Cub Petting Zoo Bill Will Come Up Again In 2013

Black bear at a Michigan petting zoo.
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State lawmakers start their new session this week. Some of the first bills likely to come up would ease restrictions on owning and breeding large carnivores like tigers and bears.

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NewsRoom
6:13 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Bill Sponsor Hopes Blue Cross Overhaul Will Pass Quickly Without Abortion Language

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Some state lawmakers say they hope to pass an overhaul of Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Michigan after dropping some controversial abortion language.

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NewsRoom
7:17 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Expanding State-Run School District A Top Priority For Governor Snyder

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Governor Rick Snyder says expanding a state-run district for struggling schools is one of his top priorities for 2013.

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NewsRoom
6:21 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

New Program Requires Three-Week Assessment For Cash Assistance Applicants

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Michigan residents applying for cash assistance will have to get through a new three-week assessment and training period. 

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NewsRoom
6:10 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Michigan Clergy Applauds Gov. Snyder’s Veto Of Controversial Gun Bill

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A coalition of Michigan clergy members is applauding Governor Rick Snyder’s veto of a controversial gun bill. 

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NewsRoom
5:16 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Michigan’s 16 Electoral College Votes Officially Cast For Obama/Biden

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Michigan’s delegates to the Electoral College have cast their 16 votes for President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. 

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NewsRoom
6:15 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Right-To-Work Bills Headed To Gov. Snyder’s Desk

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Governor Rick Snyder will have the final say as to whether Michigan will become a so-called “right-to-work” state. 

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NewsRoom
6:14 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

State And Local Police In Lansing Getting Ready For Right-To-Work Protests

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Police officers from across the state are in Lansing preparing for protests as lawmakers get ready to vote on so-called “right-to-work” bills. 

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NewsRoom
6:19 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Approval Of Blue Cross Overhaul Not Quelling Debate Over Its Possible Effects

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Supporters of a plan to overhaul Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan are praising state lawmakers for passing the measure. Some critics say more work needs to be done.   

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