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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NewsRoom
6:13 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

State Lawmakers Committed To Passing Education Reforms By End Of The Year

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Republican state lawmakers are not backing down from plans to pass major changes in education by the end of the year. 

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NewsRoom
9:14 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Public School Officials Urge State Lawmakers To Hold Off On Education Reform Bills

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Opponents of bills to reform the state’s education system are urging lawmakers to hold off until next year. A group of public school officials gathered at the state Capitol to make their case.

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NewsRoom
6:10 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Medical Marijuana Bills Go To Floor Of State House

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Patients might have to pay out of their own pockets for medical marijuana if lawmakers pass two bills in the state House.  

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NewsRoom
6:18 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

AG Schuette Asks U.S. Supreme Court To Decide Affirmative Action Ban

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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is taking the state’s ban on affirmative action to the U.S. Supreme Court. Schuette filed paperwork Thursday asking the high court to take the case.  

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NewsRoom
6:24 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Bills To Put Limits On Recall Efforts Introduced In State House

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A group of state lawmakers wants to make it harder to recall elected officials. Bills introduced in the state House on Wednesday would put limits on the process.  

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NewsRoom
6:13 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

State Senate Approves Regional Transit Authority For Southeast Michigan

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The state Legislature is a step closer to creating a regional transit authority for southeast Michigan. The state Senate passed the measure Tuesday.  

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NewsRoom
4:55 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

State Lawmakers Halt Fetal Tax Exemption Bills

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State lawmakers are not likely to move this year on a proposal to let people claim a fetus as a dependent on state taxes. 

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NewsRoom
4:45 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

State Lawmakers Gearing Up For Battle Over Education In Lame Duck

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A battle over some proposed big changes in how Michigan handles education is brewing in the state Legislature. 

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NewsRoom
6:44 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Expecting Families Could Claim Fetus As A Dependent Under Bill In State House

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Expecting families could claim a fetus as a dependent under legislation before the state House. 

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NewsRoom
4:25 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Schuette: Changes to Blue Cross Overhaul Bills Not Enough To Protect Seniors

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Michigan’s attorney general says state lawmakers must add more safeguards for seniors to legislation that would overhaul Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. 

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NewsRoom
6:13 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

State Court Of Appeals Says Juvenile Lifers Can’t Be Re-Sentenced

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A U.S. Supreme Court decision banning automatic life sentences for juveniles does not apply to those already serving in Michigan.  

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NewsRoom
6:08 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Time Limits For Welfare Cash Assistance Hit State Supreme Court

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Michigan’s highest court will decide when the state should cut off certain families from welfare cash assistance. The state Supreme Court heard arguments today.   

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NewsRoom
6:17 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

State Lawmakers Considering “Juvenile Lifer” Bills

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Juveniles convicted of murder in Michigan would no longer face mandatory life sentences under bills in the state House.   

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NewsRoom
6:17 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Blue Cross Officials Say Overhaul Must Pass Before End Of The Year

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan officials say time is running out for state lawmakers to pass a proposed overhaul of the company.   

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NewsRoom
12:15 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

New laws needed to allow BCBS to join health exchange

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Officials with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan say the state legislature must pass bills to overhaul the health insurer by the end of the year. Under the measures, Blue Cross would become a customer-owned non-profit, and would have to pay state and local taxes.

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NewsRoom
4:54 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

State House Set To Tackle Blue Cross Overhaul In “Lame Duck"

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A number of high-profile bills are on the agenda for the state legislature’s “lame duck session” before the end of the year. 

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NewsRoom
9:42 am
Mon November 12, 2012

State House Approves Bill To Modernize Horse Racing

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There’s a new plan to help Michigan’s struggling horse tracks with a new way to make money. It would allow people to bet on races that have already been run.

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NewsRoom
6:28 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Bolger Holds On To Role As House GOP Leader, Dems Choose Greimel

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State House Republicans are sticking with Jase Bolger.  

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NewsRoom
4:45 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

State House Passes Overhaul To Michigan’s Criminal Defense System

A plan to change the way Michigan counties appoint public defenders is headed to the state Senate.

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NewsRoom
6:20 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Democrats Pick Up Handful Of Seats In State House, GOP Keeps Majority

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It looks like Republicans will hold an eight-seat majority in the state House. 

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NewsRoom
4:46 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Candidates Make Final Push In Michigan Before Tuesday’s Election

With the 2012 campaign coming to an end, state-wide candidates are making one last push to get out the vote. Both parties held rallies across the state Monday.

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NewsRoom
6:19 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Greimel A Virtual Lock To Lead State House Democrats

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After all the votes have been counted in the general election, there’s still another round of elections this week. The legislature will choose its leaders for the coming session on Thursday. News services say the race for state House democratic leader is pretty well decided.

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NewsRoom
6:13 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Secretary Of State Dismisses Complaints Against Bolger, Schmidt

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Michigan Democrats have not been able to prove House Speaker Jase Bolger and Representative Roy Schmidt broke the law in a party-switch scandal this year. That’s according to the state Bureau of Elections.

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NewsRoom
6:11 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Cox Sues Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Michigan Over Medigap Policies

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Former state Attorney General Mike Cox is challenging Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Medigap policies in court.

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Election 2012
6:12 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Presidential Campaigns In Michigan Not Slowing Down For Sandy

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President Obama's and Mitt Romney's campaigns say bad weather won't slow down their efforts in Michigan.

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Election 2012
4:57 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Bill Clinton Endorses MI's Proposal 3

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Former President Bill Clinton is encouraging Michigan voters to approve Proposal Three on the November ballot.

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NewsRoom
6:31 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

MI Budget Director Says State Credit Rating Weighed Down By Ballot Proposals

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The state’s top budget official says Michigan would have a higher credit rating if not for the six proposals on the November ballot.

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NewsRoom
6:28 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

State Rep. Genetski Gets Community Service, Fines For Drunken Driving

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State Representative Bob Genetski will serve no jail time for his drunken driving conviction handed down last month.

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NewsRoom
6:18 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Gov. Snyder Signs Youth Sports Concussion Bills

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Michigan would boost efforts to reduce the number and severity of concussions in youth sports under bills signed Tuesday by Governor Rick Snyder.

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NewsRoom
6:16 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Gov. Snyder Asks International Business Leaders To Support New Bridge To Canada

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Governor Rick Snyder is worried Proposal Six on the November ballot would spark a lengthy court battle if it’s passed.

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