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
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

Michigan Governor Rick 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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NewsRoom
6:52 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Debate Heating Up Over Expansion Of State’s School “Turnaround” District

Detroit Denby High School Principal K.C. Wilbourn-Snapp.
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State lawmakers are mulling over a number of bills that would overhaul public education in Michigan. One measure would expand a new state-run district meant to turn-around schools with test scores in the bottom 5%.  The idea has many public school officials pitted against each other.  

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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

The Michigan Capitol.
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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.

Audio of story by Jake Neher.

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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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