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Hundreds of police and firefighters have rallied at Michigan's Capitol in a show of force against pending legislation they fear could lead to cuts in retiree benefits.

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A state lawmaker wants to close loopholes in the state's paternity law that led to a judge accidentally ordering a mother to share custody of her child with a rapist. 

Democrats Offer ‘Michigan Jobs First’ Plan

Jul 17, 2017
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Democrats in the state Legislature have unveiled bills they say would keep jobs and tax dollars in Michigan.


Gov. Rick Snyder has signed laws authorizing additional outdoor recreation and land acquisition projects in 87 communities while also lifting a state prohibition against switchblades.

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Beginning in January, the state will have rules in place for the disclosure and retention of audio or video recordings from body cameras worn by police officers.


The Latest on the Legislature’s consideration of economic development tax incentives (all times local):

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Congressional budget writers are proposing to overrule President Donald Trump’s call for eliminating a program that funds Great Lakes cleanup efforts.

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Doctors, parents and others involved in female genital mutilation in Michigan will face up to 15 years in prison under new laws signed Tuesday that were sparked by an ongoing criminal case involving six young girls.


Gov. Rick Snyder and a legislative leader plan to meet in an attempt to resolve differences related to proposed tax incentives designed to boost large-scale business expansions in Michigan.


The Senate has given final approval to legislation raising registration taxes and safety training fees for motorcyclists.

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Bills up for a final vote in the state would end a requirement that election ballots show small designs or portraits that represent the political party of each candidate.


The Michigan Senate is expected to take a final vote on legislation to raise registration taxes and safety training fees for motorcyclists.



Republican state Sen. Wayne Schmidt of Traverse City serves Michigan’s 37th Senate District, which covers the northwest part of the Lower Peninsula and the eastern part of the Upper Peninsula.

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Doctors would be required to check a prescription database before prescribing painkillers and other powerful drugs under legislation approved Thursday by the Senate in an effort to target “doctor shopping” by addicts.


Michigan would no longer ban switchblades under a bill sent to Gov. Rick Snyder.