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Radio Made in Michigan
3:56 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Michigan's Right-to-Work law set to take effect

Michigan' Right-to-Work law is going into effect Thursday March 27th.
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Three and a half months after its stormy journey through the state legislature, Michigan’s Right-to-Work law is about to take effect.  Two guests with opposing views of the controversial law join Current State to update the debate.   Jim Holcomb is General Counsel for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, which supports the law.  Doug Pratt is a spokesperson for the Michigan Education Association, which opposes it.

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NewsRoom
6:15 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Snyder OKs Ban On Phone Use By Teen Drivers

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A new law will soon ban cell phone use by probationary teen drivers unless they’re using a hands-free device or reporting an emergency. 

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NewsRoom
4:25 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Governor Snyder Reflects On A Busy 2012 In Lansing

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Heading into 2013, Governor Rick Snyder is hoping to shift conversation away from controversial new policies like “right-to-work”.

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NewsRoom
6:24 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Gun Control Advocates Says Snyder Should Veto Concealed Pistol Legislation

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One of the final actions of the lame duck state Legislature was to adopt bills that would allow concealed guns in public schools and other places that are “no carry” zones.

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NewsRoom
6:22 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

New Bill Requires Voters To Affirm US Citizenship

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A bill awaiting Gov. Rick Snyder's signature would require voters to declare their citizenship before getting a ballot.

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NewsRoom
6:24 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Controversial Abortion Legislation A Step Closer To Gov. Snyder’s Desk

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State lawmakers are a step closer to adding restrictions for abortion providers. 

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NewsRoom
7:00 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Supporters Will Unveil New Emergency Manager Bill

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A new version of a local government emergency manager bill will be rolled out Thursday at the state Capitol.

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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
5:24 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Lobbying Spikes As Legislature Ponders Whether To Debate Right-To-Work

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It was a day of intense lobbying at the state Capitol on Tuesday as opponents and supporters turned out to argue on whether Michigan should become a right-to-work state. 

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue November 27, 2012

East Lansing Crime Leads To Likely Reform

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Twelve years after a tragic East Lansing crime went unpunished, Michigan elected officials want to reform a key law.  Before the end of the year, Governor Rick Snyder is expected to sign “Brandon D’Annunzio’s Law.”  The 24 year old was attacked in downtown East Lansing in 2000 and later died of his injuries.  WKAR’s Mark Bashore spoke with the young man’s mother about her efforts to get the measure passed.  

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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
6:23 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Michigan Senate Approves Anti-Concussion Bills

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The Michigan Senate has approved legislation designed to protect student athletes from concussions.

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NewsRoom
6:36 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Detroit Lighting Bills Stalled in State Senate

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State Lawmakers failed to move a bill Wednesday that offers a possible solution to serious public lighting problems in Detroit and other cities.

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NewsRoom
6:29 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Civil Rights Law Author Says It’s Time to Debate Adding Gay Rights

Ex-State Reps. Daisy Elliott (D-Detroit) and Mel Larsen (R-Oxford).
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Michigan’s landmark civil rights law was celebrated as a legal milestone in a ceremony Tuesday at the state Capitol. The Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act was enacted 36 years ago.

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NewsRoom
6:37 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Snyder Vetoes GOP-Backed Election Measures

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Governor Rick Snyder has vetoed bills sent to him by the Republican-led Legislature that would have required people to show a photo I-D, and affirm their U.S. citizenship by checking a box on a form before they could get an absentee ballot.

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NewsRoom
6:40 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Gov. Snyder Gets Bills Banning Synthetic Marijuana

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The Michigan Senate has given the Legislature's final approval to bills that would ban so-called synthetic marijuana.

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