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Radio Made in Michigan
2:07 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Proposal seeks return to part-time legislature

Norman Kammeraad
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Norman Kammeraad is a West Michigan business owner who chairs the Committee to Restore Michigan’s Part-Time Legislature. The group is calling for a two-month legislative session with salaries of $35,000.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:06 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

SIDEBAR: A look at Georgia's part-time legislature

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If governing nearly 10-million people with a legislature that meets for just two months sounds impossible, take a trip down Interstate 75 and spend some time in the Peach State.

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NewsRoom
6:08 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Lawmakers Look To Tackle Big Issues In Next Two Weeks

State lawmakers are back to work after a two week break.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:40 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

What’s next for debate over wolf hunting?

With the law passed last December, Michigan may face its first wolf-hunting open season this year.
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Last December, the Michigan Legislature approved a bill that classified the gray wolf as a “game species.”  The act cleared the way for a debate over whether wolves should be hunted for sport.  There are fewer than one-thousand wolves in the state’s Upper Peninsula, and groups opposed to a hunting season want to see that population survive.  Last week, the group “Keep Michigan Wolves Protected” submitted more than 253,000 signatures to the Michigan Secretary of State in a bid to put the wolf hunting question on the ballot in 2014.

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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
6:25 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Legislature Begins Session With Tension, Protests

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The 97th session of the Legislature opened Wednesday at the state Capitol. The formality of swearing in new lawmakers, choosing leaders, and picking seats played out as protesters picketed outside. 

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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
4:54 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
6:28 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
6:13 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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Election 2012
12:00 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Dems Are In The (68th) House

WKAR's Mark Bashore takes a look at the contest between Andy Schor (D) and Tim Moede (R) in Michigan's 68th House district.

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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
6:26 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

House Panel Could Lift Restrictions in Open Government Law

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The state legislature could soon make it easier and cheaper to file request for public information.

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NewsRoom
5:44 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Pledge of Allegiance Requirement Heads to Governor’s Desk

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A bill requiring public schools in Michigan to make time to recite the Pledge of Allegiance is on its way to Governor Rick Snyder’s desk.

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NewsRoom
6:13 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Public Defense Bill Stalled in Committee

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The state Attorney General has stalled a plan to overhaul Michigan’s public defense system.

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NewsRoom
6:19 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Michigan Senate Approves Teacher Changes

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The Michigan Senate has approved a compromise bill that would end state-provided health coverage in retirement for new public school employees and require current workers to pay more for their pensions.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Ingham Official, Others Frustrated Over MI Foreclosure Practices

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Last summer, Ingham County Register of Deeds Curtis Hertel Jr. threw his support behind a proposal to reform Michigan’s foreclosure practices.  The measure is an effort to join 23 other states by enacting “judicial” foreclosure in Michigan. 

Under the approach, a judge is assigned to personally review the details of all home foreclosures.  Advocates say that exposes an often bewildering process to more scrutiny and reduces cases of wrongful foreclosure.

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NewsRoom
6:25 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Court of Appeals Asked to Lift Order That House GOP Count Procedural Votes

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A battle over how Republicans in the Michigan House of Representatives count votes was argued Wednesday before the state Court of Appeals.

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NewsRoom
6:26 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Regulator Urges Action On MI Online Health Exchange

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State House members held a hearing Wednesday on a federal law requiring states to set up a website to help people buy health insurance. The mandate is part of the Affordable Care Act.

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NewsRoom
6:17 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Snyder: Locals Should Not Expect State Funding to Help with Election Cost

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Governor Rick Snyder says local governments in the 11th congressional district should not expect the state to help cover the costs of a special primary to replace Congressman Thad McCotter. The cost is pegged at about $650,000.

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NewsRoom
6:29 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Snyder Says He’s Still Willing to Work with Legislature on Health Care Law

Governor Rick Snyder says he hopes Republican lawmakers will act before the end of the summer to create an online place for people to comparison shop for health coverage.

The governor and Republicans in the state House have been at odds over the health care exchanges called for in the federal Affordable Care Act. GOP leaders say they wanted to wait for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule before acting. Now that the court has upheld the law, Republicans say they still have a lot of questions.

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NewsRoom
6:28 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Dem Chair Brewer Re-Files Campaign Complaint on Bolger, GOP Staff

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The chair of the Michigan Democratic Party says a prosecutor’s report shows his complaint of election law violations deserves another look. Mark Brewer says state House Speaker Jase Bolger and other Republicans used state resources to plot a lawmaker’s defection to the GOP and put a fake Democrat on the ballot.

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NewsRoom
6:26 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Protesters Abound at Legislature’s Only Session Day in July

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The Legislature’s only session day in July was a magnet that drew protesters to Lansing.

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NewsRoom
6:25 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Complaints Continue on MI Fireworks Law

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Some state lawmakers are already discussing possible changes to Michigan’s new fireworks law.

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NewsRoom
6:19 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Senator: Representing Children, Mentally Ill Should Be Public Defense Specialty

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Hearings are supposed to begin this summer on plans to ensure poor defendants get a fair shake in the legal system.

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NewsRoom
6:23 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Warren Could Challenge Michigan Fireworks Law

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A suburban Detroit mayor says a new ordinance under consideration in his city could challenge state law making powerful fireworks legal in Michigan.

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NewsRoom
6:44 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Protesters in Pink Shirts Oppose Abortion Legislation

Amanda Kennedy of Mason and Susie Simons of East Lansing were among the hundreds of protesters at a rally on the Capitol lawn.
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There was a demonstration Tuesday at the state Capitol as abortion rights advocates protested legislation up for a vote this week.

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NewsRoom
6:29 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

House Committee Moves Abortion Measures to Floor

A state House committee has approved a sweeping new set of restrictions and requirements on abortion providers and women who want to end their pregnancies.

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NewsRoom
6:23 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Mich. Dems Seek Repeal of 'Stand Your Ground' Laws

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More than a dozen Democratic Michigan House members have introduced legislation to repeal the state's "stand your ground" self-defense law after the fatal shooting of Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

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