Pension protest
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Republicans who control the Michigan Legislature have introduced long-expected legislation to close the school employees' pension system to new hires and provide them a 401(k) only.

Concealed Carry Bills In Front Of House Committee

May 17, 2017
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Gun rights are up for debate in the state legislature again.


House Bill would add police, firefighters and other first responders to the state hate crime law. 

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Bill protects privacy of parents who surrender newborn. 


Bill would make shining laser at aircraft a state crime. 

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Anti-Sharia law bill introduced in Michigan House

Proposal seeks return to part-time legislature

Feb 5, 2014
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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.

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

Feb 5, 2014
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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.

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

What’s next for debate over wolf hunting?

Apr 1, 2013
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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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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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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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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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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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State House Republicans are sticking with Jase Bolger.