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.  

A plan to change the way Michigan counties appoint public defenders is headed to the state Senate.

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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.

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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State Representative Bob Genetski will serve no jail time for his drunken driving conviction handed down last month.

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

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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.