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The state Legislature began discussions Wednesday on the newest plan to make people work for Medicaid.


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Governor Rick Snyder has signed a budget bill that accelerates spending on road repairs in time to help with the spring and summer construction season.


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Michigan legislators say veterans affiliated with a private club or fraternal organization should be permitted to drink at whatever location they please.

Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday signed a $175 million influx of spending on Michigan's deteriorating roads and bridges, urging pothole-weary drivers to be patient while a separate transportation-funding law continues to be phased in by 2021.

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Lawmakers in Lansing have been working on legislation in response to the Larry Nassar case. And while they’re at it, some say they might want to clarify who counts as a victim when it comes to giving impact statements at a defendant’s sentencing.


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Democrat Gretchen Whitmer won another key endorsement from organized labor Monday in the race for Michigan governor, this time from the state's largest union.

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The Michigan Supreme Court will hear arguments next month in a case that pits school districts against advocates who say people should be allowed to carry firearms in schools. We have more from Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta.


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You might soon be able to register to vote from the comfort of your home. Capital correspondent Cheyna Roth reports lawmakers in the state Senate passed a bill Thursday for online voter registration.

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Michiganders should be able to register to vote online, state senators say.

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Michigan's first county veteran fund was approved by lawmakers in the state House on Wednesday.

Bipartisan legislation in Michigan that would help victims of imprisoned sports doctor Larry Nassar's sexual abuse move forward with lawsuits was in limbo Wednesday amid pushback from universities, the Catholic Church and others.

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An effective food system in the state’s prisons should go beyond just feeding prisoners. That’s the message of some lawmakers in the state Senate.


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Bills to address campus sexual misconduct have stalled in the state Senate.


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Three more Michigan gubernatorial candidates have voluntarily released portions of their tax returns, saying the public deserves to know the information even though the state doesn't require candidates to disclose it.

It’s national Sunshine Week – time when officials and reporters shed light on access to public information. In Michigan, candidates for state office are using the opportunity to announce how they would improve transparency.

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