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The Michigan Legislature Has Returned – Here Are Some Bills You May Have Missed

Jan 14, 2019

Michigan House of Representatives
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The state Legislature returned last week to open its 100th session.


Both the House and Senate passed various housekeeping resolutions.  But the Senate didn’t introduce any bills.  

The state House kicked off by making civil asset forfeiture the subject of its first bills introduced – that’s usually a signal the legislation is a top priority.  The bills would require a person be convicted of a crime before police can take their property involved in the crime – up to a certain amount. 

Lawmakers in the House also introduced bills to subject the governor’s office and Legislature to open records requests and to let people over 21 buy and possess a stun gun.  

The chamber is also considering legislation to lower the age of people allowed to sell or serve alcohol.

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—Cheyna Roth is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org