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Jeremy Moss

Gretchen Whitmer
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has vetoed 375 million dollars in one-time road funding.  As Cheyna Roth reports, the governor finished signing all 16 state budgets hours before the October 1st deadline.


Cabinet
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Democratic and Republican candidates for state office want to increase transparency in Michigan’s government.


Michigan State Senate
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Republicans in Lansing worked at a breakneck speed Tuesday to pass legislation that would allow politicians in Michigan to solicit campaign contributions on behalf of political action committees. 


michigan capitol
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A state House committee held its first hearing Wednesday on legislation that would outlaw “sanctuary cities” in Michigan.  The bills would ban local ordinances and rules that police officers says cannot ask about the immigration status of a suspect or a witness unless it’s tied to their investigation. 


Freedom of Information Act
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Transparency in state government was up for a vote Thursday in Lansing.  The state House approved a package of bills that would open up the governor’s office and the legislature to freedom of information requests.


FOIA
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

A battle is brewing in the state legislature over government transparency for the governor and legislature.


Michigan House of Representatives
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Michigan and Louisiana are the only two states that don’t apply their public records laws to the legislature and the governor’s office.  A bipartisan group of Michigan lawmakers have rolled out bills to change that. 


Rick Snyder
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Governor Rick Snyder says President Trump has opened a “much-needed” national conversation on immigration with his order that limits travel from seven majority-Muslim nations.


Michigan State House of Representatives
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Lawmakers need to be more transparent.  That was the message sent by the House today when it approved bills to expand Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).  


Jeremy Moss
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There’s major bipartisan support for new bills that would open the governor and the Legislature to public information requests. 

Jeremy Moss
Michigan House Democrats / housedems.com

A bipartisan group of state lawmakers hopes to send privacy protection legislation to Governor Rick Snyder’s desk this year.