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Autonomous Vehicle
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Michigan lawmakers are comfortable with the state’s current driverless vehicle laws.  


Road Construction
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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. 


Rick Snyder
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Governor Rick Snyder declared victory over the state’s economic hardships in his eighth and final State of the State address.  The governor, last night, said choices made over the last seven years leave room now for more investment in schools and infrastructure.  But it’s not clear that he can win support for his plans in the Legislature


Rick Snyder
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Governor Rick Snyder delivers his eighth State of the State address Tuesday.  The State of the State is a yearly event where the governor lays out his priorities for the upcoming year.  Some lawmakers have wish lists for what they want the governor to talk about. 


Michigan Capitol
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The state Legislature went over the governor’s head Wednesday.  It approved a veto override – something that hasn’t happened in Michigan since 2002.


Construction
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Prevailing wage will likely be a hot topic in Lansing this year.  That’s the state law that requires workers get paid union-rate wages for state construction projects.


Promise-Zone Bills Headed To the Governor’s Desk

Oct 19, 2017
Graduation
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The Michigan Legislature may create five new “Promise Zones.”  Those are special cities and communities that provide free college tuition for high school graduates. 


Flint Water
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After stops and starts, the state Legislature has adopted a bill to send $100 million to Flint to replace lead pipes.  The money is from the federal government, but had to be approved by state lawmakers.

Bert Johnson
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A raid on State Senator Bert Johnson’s home and Lansing office has culminated in a federal indictment.  A grand jury returned charges of theft and conspiracy against the Detroit-area senator. 


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A state Senator is involved in a joint investigation with the FBI and Michigan State Police


Lansing Democrats Introduce Paid Sick Leave Bills

Mar 2, 2017
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Democrats in Lansing and President Donald Trump may have finally found an issue they can agree on – paid sick leave. 


michigan capitol
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Governor Rick Snyder delivered his seventh State of the State address last night.  


Michigan State Senate
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Two bills to help Flint recover from the water crisis are making their way through the legislature.  Both bills passed through the Senate Thursday with a near-unanimous vote.  


Water Faucet
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The Legislature is going to work on toughening standards for lead in drinking water, although finishing the job may have to wait until next year.


Flint Water
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Flint could name its own experts to oversee the response to the city’s drinking water crisis under a bill just sent to the state Senate floor. 


Flint Water
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A legislative committee heads to Flint today to hear from local officials and residents about the city’s water crisis.


Drinking Water
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A joint legislative committee looking into the Flint water crisis has been told state environmental watchdogs failed to follow federal clean water rules. 


Flint Water
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State lawmakers have created a joint House and Senate committee to look into the Flint water crisis.  


Free Water Flint Protest
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The Michigan Senate has adopted a $30 million emergency spending measure to help Flint residents with their water bills.  


Coleman Young II
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Democrats in the state Legislature say lawmakers should get an opportunity to question people under oath about the Flint water crisis.


Michigan National Guard Delivery
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The state House and Senate have unanimously approved an emergency spending bill to help Flint address its water crisis.  It now goes to Governor Rick Snyder’s desk.  


Flint River
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Republicans say a $28 million emergency appropriation for Flint should come with some accountability measures to make sure that money is spent wisely.


Jim Ananich
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Michigan Democratic leaders say Governor Rick Snyder’s Flint apology during his State of the State speech is not enough.  

Michigan State Capitol
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A $54 billion plan to fund schools and state agencies through the next fiscal year has cleared the state Senate.

The Senate’s budget plan includes increases for early childhood reading and school programs in high poverty areas.