Michigan Constitution

Gretchen Whitmer
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Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday tried to stop speculation that local governments and state universities risk losing funding if they have COVID-19 vaccine or mask mandates. Republicans put language to that effect in the state budget the governor signed this week. The governor did not veto the language, but she also said it’s not enforceable. Rick Pluta explains. 

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The Legislature’s Republican leaders are suing Governor Gretchen Whitmer.  They say she’s exceeded her emergency authority to deal with the COVID-19 health crisis and violated the state constitution.  We have more from Rick Pluta.


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A liberal advocacy group has taken an early step to put a proposed amendment to the state constitution on the ballot this year.  As we hear from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta. it would place new controls on lobbying state elected officials.


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The Michigan Court of Appeals has cleared up some uncertainty about the state’s spending requirements for local governments.  Cheyna Roth has more.


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The Michigan Supreme Court heard arguments on whether it was legal for the state Legislature to adopt citizen-led ballot initiatives last year…and then quickly change them.  Cheyna Roth was in court for the proceedings.


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The Michigan Supreme Court says the state’s tribal governments do not fall under a constitutional provision that can prevent some people from running for office.  Cheyna Roth has more.


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The Michigan Supreme Court will take another look at whether it’s ever OK for taxpayer dollars to go to private or parochial schools.  As Rick Pluta reports, the court is responding to a challenge against state budgets.


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This week on "In the Public Interest," 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry speaks with the immediate past president of League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area, Sue Smith, about the process of redrawing Michigan's voting districts following the passage last fall of Proposal 2.


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This week on "In the Public Interest" our bi-weekly conversation with the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area, 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with league member and lawyer Margaret Leary about all the elements included in Proposal 3 voters will decide on when they vote in the coming election on November 6th.


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A federal judge says an independent candidate for Michigan’s Attorney General might be able to go on the ballot.  That is, if he has 5,000 valid signatures.


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A state law that allows tax dollars to go to private and parochial schools is making its way through the courts.  The Michigan Court of Appeals heard arguments in the lawsuit against the state on Tuesday.


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The Michigan Supreme Court won’t decide if a controversial practice by the Grand Rapids Police Department is constitutional.  It did make a decision that advocates say could improve police relations in the future.


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The Michigan Supreme Court is wrapping up its business before the end of its term on Tuesday.  One case they will likely decide this week is about a ballot initiative to change the way the state draws its political district lines.


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The Michigan Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday about whether a redistricting proposal can go on the November ballot.


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The Michigan Supreme Court will hear arguments this week about whether a redistricting measure can go on the November ballot.  This is the last stop for the contentious proposal.


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A ballot measure aimed at improving access to voting was turned over to the Secretary of State Monday.  Monday was the last day for citizen-initiated proposals to amend the state constitution to turn in their signatures for review by the Bureau of Elections.


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The Legislature has sent Governor Rick Snyder the new state budget, including a provision that attempts to cut funding to Planned Parenthood.


League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area
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In this week's bi-weekly conversation with the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area, 89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry talks with Sue Smith, a member of the Ann Arbor area league and a board member of the League of Women Voters of Michigan.


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The state says now is not the time to rule on whether a candidate for governor is eligible to run.  That could mean the question will wait until after Democratic voters make their choice in the primary.

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The state Senate passed legislation sponsors say will increase the rights of victims of sexual assault.


Michigan Supreme Court
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The Michigan Supreme Court will decide whether it’s legal for judges to order defendants to pay fees and court costs.  A defendant says that violates the state constitution.


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A new campaign wants to put a voters’ bill of rights into the state constitution.  Backers plan to launch a petition drive to place the question on the November ballot.


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A state appeals court says a former tribal police chief who pleaded guilty to fraud charges can’t run for state or local political offices.  The case will now go to the state Supreme Court.


Ballot Box
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A grassroots group that wants to get an anti-gerrymandering proposal on the 2018 ballot is looking to make progress this week. 


Classroom
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A judge says the state cannot reimburse private and parochial schools for any expenses, even if they’re the result of state mandates.  The judge was responding to a legal challenge to the state budget


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A controversial portion of the state’s budget will be in court today.


Battle Of Public Schools Vs. The State Continues

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Public schools and the state were in court over concerns with a portion of the state budget


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The ballot campaign to adopt a part-time Legislature amendment in Michigan decided to skip getting its petition approved by a state elections board.  The leader of the campaign, Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, says he’s comfortable fighting any challenges in court.


Michigan Hall of Justice
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The Michigan Court of Appeals has put a lawsuit regarding state money for private schools on hold while it decides who can be part of it. 


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Democrats in Lansing have renewed the mission to create a Voter Bill of Rights.


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