Michigan Legislature

8:57 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Group submits petition language for part-time Legislature in Michigan

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325,000 signatures would be required to get proposed amendment to state Constitution on ballot
LANSING, MI -- A group seeking to " restore Michigan's part-time Legislature" by amending the state Constitution has turned its petition language in to the Bureau of Elections for review. If the petitions are approved in form, committee chair Norm Kammeraad said the group will try to collect up to 400,000 signatures by June with hopes of placing the proposal on the November ballot.
6:22 am
Tue January 21, 2014

State lawmakers consider new regulations on scrap metal sales

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Governor Snyder briefly mentioned issue in last week's State of the State Address
Michigan lawmakers are scrapping to find a consensus to combat an epidemic of precious metals theft, a situation that frustrates law enforcement officials, victims and area recycling yards. At the center of the controversy is a behind-the-scenes battle over establishing more regulations and waiting periods before a scrap metal sale can be completed.
6:30 am
Fri January 10, 2014

State House Republicans say tax breaks now at top of their agenda

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Bolger says tax relief should be targeted toward individuals and help working families
LANSING - With an estimated state budget surplus of nearly $1 billion expected over the next three years, Republicans in the Legislature are placing some sort of tax break at the top of their 2014 agenda, Speaker of the House Jase Bolger, R-Marshall, said Thursday.
12:00 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Medicaid expansion, other new laws to take effect in 2014

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House Speaker Jase Bolger praises common-sense measures. Democratic Leader says last two weeks disappointing
Medicaid health coverage for the poor is scheduled to expand to 470,000 more Michiganians this year because of new laws passed last year that also resulted in hunters stalking wolves for the first time in 48 years and indigent criminal defendants being entitled to better representation.
6:57 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Senate Republicans move to send lawsuits against state out of Ingham County

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Ingham County Circuit Court has had jurisdiction over major lawsuits against state since 1970's
LANSING, MI -- Michigan's Republican-led Senate on Wednesday approved a significant shakeup to the state's legal system that Democrats decried as a partisan ploy to protect problematic laws. Senate Bill 652, fast-tracked after introduction last week and approved in a party-line vote, would move major litigation against the state government out of the Ingham County Circuit Court, which has had jurisdiction over such cases since the 1970s.