Michigan Legislature

Melissa Benmark / WKAR

(MPRN-Lansing) The Michigan Senate will interrupt its summer recess and return to the state Capitol this week. 

Rick Pluta, The Michigan Public Radio Network

(MPRN-Lansing) There are now two desks on the floor of the state House draped with black ribbon and bedecked with flowers. Lawmakers returned to the state Capitol Tuesday to the news that state Representative Peter Pettalia (R-Presque Isle) was killed Monday evening in a motorcycle crash. 

(MPRN-Undated) The sponsor of the law to repeal Michigan’s mandatory helmet law was killed Monday night in a motorcycle crash. It’s not known if state Representative Peter Pettalia was wearing a helmet when he died. 


(MPRN-Lansing) A legislative committee heads to Flint Tuesday to hear from local officials and residents about the city’s water crisis. 

(MPRN-Lansing) Former state House Speaker Curtis Hertel has died at the age of 63. He is remembered by Democrats and Republicans as a leader willing to compromise to make government work.