Michigan Legislature

Kevin Lavery, WKAR

(MPRN-Lansing) The state House has begun an effort to scrub outdated laws from the books. Some of the early targets include bans on cursing in front of women and children, playing the national anthem in movie theaters, and selling dyed chicks and bunnies. 

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(Lansing-MPRN) State lawmakers are debating whether someone should face penalties if they fail to act when they know someone else is in danger. A state Senate panel is holding hearings on the concept – but no bill has been introduced yet. 

Melissa Benmark, WKAR

(Lansing-MPRN) A state lawmaker says it’s time to subject the governor’s office and the Legislature to Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). State Rep. Brandon Dillon (D-Grand Rapids) says he’ll introduced the bill soon. 

House Republicans Present Policy Goals

Feb 6, 2015
Kevin Lavery, WKAR

State House Republicans on Thursday rolled out a long list of policy goals for the next two years. The first item on the list is legislation to ban prevailing wage requirements in Michigan. 

Death Penalty Bill May Not Get Far

Feb 5, 2015

It looks unlikely that a proposal to allow the death penalty in Michigan will go anywhere this term.

A resolution in the state Senate would allow the death penalty for people convicted of murdering police officers in the line of duty.

But the Republican chair of the committee considering the measure – who also happens to be a former police officer - says he will not support the measure.

“If a mistake is made, we can’t dig somebody up and say we’re sorry,” said Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge.

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