Michigan Legislature

"Public officials are paying tribute to Harry Gast, a former Republican state senator from Berrien County who died today, July 30, at age 94. Gast served in the Michigan Legislature from 1971 until 2002, when he was forced to retire because of term limits." (Kalamazoo gazette)

A race-related debate is causing some tensions in the state Senate after an attempt to rewrite a resolution commemorating the end of slavery. 

"LANSING – The Michigan Legislature has passed plenty of bills in the first six months of the legislative session." (Detroit Free Press)

LANSING, MI — The Michigan Senate has canceled its traditional "in-district work period" this summer as lawmakers attempt to craft a long-term road funding in the wake of Proposal 1's historic failure. Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, announced Tuesday that more than 30 additional session days have been added to the calendar for June, July, August and September. (MLive)

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(MPRN-Lansing) The state House has begun an effort to scrub outdated laws from the books.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.