State Government

Kevin Lavery, WKAR

(MPRN-Lansing) Bills meant to crack down on teacher “sickout” protests are moving forward in the Michigan Senate. The bills would define the sickouts as illegal teacher strikes in state law. 

"LANSING, MI — The debate over Great Lakes fish farming is picking up speed in Lansing, where two hearings are scheduled this week on competing Republican bills that would expand or outright ban commercial net-pen aquaculture in Michigan waters." (MLive)


(MPRN-Lansing) State lawmakers say they’ve reached a deal to increase speed limits on some Michigan roadways. 

"Michigan's 15 public universities are hoping to convince legislators to establish "consistent and sufficient" funding in this year's budget cycle, even as requests grow to use spare state money to deal with crises in Flint and the Detroit Public Schools." (Detroit Free Press)

"Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said his office cannot legally defend both Gov. Rick Snyder and individual employees of the state Department of Environmental Quality in a lawsuit filed over the Flint water crisis." (Detroit News)