state government

7:42 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Lawmaker Criticizes "Watered Down" Sentencing Reforms

Republican Joe Haveman blasts Attorney General Bill Schuette
LANSING - Calling his bills "gutted," the Michigan lawmaker who proposed a package of criminal sentencing reforms expressed disappointment with how the bills passed the Michigan House of Representatives Thursday. Rep. Joe Haveman, R-Holland, was the driving force behind House Bills 5928-5931.
7:21 am
Fri December 5, 2014

House Passes Bill That Redefines Renewable Energy

Environmentalists say state is taking step backward on renewable energy
LANSING, MI - The Michigan House of Representatives on Thursday passed 63-46 legislation that would count fuel from burning solid waste as a renewable energy source, something environmentalists say is "irresponsible." HB 5205, sponsored by Rep. Aric Nesbitt, R-Lawton, aims to remove barriers to the use of solid waste as a clean energy source.
6:40 am
Fri December 5, 2014

State House Approves Bolger's Road Funding Plan

Critics say plan would harm schools and local governments
LANSING — The state House late Thursday narrowly approved House Speaker Jase Bolger's plan to remove the sales tax on fuel while hiking the gasoline tax, a move Bolger says will raise an extra $1.2 billion a year for roads without increasing taxes.
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3:26 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

"Religious Freedom" Bill Advances in Lansing

Credit Melissa Benmark / WKAR

The State House has approved a "Religious Freedom Restoration Act". It now goes to the state Senate. Despite criticism from opponents,  House Speaker Jase Bolger (R-Marshall) says the bill is not, in his words, "a license to discriminate."

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7:43 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Speed Limits on Rural Highways Could Go to 80 Miles Per Hour

Bills have been introduced in both the state House and Senate
LANSING - Speed limits could go up to 80 miles per hour on rural expressways and points on drivers' licenses for tickets of 5 miles per hour or less would be eliminated under a package of bills that is up for consideration in the state House of Representatives this week.