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Starting in October 2021, 17-year-olds will no longer automatically be treated as adults in Michigan’s criminal justice system. 


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Some Michigan lawmakers think women need to be warned of the potential dangers of using marijuana while pregnant.

A state Senate committee approved a budget provision to financially penalize communities with sanctuary city policies. 

Michigan students may not get any additional snow days forgiven this year. 

The state Senate unanimously passed a bill Tuesday that would have forgiven four state declared emergency snow days. But after that vote, several Democrats voted to not give the bill immediate effect. It’s a procedural move which renders the bill useless because it would not take effect until well after the school year has ended.

The leader of the state Senate Republicans says he’s not in favor of the Secretary of State’s call for candidates to disclose their financial information.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed her first bill into law Thursday. The new law will keep a judge’s seat in a court in the Upper Peninsula. 

Hourly workers at schools are concerned about a bill in the state House that saves schools from having to make up some snow days. 

The Department of Health and Human Services office in Cheboygan.
Owen Goslin

Last fall the state changed the way it processes benefits like food stamps and emergency heating assistance.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services created a new system called the “universal caseload.” State officials said it would be quicker and more efficient, but that hasn't been the case.


The state Attorney General is working with lawmakers to make sure the wrongfully imprisoned are compensated.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order to restructure the Department of Environmental Quality could be overturned before any changes are made. 

Some lawmakers in Lansing want to finish what they started last year when it comes to police taking property.

Michigan groups protest lame duck bills

Dec 4, 2018

Several Michigan groups joined together Monday to protest bills being pushed through the lame duck session that they say would hurt working families.

Joe Shlabotni

Two years ago, President Donald Trump won election despite losing the popular vote to Hilary Clinton by nearly three million votes.

That’s because of the Electoral College, a system set up in the Constitution gives votes – or electors – to each state based on population.

Today is the official start of the lame-duck period for Michigan’s 98th Legislature.

Some of us remember the frenetic pace of the lame-duck in 2012, when state lawmakers passed something like 300 bills. That included "right to work" and a new emergency manager law to replace the one voters had just repealed.

Zach Gorchow, editor of Gongwer News Service, joined Stateside to discuss what’s on the to-do list this year during lame duck.

 

The federal government offered help with Flint’s Legionella outbreak, and the state of Michigan turned the offer down.

That’s what MLive reporter Ron Fonger has learned from Environmental Protection Agency documents released through the Freedom of Information Act.