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State Representative Roy Schmidt took his seat Wednesday on the Republican side of the state House chamber for the first time since he stunned Democrats by switching parties without warning.

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It is now up to the Michigan Court of Appeals to decide whether state financial review teams must meet in public.

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The state Senate has adopted a budget amendment that would effectively lift Michigan’s ban on smoking at some charity events.

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The debate at the state Capitol to get rid of Michigan’s tax on most industrial equipment began Wednesday with a Senate hearing.

Bills to add regulations to Michigan’s voter-approved medical marijuana law are waiting on action from the Legislature when it returns from a two-week spring break.