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A $57 billion spending plan that boosts base K-12 funding and road construction has been approved by the Michigan Legislature.

Rick Snyder

Gov. Rick Snyder has signed into law a plan to repeal and replace Michigan's tax on health insurance claims that is used to help fund Medicaid for low-income residents.


Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation requiring that Michigan driver's licenses or state ID cards not exceed the duration of a noncitizen's legal presence in the United States.

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November is months away. But the group that put recreational marijuana use on the general election ballot is already planning how to convince voters to mark ‘yes.’

Capital correspondent Cheyna Roth reports the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol is getting some outside help.

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Some lawmakers in Lansing are trying – once again –  to tackle the state’s car insurance rates. Michigan’s rates are among the highest in the nation.

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An adult testifying in court in a criminal case cannot bring an emotional support animal to the stand.  

As we hear from Capitol Bureau Chief Rick Pluta, the Michigan Court of Appeals made that ruling in a decision released Friday.   


A bipartisan coalition of U.S. mayors called Friday for policies to curb gun violence and pledged to support immigrant communities as it kicked off a four-day gathering in Boston to tackle issues impacting cities.

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The Michigan appeals court says adults testifying in court can't be accompanied by a support animal.


The Michigan Court of Appeals ordered Thursday that an anti-political gerrymandering measure be placed on the November ballot, rejecting opponents' contention that the proposed constitutional amendment is too expansive and does not list all sections that would be abrogated.

Michigan residents in the Healthy Michigan insurance program are a signature away from mandated work requirements.

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A school-safety plan advancing in Michigan's Legislature would require all school districts to develop an emergency operations plan and consult with law enforcement before the construction or renovation of a school building.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed is proposing a single-payer health care system to provide medical insurance to every Michigan resident until age 65.

Prevailing wage is now a thing of Michigan’s past. The House and Senate passed an initiative Wednesday to get rid of the law that requires workers be paid union-level wages on public contracts.

The state Legislature is getting closer to requiring that people in the Healthy Michigan insurance program work to get those benefits. The bill is now one vote away from the governor’s desk.

WKAR Special Report: Marijuana in Michigan
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Michigan voters will decide whether to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.