Capitol Connection

Abigail Censky, WKAR politics & government reporter
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From the Statehouse to Capitol Hill, WKAR is committed to explaining how lawmakers decisions affect Michiganders. Look, read, and listen here for conversations with people across Michigan about what drives their vote. Politics and Government Reporter Abigail Censky will be talking to politicians, Michiganders and 2020 hopefuls to bring you the people behind Michigan politics.

Stories in this section also come from the MPRN Capitol Bureau Chief Rick Pluta, MPRN Capitol Correspondent Cheyna Roth and the Associated Press.

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There is a ray of good news as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer prepares to renew her push for major new spending to fix Michigan’s roads and bridges: Republican legislative leaders say addressing the funding is a priority for them, too.

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People could pick up prescriptions at Michigan pharmacies that are not staffed by an on-site pharmacist under a bill that cleared the Legislature on Wednesday and will go to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for her signature.

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The public can bring laptops, tablets and phones into Michigan courthouses under a groundbreaking policy announced Wednesday by the state Supreme Court.

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A group launched a 2020 ballot initiative Tuesday to expand Michigan’s civil rights law to include anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people, a step that would put the issue to voters if the Republican-led Legislature does not pass the measure.

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President Donald Trump’s nominee to serve as the top federal prosecutor in Grand Rapids has been held up by Michigan’s two Democratic senators.

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An overhaul of Michigan’s auto insurance system topped the list of new laws in 2019.

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Michigan’s recreational marijuana businesses started selling cannabis Sunday and sold more than $200,000 worth of product. There are now four marijuana stores open for business.


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The Michigan Department of Corrections says it will be able to keep its tether program up and running through 2020. The program tracks an estimated four-thousand people on probation, parole, and supervised release.

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Lawmakers return to Lansing next week. There are three scheduled weeks of session before the end of the year, and Legislative leaders are hoping to make the best of it.

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Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist became the first African American Lieutenant Governor to sign a bill into law Thursday.

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A Michigan public policy research firm says long-term disinvestment by the state is hurting municipal revenues. 

 


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Democratic and Republican leaders are hopeful they will reach a deal on a supplemental budget. But it looks like that won’t happen until after Thanksgiving. The House and Senate are on break. Though they have one tentative session day scheduled next week.

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Democratic lawmakers are criticizing remarks by Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake). 

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A federal lawsuit against two Detroit-area Kohls Department Stores can go forward. The stores in Novi and Northville are accused of violating the Americans With Disabilities Act. Daimeon Mosley from Arizona says their bathrooms are not accessible.

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Lawmakers still harbor hard feelings and mistrust over Governor Whitmer’s budget vetoes and her use of an administrative board to move money from one program to another. The Legislature’s leadership has been meeting with the governor -- and Whitmer said they seemed close to a bargain.

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