Capitol Connection

Abigail Censky, WKAR politics & government reporter
Credit Lindsay Wilkinson Photography

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.

vaping products
Cheyna Roth / MPRN

Vape shop owners and advocates expressed their frustrations Thursday with an upcoming state ban on flavored vaping products.           


family on playground
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

The 2019 school year is well underway…but Michigan superintendents are still waiting for state lawmakers to pass a final education budget. 

 


Michigan House of Representatives
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Marijuana sold in stores would have to have labels warning pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers about the health risks for their fetuses and children under legislation passed Tuesday by the Michigan House.

Gretchen Whitmer, Mike Shirkey, Lee Chatfield
WKAR-MSU

UPDATED at 4:00 p.m.: Negotiations to come up with a long-term plan to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads have been put on hold. Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Republican Legislative leadership announced Monday that their main priority is the budget. 


Michigan Capitol
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

The race would decide which party controlled the Michigan Senate. Right to Life — the state’s leading anti-abortion group — backed the Democrat.


Michigan Capitol
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Republican legislative leaders agreed to a budget framework Thursday and intend to begin passing spending bills next week despite not having a deal with Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

vaping products
Cheyna Roth / MPRN

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is moving to make Michigan the first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes.

Larry Inman
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State Representative Larry Inman’s lawyers have asked a court to toss federal bribery charges that could land him in prison for 20 years.  Inman is trying to fend off claims that he asked unions for campaign donations in exchange for votes. 


Michigan Capitol
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Legislation to prevent doctors from sexually abusing their patients was on the agenda at a state House committee hearing on Tuesday. These bills are part of ongoing efforts started by the legislature last year to curb sexual assault in the state.


Legislation approved by the state House Judiciary Committee this week would slap warning labels on marijuana products warning against use by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. 

Capitol building
File Photo / WKAR-MSU

The state Legislature plans to go back to its normal schedule this week.


Satellite image of Great Lakes
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center / Flickr Creative Commons

Michigan's U.S. senators are seeking more federal funding to continue a wide-ranging Great Lakes cleanup program.

Red flag legislation is perenially re-introduced in Michigan. But, the bills proposing the laws formally known as extreme risk protection orders, which would seize firearms from individuals exhibiting red flags, are stuck in committee.
Alec Gerstenberger, WKAR

After every mass shooting America picks up the conversation on gun reform.  President Donald Trump, top congressional Republicans and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer have all raised so-called, red flag laws as potentially passable legislation after mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. But, the legislation that has been introduced in Michigan is stalled. 

  

Michigan Capital
michigan.gov

The Michigan Republican Party and other Republicans have filed a lawsuit challenging the formation of a redistricting commission to draw congressional and legislative lines.

Sunset
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Michigan lawmakers have been spending the warm months behind the scenes trying to hammer out a state budget and roads plan. But they plan to start meeting publicly again soon.


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