Michigan Legislature

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. 

  

Gretchen Whitmer Being Interviewed
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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she needs to have budget bills that include new money for roads on her desk by this time next month. But serious negotiations with the Legislature’s Republican leaders have not begun. 


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Republican opponents of Michigan’s new independent redistricting commission are back in court.


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Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

The Michigan Supreme Court will hear arguments on Wednesday on a request for an advisory opinion. The issue revolves around how the state Legislature handled two measures that were headed for the ballot last year.


Michigan's Supreme Court building.
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A state statute raises confusion about the legal age of consent for some crimes.  The Michigan Supreme Court wants clarification.


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UPDATED at 4:00 p.m.: A U-S Supreme Court decision has effectively ended a lawsuit in Michigan that could have resulted in new political district lines for the 20-20 election. A lower federal court had found that Michigan’s lines were unfairly drawn to benefit Republicans.


Right to Life, abortion, petition drive
Cheyna Roth / MPRN

Michigan anti-abortion groups are launching their ballot drive to restrict a common second-trimester abortion procedure they say is "barbaric."


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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday criticized the Republican-led Legislature for starting a "vacation" without a spending deal that includes a major influx of new tax revenue to fix Michigan's deteriorating roads and bridges.

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The Michigan Legislature is close to adding $15 million to a low-interest loan program to help farmers who are grappling with crop losses associated with historic rainfall.

Aretha Franklin
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The Michigan Legislature is honoring the late Queen of Soul with a highway designation.

Gretchen Whitmer Being Interviewed
Rick Pluta / MPRN

The annual Detroit Regional Chamber Policy Conference is underway on Mackinac Island. Thursday, on the Grand Hotel porch, Democrat Gretchen Whitmer signed bipartisan legislation to roll back auto insurance rates in exchange for capping medical coverage.  Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta sat down for a conversation with the Governor.

Gretchen Whitmer
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday defended a pending overhaul of Michigan's auto insurance law, saying treatment for injured drivers will "still be there" if they forego what has been a one-of-its-kind, mandatory unlimited personal injury protection benefit.

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UPDATED Friday at 6:30 p.m.: Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Republican leaders in the Legislature say a deal to roll back auto rates will guarantee lower premiums for years to come. Lawmakers sent the bill to the governor’s desk Friday.


Michigan Capitol
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The future of a ballot-signature law passed last year is unclear.  On Wednesday, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said that parts of the law that adds requirements to the ballot signature process are unconstitutional. Now Republican lawmakers - and others - are working on their next steps.


Attorney General Dana Nessel
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Michigan's attorney general said Wednesday that a Republican-enacted law making it harder to put proposals on the statewide ballot is unconstitutional, declaring that lawmakers had no authority to impose a geographic limit a circulating petitions.

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