Michigan Legislature

Max Bischel
Derek Brookmeyer

Michigan’s Legislature voted Wednesday to legalize sports betting and internet gambling. The federal ban was lifted by the Supreme Court in 2018.

The bills approved will expand options for gamblers in Michigan, which will become the 20th state to authorize sports wagers and the fifth to allow casino-style games to be played online.

Current Sports host Al Martin invited Max Bischel of Gambling.com to discuss how big of an impact this could have on the state’s economy.


Michigan Capitol
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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Monday she wants to pause the implementation of work requirements for adults in Michigan’s Medicaid expansion program until a lawsuit is resolved, but doing so would require an agreement from Republican lawmakers.

Attorney General Dana Nessel
Cheyna Roth

The state Attorney General has recommendations for changes to bills on expunging criminal records. The bills are up for debate in the state Legislature.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
Cheyna Roth

Governor Gretchen Whitmer wants Republican leaders to come to the bargaining table. 


Cheyna Roth / MPRN

Governor Gretchen Whitmer says the budgets on their way to her desk are “a mess.”

Michigan House of Representatives
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The Republican-led Michigan Legislature on Thursday gave final approval to a K-12 budget that would boost base per-student funding for most schools by $240, or 3%.

Michigan Capitol
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Michigan's Legislature has approved a bill that would exempt some Medicaid recipients from having to meet monthly reporting rules if the state can verify their compliance with work requirements through other data.

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. 


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


Michigan Supreme Court wide
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.
WKAR-MSU

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


michigan congressional districts
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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."


Michigan legislature
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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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