Michigan Senate

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A divided Michigan Senate has voted to delay a requirement that farm animals confined in small cages and stalls be given more room.

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The Republican-led Michigan Senate has passed a $58 billion budget plan that is at odds with Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's proposal, primarily over road and education funding.

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Michigan students are a signature away from getting four snow days forgiven after a brutal winter left some schools closed for weeks. The state Senate sent the bill to Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s desk Thursday. 

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Michigan students may not get any additional snow days forgiven this year. 

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Republicans and Democrats in the state Senate have voted to get tougher on retailers that sell nicotine-infused vaping products to minors. Public health groups said the legislation falls short. Capitol Correspondent Rick Pluta reports.


Under a new package of bills in the state Senate people on probation or in prison for marijuana related crimes could have their sentences reduced or eliminated.

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Legislation advancing in Michigan would combat mail theft that law enforcers say is an increasing problem across the state.

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For the first time in years, the state Legislature has overturned a governor’s executive order. 

Michigan Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer
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Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s plans to restructure the state Department of Environmental Quality could be over.

Michigan House of Representatives
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State senators and representatives will officially return to Lansing this week for the Legislature’s 100th session. Republicans have controlled the state Legislature for years and this session will be no different, but Democrats have picked up seats in both chambers.

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The Republican-led Michigan Senate voted Thursday to strip campaign finance oversight from the secretary of state and have a bipartisan commission handle the functions instead, less than a month before a Democrat leads the office for the first time in two dozen years.

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The Michigan Senate voted Wednesday to facilitate a deal to replace a contentious 65-year-old oil pipeline in the Great Lakes, approving legislation to empower a new authority to oversee the construction and operation of a utility tunnel that would encase the new pipeline.

Michigan Panel Oks Scaling Back Minimum Wage, Sick Time Laws

Nov 28, 2018
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Michigan's Republican-led Legislature began voting Wednesday to substantially scale back citizen-initiated minimum wage and paid sick leave laws, making changes requested by a business lobby that criticized the new requirements as expensive and burdensome.

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A black Detroit lawmaker has apologized for using racial slurs against an Asian-American opponent for state Senate.

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President Donald Trump is endorsing John James in Michigan's Republican primary for U.S. Senate, tweeting that he rarely has seen such a "spectacular" candidate with "such great potential."