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Five members of the Michigan congressional delegation introduced bicameral, bipartisan legislation that would require university leaders to review sex abuse cases involving employees Tuesday.
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A bipartisan group of Michigan’s congressional delegation announced two bills Tuesday that would require reports of sexual assault involving a university employee be reviewed by the highest levels of college administrators.

Lawmakers said the legislation is a direct response to the Larry Nassar abuse scandal at Michigan State University.

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Republican legislative leaders on Wednesday did not rule out the need for tax or other revenue increases to improve Michigan’s deteriorating roads but said they want to see what is proposed by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who promised in her State of the State speech to soon outline a “real” fix.

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate John James of Michigan says he raised $2 million over two-and-a-half weeks for the closing stretch in his bid to defeat Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow.

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Survivors of the former MSU sports doctor abuse were among those who testified for the bills. The legislation would also require adults who work with student athletes to report suspicions of abuse.

A Democratic group backed by former President Barack Obama said this week it plans to invest millions of dollars in state-level elections in Michigan and ten other states this year.

Parents could use tax-free savings accounts to pay for students' school-related expenses including extracurricular activities under legislation that has cleared a divided Michigan Senate.

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Kid Rock for U.S. Senate? The musician from suburban Detroit is teasing his potential 2018 candidacy, though it is news to Michigan Republicans. 

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Certain employees retired from government work would get a tax break under legislation up for likely approval in the Michigan Senate.

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Female genital mutilation bills move through Senate committee.

Hertel: Senate energy bills a 'good compromise'

Nov 11, 2016
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More than a year after beginning the legislative process, the Michigan Senate has passed a pair of comprehensive energy bills.


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A deal to renew federal benefits for the country’s long-term unemployed continues to elude the U.S. Congress. However, supporters of the effort, which include Democrats and a growing number of Republicans, are hopeful of a breakthrough in the Senate this week. There, Senators are looking at two proposals, one from each party.

Terri Lynn Land discusses run for Senate

Jun 6, 2013
Terri Lynn Land

On Monday, Terri Lynn Land became the first Republican to announce her candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat to be vacated by Democrat Carl Levin next year.

Current State #52 | March 26, 2013

Mar 26, 2013

Today on Current State: Curtis Hertel on plans to run for Senate; former congressman advocates for mental health; Lansing City Council president's response to budget proposal; and measuring water quality over the years in the Great Lakes.

Curtis Hertel on running for state Senate in 2014

Mar 26, 2013

Current Ingham County Register of Deeds Curtis Hertel recently announced his plans to run for state Senate for 2014. As of now, he is the only democrat seeking to replace Gretchen Whitmer, who will reach her term limit come 2014.

Current State speaks with Hertel on his future plans for the position. 

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Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-East Lansing)  and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack are urging the GOP-led House to approve a new farm bill when it returns to work after Labor Day.