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The leader of the state Senate says – quote – “absolutely not” to a proposal from the Michigan Secretary of State.

       Senator Mike Shirkey  is a firm no when it comes to increasing financial disclosure requirements for lawmakers.

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says elected officials should be required to disclose any outside income, investments, travel or gifts they got as candidates or after they were elected.

All three branches of Michigan government are on board with a plan to explore the state’s jail system.

This is part of an ongoing trend in Lansing to explore ways to improve the state’s criminal justice system.

Flanked by representatives from the Michigan Supreme Court, state Legislature, and law enforcement – Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order creating a new task force.

It will collect data from the jails in the state to learn more about who is in jail and why.

Survivors of sexual assault told the Michigan State University Board of Trustees today (Fri) that its actions speak louder than words.

Michigan State University has spent more than a year trying to turn itself around after revelations about former school sports doctor Larry Nassar  surfaced. Nassar sexually assaulted his patients for decades.

A bill in Lansing would penalize medical marijuana facilities for operating without a license. The bill was voted out of a House committee today.

Lawmakers and licensed facilities are concerned about people dragging their feet through the licensing process and getting to operate with a temporary license. They say it’s unfair.

But some operators are appealing denials of their licenses – and say they deserve due process and the ability to stay open.

Former Michigan State University president Lou Anna Simon was in court today.

A judge is deciding whether Simon should stand trial for charges that she lied to law enforcement.

The charges hinge on what Simon knew about a 20-14 internal investigation into Larry Nassar – the former school sports doctor convicted of sexually assaulting his patients. Simon told law enforcement she didn’t know specifics about Nassar or the investigation until 20-16.

During the hearing, prosecutors tried to show that mistakes were made at M-S-U…Giving Simon a motive to lie.

A task force led by Michigan lawmakers in D-C wants to ensure that veterans exposed to harmful chemicals get healthcare.

       Multiple federal lawmakers from Michigan are on a task force aimed at combating P-FAS  contamination. That’s a family of chemicals found in drinking water and groundwater across the state.

Lawmakers introduced legislation to require that veterans and their families receive full healthcare coverage for problems stemming from PFAS exposure.

The state of Michigan has promised to make sure adoption and foster agencies that receive state money do not discriminate against same sex couples.

Attorney General Dana Nessel announced a settlement in an ongoing federal lawsuit between the state and same sex couples. The couples tried to adopt through an agency that contracts with the state. But they were denied services because of their sexual orientation. The agency cited religious beliefs.

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The first bill signed into law by Governor Gretchen Whitmer was passed unanimously by the state Legislature.

The new law will keep a judge’s seat in a court in the Upper Peninsula. The current judge is retiring and a 20-12 law would have gotten rid of the seat. But that would have meant that only one district court judge would have been responsible for three counties – and more than 100 miles of the state.

A lawsuit against former Attorney General Bill Schuette will be decided by the highest court in Michigan.

Several years ago, Progress Michigan started what would become a years long court battle with then-attorney general Bill Schuette. The case is over whether Schuette and members of his office used private emails for public business.

       Now the Michigan Supreme Court will decide if the attorney general’s office needs to do a review of all personal emails from Schuette’s time in office and turn over any that involve state business.

State lawmakers want to give librarians immunity from any issues that could arise if they administer opioid overdose medication.

       A state house committee passed the bills today.

The quiet, secluded nature of libraries makes them an attractive place for some drug users to get their fix.

Librarians can administer overdose medication like NARCAN. But some don’t carry it because they could be sued if something goes wrong.