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West Michigan Congressman Bill Huizenga faces an ethics investigation. A bipartisan committee has voted to go ahead with an inquiry into Disney World trips paid for with campaign funds.

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An insurance industry group says a fee charged to many Michigan drivers will drop by more than half. That’s due to a change in the state’s auto insurance law.

Michigan no longer requires every driver to carry accident insurance that pays lifetime medical benefits for people injured in car crashes. That policy change means the fee to pay for those benefits will drop to 100 dollars a year. The Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association says that’s a 55 percent reduction. Drivers who choose less coverage won’t have to pay the fee at all.

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Republicans in Lansing are proposing more changes to the state’s budget process. New bills would require the Legislature to deliver budget bills to the governor’s desk by July first.

This is taking place as the Legislature’s Republican leaders and Governor Gretchen Whitmer are trying to improve their working relationship during a budget staredown.

  

Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she’s hopeful talks with the Legislature’s GOP leaders could soon lead to a new budget deal. An agreement could restore many of her line-item vetoes and other budget cuts.

The cuts are proving to be very unpopular in areas represented by Republicans, as well as areas represented by Democrats.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer is asking the Michigan Supreme Court to reinstate her emergency ban on the sale of flavored vaping products in Michigan. 
 

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer wants Michigan to have more generous standards to guarantee overtime pay for salaried workers.
 

Governor Whitmer used a small retail business in Detroit as the setting for her announcement. She says there are nearly 200 thousand salaried workers in the state who should qualify for overtime.

“That’s how we grow our economy. That’s how we create and protect jobs. And that’s how we protect people who are truly working and trying to get ahead.”

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The state Senate Republican leader is in discussions with the ballot campaign that succeeded in passing an amendment that changed how legislative and congressional districts are drawn in Michigan.
                His target is the state’s term limits in legislators.

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Licensed mental health counselors in the state will be allowed to continue diagnosing and treating patients under a bill adopted today by the state Senate.
                The bill is now in its way to Governor Gretchen Whitmer for her to sign or veto.

Lawmakers have been flooded with messages on social media and voicemail as well as visits to their offices. Licensed counselors say new rules being enacted by the state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs would put them out of business.

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The legislation would make Michigan’s concealed gun laws a lot more like the open-carry firearm rules.  Open carry in Michigan does not require a license.

Republican state Representative Beau LaFave says right now, it’s too easy for well-intentioned gun owners to run afoul of the law.

18 This will keep a lot of law-abiding citizens from becoming felons.”

16 The more people have guns, the more likely they are to use them.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer met again today with the Legislature’s Republican leaders. The GOP leaders say they want some promises from the governor before they’ll talk about restoring some of her budget vetoes.

The governor used a complex but legal power to veto line items and move the money elsewhere. But that move that cut money to several popular programs – outraging Republicans and Democrats.

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