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Gov. Snyder signs bills allowing drivers to show electronic proof of insurance

rick-snyder-mugjpg-446cf7790e6a2ea6Michigan drivers will be able to show electronic proof of insurance during traffic stops.

That’s under a bill Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law on Wednesday.

The new law will take effect in 90 days. Until then, drivers are still required to carry a physical copy of their proof of insurance or face court-imposed fines.

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Michigan would stop charging, imprisoning 17-year-olds as adults under bills

State Rep. Harvey Santana (D-Detroit) and other bill sponsors unveil legislation to overhaul Michigan’s juvenile justice system in Michigan.

State Rep. Harvey Santana (D-Detroit) and other bill sponsors unveil legislation to overhaul Michigan’s juvenile justice system in Michigan.

Michigan would stop automatically charging 17-year-olds as adults under new bills in the state House.
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State wrapping up public input on new science and social studies standards

School-GenericThe public comment period is winding down for proposed new state science and social studies standards. The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) will hold three public meetings on the standards this week.
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Community colleges looking to bankroll new Highland Park K-14 school system

School desksState and local officials may be close to a deal to create a new K-14 school system in Highland Park.

A number of community colleges are interested in bankrolling much of the revamped system, according to people involved in the talks. Continue reading

Bill to bolster third grade reading clears state House panel

books-13A bipartisan bill meant to strengthen reading skills by the third grade has cleared a state House committee.

New language in House Bill 4822 encourages schools to adopt summer reading camps for students who fall behind.
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Compensation for wrongful imprisonment clears state Senate panel

jailThe state would compensate people who are wrongfully imprisoned under a bill that cleared a state Senate committee on Tuesday.

People found to be innocent after serving time would get $60,000 for every year they were incarcerated.

Senate Bill 291 now goes to the full state Senate.

Similar legislation cleared a state House panel earlier this year, but House Bill 4536 has since stalled on the House floor.

Lawmakers try again to add criminal penalties for coercing abortion

Capital_Building_LansingPeople would face criminal penalties for coercing someone to have an abortion under a bill in the state House.

Republican state lawmakers have been trying to add the penalties for years. Supporters say prosecutors should have them as a tool to crack down on domestic abuse.
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Child and Adult Protective Services workers win more overtime pay

moneyMichigan Child and Adult Protective Services workers are eligible for more overtime pay after a recent arbitration decision. There are now more situations that qualify on-call employees working at home for overtime.
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Todd Courser to run again for seat he resigned last week

State Rep. Todd Courser (R-Lapeer)

State Rep. Todd Courser (R-Lapeer)

Former state Rep. Todd Courser is running again for the state House seat he resigned last week. Courser filed shortly after 3 p.m. on Friday to run in a special election for the seat.

Courser admitted to trying to cover up an affair with former state Rep. Cindy Gamrat (R-Plainwell), who was expelled for her part in the scandal. Gamrat filed to run for her former seat on Thursday.
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Courser/Gamrat scandal shows need to subject governor, lawmakers to FOIA

Michigan-State-HouseDemocrats are renewing their push to subject the governor and lawmakers to public information requests. They point to recent expulsion hearings for now-former representatives Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat.

State Representative Jeremy Moss says the state House’s investigation into the lawmakers should have been vetted in the media.
Some lawmakers say they’re concerned about keeping constituents’ personal information private if the Legislature is subject to Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act.