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Bills that could bring 75 MPH speed limits on Michigan freeways clears House panel

IMG_1255A state House panel has approved raising speed limits on some Michigan roadways. The bipartisan bills could increase speed limits up to 75 miles-per-hour on interstates. They also include studies that would look at increasing speeds up to 80 miles-per-hour in the future. The legislation also make changes to speed limits on state highways, gravel roads, and in school zones.

It now goes to the full state House.

Michigan lawmakers join 15 other states in introducing privacy legislation

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A bipartisan group of state lawmakers hopes to send privacy protection legislation to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk this year.

Michigan is one of 16 states that have seen privacy protection legislation introduced this month. That’s as it’s become clear political gridlock in Washington will prevent any national legislation from moving in 2016. Continue reading

Attorney wants Gov. Snyder’s Flint emails going back to 2011

Attorney Michael Pitt appearing on the Michigan Public Television program Off the Record to talk about his lawsuit against the state for its handling of the Flint water crisis.

Attorney Michael Pitt appearing on the Michigan Public Television program Off the Record to talk about his lawsuit against the state for its handling of the Flint water crisis.

An attorney who’s suing the state over its handling of the Flint water crisis is after a wide array of electronic communications from state officials.

Michael Pitt says that includes all of Gov. Rick Snyder’s e-mails about Flint going back to 2011.
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Dems call on Snyder to push transparency measures ahead of State of the State

Gov Rick SnyderFlint’s water crisis is expected to be the focus of Governor Rick Snyder’s State of the State speech tonight.

Snyder will likely outline the next phase of his administration’s response to the crisis.

Michigan Democrats are calling for him to also back transparency measures that would – among other things – subject his office and lawmakers to public information requests.

“To clean up state government, and get to the bottom of the Flint water debacle and the other scandals plaguing this Republican-led government,” said Brandon Dillon.

Dillon chairs the Michigan Democratic Party. He’s also calling on the governor to release his e-mails related to Flint’s water crisis.

Scientists blast State Police crime lab THC policy as man fights to get son back

Max Lorincz and his wife Erica Chittenden outside their home in Spring Lake in Ottawa County. The couple has been fighting to be reunited with their son Dante since Max was charged with possessing synthetic THC – a charge some forensic scientists say is absurd. Photo by Rick Pluta

Max Lorincz and his wife Erica Chittenden outside their home in Spring Lake in Ottawa County. The couple has been fighting to be reunited with their son Dante since Max was charged with possessing synthetic THC – a charge some forensic scientists say is absurd. Photo by Rick Pluta

Maxwell Lorincz lives in Spring Lake near Lake Michigan with his wife and their six-year-old son. At least, they did live with their son, until a year and a half ago.

They lost custody of him after Lorincz was charged with a felony for possessing synthetic THC. He’s a card-carrying medical marijuana patient. But that hasn’t helped in his fight to get his son back.

So for now, the family gets unsupervised visits for a few hours every week. Continue reading

Could 2016 be the year of marijuana in Michigan politics?


2016 could bring major changes to the way Michigan treats marijuana.

There are three campaigns hoping to put legalization of recreational marijuana on the November ballot. Two of those groups – who appear to be raising significant money and have been collecting signatures for months – would tax and regulate marijuana for personal use for people 21 and older.
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