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Controversy stirs around bill limiting information requests on infrastructure

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The public would not be able to obtain certain information about pipelines and other infrastructure under legislation in the state House.

Supporters of House Bill 4540 say it’s an attempt to protect critical infrastructure from being attacked. Continue reading

State Senate unanimous in approving limits on e-cigarettes

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It would be a $50 fine to sell electronic cigarettes to minors under a bill that cleared the state Senate on Wednesday.

Critics say the misdemeanor and fine imposed under Senate Bill 231 won’t go far enough to limit e-cigarettes sales. Continue reading

Statewide teacher evaluation bill clears big hurdle in the state Senate

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A bill meant to improve teacher evaluations across Michigan has cleared the state Senate.

Similar legislation never got out of the Senate last year. Bill sponsor state Sen. Phil Pavlov (R-St. Clair) says Senate Bill 103 relies less on state standardized tests to evaluate teachers and administrators. Continue reading

Snyder: Helping inmates find jobs key to stopping cycle of crime

prison 11-26-13Gov. Rick Snyder outlined a public safety agenda on Monday that includes parole and sentencing reforms, job training for inmates, and more help finding a job once they’re released from prison.

Snyder says there are data-driven ways to reduce the state’s prison population without compromising public safety. Continue reading

State Senate to consider prevailing wage repeal next week

The state Senate will move forward with legislation to end prevailing wage requirements in Michigan. The state and many communities require that workers on publicly-funded construction projects get union-level pay and benefits. Continue reading

Snyder renews opposition to open carry in schools as pro-gun activists rally at Capitol

Pro-gun activists rallied outside the state Capitol on Tuesday for their annual ‘Second Amendment March’ openly carrying firearms.

Pro-gun activists rallied outside the state Capitol on Tuesday for their annual ‘Second Amendment March’ openly carrying firearms.

Gov. Rick Snyder is renewing his support for banning openly carrying firearms in Michigan schools. Continue reading

Democrats blast proposed state House budget for funding Senate office move

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The state House could approve its budget priorities as soon as this week.

Democrats held events on Monday to criticize one item that would fund a controversial deal allowing the state Senate to move its offices to an upscale building next to the Capitol in downtown Lansing.

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Lawmakers take aim at antiquated, duplicative reporting requirements for schools

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State lawmakers could rethink how much and what kind of information schools are required to report to the state.

Schools must report financial, academic, and other information. But school groups often complain the number of mandated reports diverts too much time and too many resources away from classroom instruction.

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