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LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The state House narrowly passed a charter school bill Thursday. 

It would let charter schools qualify for countywide tax millage dollars. That’s money that previously has gone to traditional public schools. The Senate bill has been waiting for a full House vote since last year.

Representative Tim Kelly (R-Saginaw) chairs the House Education Reform committee. He said all students should be treated equally.

State launches new tool for school transparency

Jan 10, 2018

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan parents now have a new tool to vet their child’s school. 

The state launched the Parent Dashboard for School Transparency Tuesday. It’s an online site with information about schools in Michigan. The data includes things like test results and student to teacher ratios. Parents can use the information to see how their kid’s school is doing and to compare it to other schools across the state.

But state Board of Education co-president, Richard Zeile said the dashboard isn’t just useful to parents.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The state Legislature returns this week, and one committee is set to see a lot of action.

Judiciary is often one of the busiest committees. Republican Jim Runestad is committee chair. He says there is a plethora of bills he’s eager to dive into. They include issues like openly carrying a firearm and property forfeiture by police.

Runestead says he wants to get into these big – and in some cases controversial – issues as soon as possible.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Rick Snyder’s administration is looking at making changes to state tax laws early in 2018. That’s after it discovered the new federal tax law could have an impact on Michigan resident’s wallets.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The state’s pipeline safety board wants a controversial line temporarily shut down. 

Enbridge’s Line Five has been under the microscope lately about problems with the protective coating.  Now the board has made recommendations after Governor Rick Snyder struck a deal with Enbridge.  

Two weeks ago, the governor and Enbridge agreed to new safety measures for Line 5, which is the pipeline runs through the Straits of Mackinac.

LANSING, MI--   The state has announced the price tag for applications to grow, sell or transport medical marijuana: $6,000. 

It’s a one-time, non-refundable fee. That’s on top of up to $5,000 that municipalities can charge for an application.

The fee is meant to cover the costs of a background investigation and processing the application.

Andrew Brisbo is with the state Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation. He says the background investigation is in-depth, which is why it costs so much.

Lawmakers step in on school mascot issue

Nov 13, 2017

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Democrats in Lansing want to make schools get rid of mascots that may be considered racially insensitive. 

The legislation would prevent all kinds of potentially racially insensitive monikers – from the Escanaba Eskymos to the Athens Indians.

Some schools say they aren’t racist and the communities have a proud history with these mascots.

Democratic Senator Ian Conyers is a bill sponsor. He says, “I think the control of those appropriations, especially on high school levels, should be up to the people whose heritage is being defined.”

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The state is taking a synchronized approach to fighting the hepatitis A outbreak.

It’s activated two emergency centers. Through the centers, the state will organize a plan to prevent

hepatitis A. It will then guide local public health officials in prevention and investigation of cases.

“This is about public health,” said Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley. “This is about our individuals who are out there just living their lives and we need to make sure that we’re doing everything that we can to prevent the spread of hepatitis A.”

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LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The state department that regulates medical marijuana will allow dispensaries to stay open while details get worked out about how licenses will be issued.

The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) originally considered giving marijuana shops until mid-December to close their doors – or risk not getting a license. Numerous patients and dispensary owners spoke out against the decision. They said it would hurt a patient’s ability to get their medication.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan schools aren’t quite on board with legislation to teach more skilled trades and technical education in schools. But with a few changes, they might get there soon.

Bills in a state House committee would, among other things, require schools to adopt a model program for career exploration and job readiness. The Department of Education would have to come up with a model as well. That model program would help teachers with career development to get kids thinking about what they want their career to be from a young age.