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12:04 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Governor considering Casperson wood stove bill

State Senator Tom Casperson

LANSING, MI--   A bill that protects wood-burning stoves from falling under Environmental Protection Agency air quality rules has passed the Michigan Legislature.  

Sponsored by Senator Tom Casperson of Escanaba, Senate Bill 910 prohibits the Department of Environmental Quality from regulating wood-burning stoves through rules and from enforcing any EPA regulations that limit emissions wood-burning appliances that may be imposed after May 1. 

The new standards set forth by the EPA would affect new pellet, corn burner and outdoor wood boilers. 

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Government
10:19 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Snyder signs parolee work certificate bill

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LANSING, MI (AP)--   Governor Rick Snyder has signed legislation allowing Michigan inmates released on parole to be given a work certificate if they complete a career and technical education course and meet other requirements. 

The "certificate of employability" would be good for four years and is geared to helping reduce the high unemployment rate among parolees.

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Government
10:38 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Michigan bills OK'd to loosen air gun regulations

Airsoft gun

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan lawmakers have approved legislation to loosen licensing restrictions on air guns and limit local governments' ability to set their own regulations, except when the guns are being used by kids under age 16. 

The bills are backed by the National Rifle Association. It says Michigan is one of just four states to classify most pellet and air guns as firearms, which the gun rights group says is an "unduly burdensome restraint."

The legislation passed by the Republican-controlled Senate on Tuesday goes to Governor Rick Snyder for his signature.

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Government
8:57 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Snyder focused on roads... and the future

Governor Rick Snyder

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Governor Rick Snyder doesn't hesitate when asked to name his toughest task in the last year — because it's still unfinished.  

The Republican governor's call for a $1.2 billion tax increase to improve roads has proven tougher than winning re-election or helping guide Detroit from bankruptcy.

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Government
9:57 am
Tue December 2, 2014

MI House holds hearing on electoral system

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A debate over dividing Michigan's electoral votes among presidential candidates is resuming in the Legislature. 

A House panel on Tuesday will hold its second hearing in weeks on legislation to move the state away from a winner-take-all presidential election system.
A Republican-sponsored bill would give at least nine of Michigan's 16 electoral votes to the top vote getter, while the second-place finisher could win up to seven depending on the race's closeness.

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