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9:59 am
Thu April 16, 2015

MI Senate to consider changes to auto insurance law

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A legislative panel has quickly approved changes to Michigan's auto insurance law with the goal of curtailing fraud and the cost of care for people catastrophically injured in crashes. 

The Senate Insurance Committee voted 5-3 Wednesday to send legislation to the Republican-controlled Senate, which may vote Thursday.

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Government
9:56 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Bill would put emergency contact information on driver's license

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan residents would be able to include emergency contact information on their driver's license or state identification card under new proposed legislation. 

Republican Rep. Peter Lucido of Shelby Township introduced a measure Wednesday he says would help paramedics and police quickly find a victim's emergency contact when responding to an accident.

Michigan residents would have the option of including the information on an encrypted part of the card. Emergency personnel could swipe or scan the card and gain access to the information.

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Government/Money
9:52 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Michigan House moves to cap liabilities from investments

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan House is moving on limiting future liabilities related to a startup investment program backed by state taxpayer dollars. 

The House voted nearly unanimously on Wednesday to approve bills that would cap expenses the state might have to pay related to the Venture Michigan Fund. The fund was created in 2003 as an effort to lure more startup businesses to the state.

According to a report from the nonpartisan House Fiscal Agency, the state will owe $140 million related to the program over the next three years.

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Government
10:15 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Snyder signs drone, concealed carry bills

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Governor Rick Snyder has signed into law a ban on hunting animals with a drone or using a drone to harass hunters.

He said Tuesday that using electronic devices to "manipulate" hunting and fishing is a "misuse of the natural resources we are blessed with."

The governor also signed a law letting retired federal law enforcement officers carry concealed pistols in no-carry zones such as schools, hospitals and arenas. Retired state law enforcement officers already are allowed to carry concealed weapons in "gun-free" areas.

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Government
10:13 am
Tue April 14, 2015

WI Rep. wants to make marijuana legal

MADISON, WI (AP)--   A Wisconsin lawmaker says the state should legalize marijuana to reduce crime and improve the state's economy. 

Representative Melissa Sargent, a Madison Democrat, introduced a bill Monday that would legalize marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes.

In a news conference Monday Sargent said that legalizing the drug would reduce crime associated with growing and selling cannabis and create jobs.

But the bill will likely go up in smoke. Republicans control both chambers and don't seem eager to support the measure.

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