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LANSING, MI (AP)--   Organizers of a ballot drive to make the Michigan Legislature a part-time body and slash lawmakers' pay say the effort is ending for now due to a lack of petition signatures.

Norm Kammeraad said Wednesday the Clean Michigan committee doesn't intend to file signatures with the Michigan Bureau of Elections and instead will keep names on file to contact supporters for another potential petition drive in 2019 or 2020.

FLINT, MI (AP)--   Gov. Rick Snyder says the city of Flint will be released from state receivership and the Flint Receivership Transition Advisory Board will be dissolved upon approval by state Treasurer Nick Khouri. 

Khouri says he intends to release Flint from more than six years of state oversight one the matter reaches his desk.

City leadership would regain full local control under the moves.

Flint was the last municipality to be under state financial oversight through an RTAB.

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ISHPEMING, MI--   U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow was in Ishpeming Tuesday to unveil legislation she says would lower the cost of prescription drugs.

She held a press conference at the Senior Center to talk about three acts she’s introduced.

ISHPEMING, MI--   U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow will be in Ishpeming Tuesday to talk about prescription drugs. 

The Democrat will hold a press conference at the Ishpeming Senior Center to announce legislation to lower the cost of commonly purchased drugs.

Stabenow says Americans pay the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs. AARP says prices for the most popular brand-name drugs have risen 208 percent from 2008 to 2016.

The press conference begins at 10:45 a.m. at 320 South Pine Street in Ishpeming.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Some state lawmakers want to make it harder for law enforcement to take property involved in a suspected crime. 

A committee plans to work on the bills after spring break, but don’t expect a rush job.

Jim Runestead is chair of the committee the bills are in. He says he and other stakeholders have been working on changes to a series of bills. But changes might not be as aggressive as originally planned.

New bill would allow for baby boxes

Mar 29, 2018
Safe Haven Baby Box

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Anonymity could help make sure abandoned babies are left in safe places. That’s the idea behind new legislation in Lansing.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Legislation to weaken the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has ensnared Lansing in a spat over the agency's usefulness. 

One side is insisting the legislation tramples over ordinary citizens and the other side says the measure is too lax.

The first of the trio of bills would generate a private-interest panel with veto power over the department's rulemaking process. The other two would establish a permit appeal panel and an advisory board of scientific experts.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The state medical marijuana board has deadlocked on the first two applications for licenses. 

The issue was how to deal with old criminal convictions. 

One applicant thought his marijuana conviction had been expunged from the record. In another case, the applicant had a 20-year-old misdemeanor. 

Michael Densmore says it’s all a misunderstanding. 

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The state House has approved a bill to require vehicles to keep a distance of at least three feet when passing bicyclists. 

The legislation is largely a response to a fatal accident two years ago near Kalamazoo.

Five bicyclists were killed and four injured when a truck plowed into the group cycling in Cooper Township. That same year, the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning says 38 bicyclists died in crashes.

Lawmakers explore work requirements for Medicaid

Mar 22, 2018

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The state Legislature began discussions Wednesday on the newest plan to make people work for Medicaid. 

The bill would require able-bodied adults to perform an average of 30-hours of work, job training, or education every week. Pregnant adults, people with medical disabilities, and others would not be included.

Bill sponsor, Senator Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) and the CEO of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Richard Studley, both agreed that the state’s Medicaid expansion, Healthy Michigan, isn’t working.

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