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8:47 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Lawmakers eye electric vehicles for road money

Chevy Volt

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Republican state lawmakers are eyeing electric and hybrid vehicles as a possible source of road money. They say vehicles that are built to use less fuel should have to pay higher registration fees. 

Higher registration fees for electric and hybrid vehicles were a flashpoint as the new House Roads and Economic Development Committee continued to work its way through a dozen bills that are supposed to raise more than $1 billion for roads after voters thrashed Proposal One earlier this month.

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Government
8:23 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Bill OK'd to strip families of welfare if child misses school

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A policy of stripping welfare benefits from families if kids under age 16 miss too much school would become law under legislation nearing approval in the Michigan Legislature.

The Republican-led Senate voted 26-12 Tuesday for the bill codifying existing practice. It earlier won approval in the House, which is expected to quickly OK Senate changes and send the legislation to Governor Rick Snyder for his signature.

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Government
8:17 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Michigan lawmakers push Snyder to shift funds to roads

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Republican Governor Rick Snyder's administration is backing off the assertion that the popular Pure Michigan tourism program would have to be cut as a result of the House Republican's proposed plan to fund road repairs. 

Michigan Economic Development Director Steve Arwood testified Tuesday to the House Roads and Economic Development Committee in opposition to bills that would fund road repairs in part by using economic development funds currently funneled through the department.

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Government/Environment
8:11 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Members of Congress working to ban microbeads

Microbeads on a penny

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP)--   Two Michigan lawmakers say they and other members of Congress are  

sponsoring bipartisan legislation to protect the Great Lakes from the damaging effects of plastic microbeads found in some soaps and personal care products.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Rep. Gary Peters announced the measures Tuesday to phase out microbeads in household products.

The Michigan Democrats say the small plastic beads aren't biodegradable and can make it through wastewater treatment systems. They say fish can mistake the beads for food.

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Government
9:18 am
Thu May 21, 2015

Michigan House OKs bill restricting local wage agreements

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Local governments in Michigan would be prohibited from setting local minimum wages or other requirements for employers under a bill approved in the Republican-controlled House a day after passing through committee amid protests. 

The House approved the bill 57-52 Wednesday, with several Republicans joining minority Democrats in voting against the bill.

Democrats offered more than a dozen amendments that failed without a vote.

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