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LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Marijuana-infused beer, wine, and spirits would be outlawed under a bill adopted Thursday by the state Senate.

It’s looking increasingly likely voters will decide whether recreational marijuana will be legal in Michigan as the time for the Legislature to act grows short.

State Senator Rick Jones he expects the question will be on the ballot, and it will be approved.  

“When the November ballot passes, Jennie, bar the door, it’s going to be the wild, wild west,” he says.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Rick Snyder and state lawmakers just got a windfall of $315 million to spend in the new state budget. 

It’s the result of better-than-expected economic growth that yielded more tax revenue.

State Senator David Hildenbrand chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee. He says Republicans will look into paying down debt, and putting money into the state’s “rainy day” savings.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The Michigan Supreme Court has called a halt to a petition campaign to repeal wage protections for workers on government-funded construction projects.  

The court order came less than an hour before a state board was supposed to send the question to the Legislature. The stay allows time for a legal drama to play out at the state Supreme Court. Construction worker unions say petition circulators broke the rules, and that should disqualify the initiative.

Steve Claywell is with the Michigan Construction and Building Trades Council.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Lawmakers in Lansing are focused on giving some crime victims more rights and protections. 

Governor Rick Snyder will have to decide if convicted criminals should be required to listen to their victims in court. The legislation, on its way to his desk, is in response to a defendant who was convicted of killing a woman – but who left the courtroom during the family’s statements.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The government would have a harder time taking ownership of property seized in drug investigations under legislation advancing in Michigan. 

The state House on Tuesday voted 83-26 for the bill next headed to the Senate.

It would prohibit the forfeiture of property worth less than $50,000 that is taken in drug cases unless the defendant is convicted, deported or relinquishes ownership.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A study commissioned by an independent research group says term limits in Michigan have not met many of the expectations set when voters adopted them 25 years ago. 

The study relies in part on interviews since 1992 with 460 legislators. The interviews were conducted by two researchers from Wayne State University.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A member of Governor Rick Snyder's administration says his senior aides were told about a Legionnaires' disease outbreak in the Flint area months before it was publicly announced. 

Eric Brown testified Monday in the criminal case against Nick Lyon, Michigan's health director. Brown works for Snyder in Michigan's Washington office.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   High schools in Michigan might have to add financial literacy to their curriculum. 

Schools would have to offer a class on personal finance management skills like spending, saving, borrowing and investing to 11th and 12th graders. That’s if a bipartisan bill making its way through the state legislature is passed.

LANSING, MI--   The state House has introduced a bill that would call a stretch of Upper Peninsula road the Representative John Kivela Memorial Highway.

The measure was introduced last week by 73 members of the House, including Representatives Sara Cambensy, Scott Dianda, and Beau LaFave. If made into law, the bill would name M-95 from the Dickinson County line north to the intersection with US-41 in Kivela’s honor.

The bill is currently in the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

MARQUETTE, MI--   While in the U.P. over the weekend, Governor Rick Snyder met with officials to discuss talent and business development.

On Friday Snyder and Talent and Economic Development Director Roger Curtis met with business leaders and others in Marquette to talk about creating talent consortiums needed to apply for Marshall Plan funds. The plan is a partnership between employers and educators to prepare students and residents for high-paying jobs in key industries.

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