Michigan House of Representatives

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Legislation aimed at curbing sexual assault in Michigan passed the state House Thursday.

The bills were introduced in the wake of the scandal involving Larry Nassar, the former Michigan State University sports doctor who sexually assaulted his patients for years.

All lawmakers agreed they want to help victims of sexual assault, but some lawmakers argued a few of the bills didn’t go far enough.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Mining companies would be able to modify onsite facilities without an environmental permit amendment under legislation that has passed the Michigan House. 

Lawmakers voted 63-45 on Tuesday to advance the bill to grant companies more flexibility in moving and adjusting their mining sites and buildings. The proposed change would allow mining companies to modify the facilities provided they give Michigan's Department of Environmental Quality a 30-day notice and if the changes don't add environmental risk.

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 (AP)--   The Michigan House wants to direct 4 percent of the Liquor Control Commission's revenue toward fighting substance abuse.

The chamber voted 104-3 Tuesday to earmark state funds from alcohol taxes, liquor licenses and liquor code violation fees for distribution among community health agencies.

The bill would inject the money into services such as substance abuse prevention and treatment programs — one-fourth of which could not be exclusively alcohol-centric.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Some doctors in Michigan are concerned about unintended consequences to their profession if state lawmakers pass some sexual assault bills they’re considering. 

A state House committee heard testimony on a package of bills Tuesday, as lawmakers continued their response to former MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar’s ability to sexually assault female patients for years.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan House has approved legislation requiring state high schools to give credit for qualifying internships. 

The proposal sponsored by Iron Mountain Representative Beau LaFave cleared the chamber Wednesday. It would amend Michigan's school code regarding academic internships or similar work experiences that last at least four hours a week. The student must attend the internship for the same amount of time a typical course would entail.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A bill to make English Michigan’s official language cleared the state House Thursday, and the debate got fierce at times. 

The bill passed on a mostly-party line vote. Republicans say Michigan should join 32 other states that have declared English their official language. Democrats say the bill sends the wrong message to foreigners and immigrants.

Democratic state Representative Abdullah Hammoud said the bill taps into a dark place in current politics, and is a distraction from real issues.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Lawmakers in Lansing want to put 175 million dollars toward the state’s roads. The state House passed the spending bill Wednesday. 

Governor Rick Snyder initially proposed a similar spending bump for the next budget cycle. But lawmakers say the potholes and crumbling roads need to be addressed as soon as possible. They want the money available in time for construction season.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Some state lawmakers want to end the practice of allowing police agencies to seize and hold onto cash, cars, and other assets that they think might have played a role in illegal activity.

State law currently allows police departments to keep seized assets even if a suspect is never charged or convicted of a crime. Officials say it happened about 500 times in 2016 -- people who were never convicted of a crime still lost their seized property.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The state House on Thursday adopted legislation to allow Michigan taxpayers to continue to claim the personal income tax exemption. 

The bill is supposed to make sure Michiganders don’t pay more as a result of the new federal tax law. Republicans and Democrats voted for it.

Republicans want a bigger tax cut. Democrats were glad to get on board with a plan that would distribute a break equally to every taxpayer.