Michigan House of Representatives

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A bill advancing in Michigan's Legislature may set the stage for setting a legal limit for driving under the influence of marijuana. 

The House voted 107-1 Tuesday to create a commission to research and recommend a threshold of THC bodily content that would constitute evidence of impaired driving. THC is the component of marijuana responsible for the drug's effects.

Unlike other Schedule 1 drugs, THC can be detected in the body long after it no longer affects someone's driving ability.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan House has approved a $16.2 billion education spending plan with more money for school districts, public universities and community colleges.  

The budget bill OK'd 72-36 Tuesday is the first to clear either chamber.

It would boost K-12 spending by $60 to $120 depending on the district. Fifteen public universities would see an overall 3.4 percent funding increase.

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LANSING, MI (AP)--   Some Michigan lawmakers are concerned that mosquitoes could spread the Zika virus in the state and voted to fund a mosquito abatement program.  

A House committee on Wednesday approved an amendment to the state budget to inject $250,000 to set mosquito traps in certain areas of the state and to educate the public about the virus.

The committee unanimously voted to shift money from a Great Lakes restoration fund into the abatement program.

Officials have confirmed two Zika cases in Michigan.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Legislation meant to criminalize posting sexually explicit images on the Internet without the depicted person's consent soon will be on its way to Governor Rick Snyder.

The House on Wednesday unanimously approved a pair of bills to subject offenders to fines. The Senate passed the bill previously.

Sponsors of the legislation who want to stop "cyber revenge" or "revenge porn" say the practice is often meant to shame or humiliate the person depicted, and add it can harm their reputation.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Legislation advancing in Michigan would encourage sports arenas, camps and other venues to have epinephrine injectors to treat allergic reactions.  

The House voted 103-0 Wednesday to send the bill to the Senate.

The measure would let doctors prescribe and pharmacists dispense EpiPens to youth sports leagues, amusement parks, religious institutions and other places. The proposed law also would establish storage and training requirements, and limit liability from lawsuits.

LANSING, MI (MPRN, AP)--   The state House has voted to remove Cindy Gamrat as a state representative, while Todd Courser chose to resign early Friday morning rather than face expulsion.  

The two Tea Party lawmakers were at the center of a sex-and-cover-up scandal that’s roiled Lansing and Michigan politics for weeks now.

But Gamrat said she deserved censure, not expulsion for her role, and her family wanted her to fight.

“Resigning would have been a whole lot easier, I’ll tell you that, but sometimes the easy roads aren’t the best roads to take,” she said.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Outdated crimes such as accepting a duel and cursing in front of women or children would no longer be on Michigan's books under bills advancing in the Legislature.  

The House on Wednesday began voting to repeal 75 laws that legislators say no longer serve a purpose or have been made redundant by newer statutes. The archaic and apparently unenforced laws include prohibitions against ads related to sexually transmitted diseases and accepting a challenge to a duel.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   State House Democrats want to protect Michigan’s prevailing wage law as part of a road funding deal.

It appears Republican leaders are seeking Democratic votes to pass a plan, although hopes to get legislation approved this week fell apart late Wednesday night after hours of negotiations.

Prevailing wage guarantees union-level pay and benefits to workers on publicly-funded construction projects. Democrats want to stop a petition drive that would repeal the law.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   People would be able to drink alcohol on certain pedal-powered vehicles under legislation going to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder for consideration.   

The state House gave final approval to the two bills Thursday.

The bills would allow alcohol to be served on commercial, open-air, pedal-powered vehicles, sometimes referred to as pedal pubs, so long as the vehicle's owner has liability insurance. Having open alcohol on the vehicles could still be prohibited by local laws.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The state House has approved a Republican plan to boost road funding by about $1 billion a year. It would shift most of the money from existing funds in the state budget. 

Democrats blasted the plan on the House floor. They say it relies too heavily on projected economic growth in coming years. And they strongly oppose provisions that would increase fees for alternative fuel vehicles and eliminate a tax credit for the working poor.

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