Michigan state Capitol

Legislators getting settled in at the state Capitol

Jan 14, 2015

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan lawmakers are starting a new two-year session with a change in leadership and new members.

Three in every 10 legislators being sworn in Wednesday are new to the Republican-led Legislature. And three of the top four legislative leaders are new because their predecessors left Lansing under term limits.

Republicans will enjoy expanded majorities in both the House and Senate after the November election.

State ornament for sale

Dec 2, 2013

LANSING, MI (AP)--    Michigan's official holiday ornament celebrating the state Capitol building is on sale, with proceeds going to help the blind. 

The Michigan Bureau of Services for Blind Persons recently announced that limited-edition ornaments are on sale for $20. The bureau is part of state government.

The ornaments can be bought inside the Capitol and at various state offices in Lansing and Detroit. The state ornament was previously sold by the Friends of the Capitol organization starting in 2003.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The governor's office in the Michigan Capitol building will be named for former Governor John Engler if a new bill becomes law.  

Republican Representative Pete Lund of Macomb County's Shelby Township said Wednesday that naming the office for Engler is appropriate because what Engler did to change the direction of Michigan "was incredible and cannot be overstated."

Engler, a Republican, served from 1991 through 2002.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Police officers from across the state are in Lansing preparing for protests as lawmakers get ready to vote on so-called “right-to-work” bills.  Michigan Public Radio’s Jake Neher has more: 

Dozens of State Police have gathered in a hallway in the Capitol’s lower level, cordoned off by blue curtains. This is their base of operations in the building this week as hundreds – maybe thousands -- of protesters are expected to fill the upper levels.   

In one closet, police have stashed helmets and other riot gear.