House Speaker Tom Leonard

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The speaker of the state House won’t support a proposal aimed at electing presidents based on the national popular vote.

There’s bipartisan support in the Legislature for Michigan to join a compact that 12 states have already joined called the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. Once enough states have entered into the compact to decide a presidential election, those states would cast their Electoral College votes for the candidate who won the national popular vote.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Two measures that were headed to the November ballot are now law. 

The state Legislature voted to increase the state’s minimum wage and allow employees to get earned sick time; however, the laws do not take immediate effect.

Some supporters of the proposals are now concerned about what the Legislature will do next.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Lawmakers in Lansing say a settlement between Michigan State University and survivors of Larry Nassar doesn’t mean their quest for justice is over. 

Nassar is the former university sports doctor who sexually assaulted his patients under the guise of treatment. More than 300 survivors are suing the school for not stopping him, and MSU faces a potential 500 million dollar settlement.

In the Legislature, lawmakers have crafted more than 30 bills in response to what Nassar did.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Roads, flood damage repairs, and an investigation could get money sent their way soon. 

The Michigan Legislature sent a spending bill to the governor’s desk Thursday. Every lawmaker in the House and Senate voted in favor of the bill.

The big ticket item is roads – $175 million spread out to cities and villages, county road commissions, and state road preservation and projects.

Speaker of the House Tom Leonard says the money is greatly needed.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan State University is under multiple investigations for its handling of sexual assault complaints, and the Board of Trustees says it will cooperate with all of them.

The Speaker of the House says he plans to use every tool he has to make sure MSU cooperates with his investigation.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A legislative leader says he's open to establishing a compensation fund for thousands of people who were falsely accused of defrauding Michigan's unemployment system. 

Republican House Speaker Tom Leonard initially said Thursday the courts should decide compensation, which would have put him at odds with Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and others. A spokesman later clarified that Leonard misunderstood reporters' questions and opposes Democratic legislation to give victims damages for pain and suffering.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Bills to forgive Michigan’s controversial driver responsibility fees have cleared a state House committee, but they’ve hit a road block.

They’re opposed by Governor Rick Snyder’s Treasury department.

The fees are paid by people convicted of traffic offenses on top of their fines. They were adopted by the Legislature in 2003 to help keep the budget balanced during the recession. Most of the fees will never be collected, but they still generate $80 million a year for the state.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Legislation to reduce Michigan's high auto insurance premiums by letting drivers opt out of mandatory unlimited medical coverage is in peril, with majority Republicans lacking enough support to pass it on their own and many Democrats pushing an alternative plan.

House Speaker Tom Leonard says he needs 10 to 15 of the chamber's 45 Democrats to help move the bill to the Senate. That means 19 to 24 of the 63 House Republicans are opposed.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A plan to forgive hundreds of millions in unpaid driver responsibility fees is in the works in Lansing. A bipartisan group of lawmakers rolled out the proposal Thursday.

State House Speaker Tom Leonard says there are hundreds of thousands people in Michigan whose licenses have been suspended because they owe big surcharges tacked onto traffic fines.

The fees were adopted by the Legislature during the recessions of the 1990s to help balance the budget.

Leonard says that’s not fair, and it hits low-income people the hardest.

New no-fault proposal expected this week

Sep 25, 2017

MACKINAC ISLAND, MI (MPRN)--   A new plan by state lawmakers to bring down Michigan’s expensive auto insurance rates is in the works. 

A rollout of the plan is expected as soon as Tuesday.

State House Speaker Tom Leonard dropped some hints as to what might be in the proposal this past weekend. He was a on a panel at a Republican Party conference on Mackinac Island.

He said giving consumers the option to choose how much coverage they can afford, and limiting what hospitals can charge for treating accident victims are both important.