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LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan students may not get any additional snow days forgiven this year.

The state Senate unanimously passed a bill Tuesday that would have forgiven four state declared emergency snow days. But after that vote, several Democrats voted to not give the bill immediate effect. It’s a procedural move which renders the bill useless because it would not take effect until well after the school year has ended.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Action on the state’s budget is expected to pick up this week. 

The state Senate Appropriations committee will consider and possibly vote on multiple budgets – including for the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Those budgets moving through the Senate include large cuts to what Governor Gretchen Whitmer recommended in her proposed budget. Including to the state Attorney General’s budget.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Some lawmakers in Lansing want to start a task force to curb the state’s lead exposure problem. 

Democratic Senator Adam Hollier is working on the legislation. He says one thing the task force would do is look at existing programs and see which ones can be broadened to include different types of help for things like lead paint removal.

But he says the ultimate goal is to put more money toward fixing the state’s lead problem.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   More money could be added to the state’s wrongful conviction fund.

Lawmakers sent a bill to add $10 million to the fund to the governor’s desk Thursday.

The money set aside for people who were wrongfully convicted is almost gone. Republican Representative Steve Johnson is a bill sponsor.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The Legislature sent Governor Gretchen Whitmer bills Thursday changing the state’s civil asset forfeiture laws.

Supporters say there should be a conviction before police can keep a person’s property. They say it’s a due process issue.

Republican Senator Peter Lucido is a bill sponsor. He’s been working on these changes since he was first a Representative in 2015.

“That was my number one bill I entered when I came up to this place. I saw the injustices done, I want to fix it, and I also said it’s time for making a change.”

House and Senate move on criminal justice changes

Apr 25, 2019

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The Legislature held key votes Wednesday on bills that would make various changes to the state’s criminal justice system.

The state Senate passed a series of bills that some lawmakers say will make the criminal justice system fairer for young people.

The so-called “Raise the Age” legislation would automatically treat 17-year-olds as juveniles for certain crimes. Right now, they’re automatically tried as adults.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in a sex discrimination case involving a Michigan funeral home.

Aimee Stephens was a funeral director at R.G and G.R Harris Funeral Homes. The company has three locations in Michigan. Stephens says she was fired when she told the owners she was transitioning from male to female and would begin to wear women’s clothing. The Court of Appeals ruled that the funeral home’s firing of Stephens was unlawful sex discrimination under federal law.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Lawmakers at the state Capitol have made changing the state’s criminal justice system a priority this session. 

Two packages of bills are close to the governor’s desk – with crucial votes taking place early this week.

One would raise the age for when a person is automatically considered an adult for certain crimes from 17 to 18. Another would change the state’s civil asset forfeiture laws.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The leader of the state Senate Republicans says he’s not in favor of the Secretary of State’s call for candidates to disclose their financial information.

Last month, Jocelyn Benson said she wants the Legislature to pass bills that would require elected officials to disclose any outside income, investments, travel or gifts they got as candidates or after they were elected.

CHARLOTTE, MI (MPRN)--   Former Michigan State University president Lou Anna Simon has some time off from court. Simon has been charged with multiple felonies. A hearing to determine if she should stand trial will continue in June. 

The state Attorney General’s office says Lou Anna Simon lied about what she knew about a 2014 complaint against former MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar. A judge sentenced Nassar to at least 40 years in prison for sexually assaulting his patients.