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LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Some bills in the state Legislature would expand who can administer life-saving drugs in the event of an opioid overdose. 

The legislation would allow government agencies – and their employees – to administer opioid antagonists. Commonly called Narcan, it’s an emergency overdose medication.

This would open the door for public agencies – like libraries and schools – to have Narcan on hand in the event an employee sees someone suffering from an overdose.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A Michigan group wants to ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. 

That would effectively ban abortions after around six weeks. The Michigan Heartbeat Coalition filed ballot petition language with the Secretary of State Tuesday.

Mark Gurley is with the coalition. He said the group wants to get enough signatures to then send the measure to the state Legislature for a vote. Once that happens, the Republican-led Legislature can pass the measure instead of putting it on the November 2020 ballot – and without the governor’s signature.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Controversial bills to outlaw a certain type of abortion procedure are scheduled for a state House committee hearing this week. 

The bills would ban the “dilation and evacuation” or D-and-E procedure. The bill has been moving steadily through the state House. That’s despite a likely veto by Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

Republican Senator Tom Barrett sponsored similar legislation in the state Senate. He says he’ll keep fighting for this ban despite Governor Whitmer saying she’ll veto anti-abortion bills.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan students are a signature away from getting four snow days forgiven after a brutal winter left some schools closed for weeks. The state Senate sent the bill to Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s desk Thursday. 

This comes after a dust-up between Republicans and Democrats on details of the bill. Earlier this week, Democrats prevented the bill from getting immediate effect – which would have effectively killed the bill.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A state Senate committee approved a budget provision to financially penalize communities with sanctuary city policies. 

The committee passed a corrections budget Wednesday. It added language to the budget that would withhold jail dollars for communities that enact or enforce policies that prevents law enforcement from cooperating with federal officials on immigration matters. 

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Republican lawmakers have filed an appeal to the United State Supreme Court in a lawsuit that accuses them of unconstitutional gerrymandering. 

Last week a federal court said that the Legislature and governor must agree on new political district lines for Congressional and state elections by August.

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (SHUR’-key) says he’s in the initial stages of carrying out the order.

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.

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