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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.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A recent report says improvements are needed to the state’s system that protects children from abuse and neglect. 

The report comes from the state Legislature’s Auditor General. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is not disputing the findings.

Stacie Blayden is with department. She says the authority to ask a court to remove a child from a parent’s home is a big responsibility.

“I don’t think there’s any more significant service we provide in state government than child protection,” she says.

EAST LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Survivors of sexual assault told the Michigan State University Board of Trustees Friday that its actions speak louder than words. 

MSU has spent more than a year trying to turn itself around after revelations about former school sports doctor Larry Nassar surfaced. Nassar sexually assaulted his patients for decades.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A long-term plan to fix Michigan’s roads might not be part of the state budget this year. 

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) said he wants to include more money to fix the roads in the short term in the state budget. But he also wants to figure out a long-term policy – that possibly includes new revenue sources –separately from the budget.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   State lawmakers want to put in place a final deadline for medical marijuana facilities to get a license, or not be able to stay open. 

A state House committee unanimously passed a bill Wednesday. It gives a June 1st deadline for facilities – and if they stay open without a license, the facility can’t get a license for a year.