Senator Adam Hollier

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A state lawmaker says Michigan’s hate crime law is overdue for an update. 

State Senator Adam Hollier says it’s time to add violence or threats based on sexual orientation or gender identification as a deterrent to hate crimes.

Michigan’s hate crime law currently covers violence or threats based on race, color, religion, or gender. Hollier says the threats against LGBT people are real, and range from threats and assault to murder.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The state Senate Tuesday approved a bill to change the rules governing how auto insurance is sold in Michigan. 

The bill would place new caps on medical benefits for people who don’t buy additional coverage.

Critics say the Republican plan would leave drivers who would be hurt the most by high medical bills with the least protection.

Senator Adam Hollier of Detroit agrees, but was still one of only two Democrats to vote for the bill. He says his city has some of the highest insurance rates in the country, and it’s past time to do something.

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.