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The state Legislature could vote to repeal the prevailing wage law as early as next week. The Michigan Supreme court ordered the ballot measure to move forward today.

   Prevailing wage requires public construction contracts pay union-level wages.

The Board of State Canvassers deadlocked on whether to approve the petition. After some court battles, the Michigan Supreme Court says it’s time to move the initiative forward. The Board plans to take up the measure – and possibly certify it – Friday.

A coalition of school and police organizations are on board with legislation to keep Michigan schools safe.

State Senators introduced bipartisan bills today.

If the bills pass, how much money would be put toward things like school resource officers and building improvements would be worked out during the budget process if the bills pass. But members of the coalition say, in an ideal world, the state would put 120 (m) million dollars toward school safety.

Blaine Koops is the executive director of the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association.

Lawmakers plan to move a series of bills in response to Larry Nassar tomorrow (Wed). Nassar is the former Michigan State University sports doctor who sexually assaulted his patients for years.

   The legislation won’t look the same coming out of committee as it did going in – and some bills might not get a vote. 

Committee chair, Klint Kesto, says his committee probably won’t vote on a governmental immunity bill. That legislation would prevent state institutions like universities from using their position to avoid lawsuits in cases of sexual assault.

This week lawmakers in Lansing plan to move legislation aimed at improving the state’s sexual assault laws. This comes after weeks of discussion on more than 30 bills.

       The bills would do things like require sexual assault and dating violence be taught during sex education in high school and increase penalties for people that are required to report suspected child abuse, but don’t.

  

Michigan State University faces a potential 500  million dollar settlement. But the school hasn’t said yet how it plans to pay the bill.

Multiple lawmakers say not to ask them for help.

The lawsuit stems from how the university responded to former employee, Larry Nassar. He’s the sports doctor who will spend decades in prison for sexually assaulting his patients.

The university announced a settlement with more than 300 Nassar survivors.

But the school has yet to say where the money for the settlement will come from.

Victims of certain crimes in Michigan could become harder to track down – and advocates say that’s for their own safety.

   Legislation that passed the state Senate would let victims keep their addresses confidential.
 

   Victims of certain crimes – like sexual assault, stalking, and domestic violence – should be able to keep their addresses secret in order to stay safe. That’s the idea behind a package of bills.

Members of a state board in charge of the safety of pipelines say they’re not alarmed by a recent coolant spill into the Straits of Mackinac.

An early April spill has been classified as “minor.”

Electric cables leaked about 600 gallons of synthetic coolant into the Straits of Mackinac. And officials say between the cleanup and the type of fluid that leaked, there’s no real environmental damage.

Lawmakers in the Michigan House of Representatives are concerned about extending the state’s statute of limitations for child sexual assault cases.

   Legislation proposing that is in response to ex-Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar.

Multiple victims of Larry Nassar say they didn’t realize as children that they were being sexually assaulted by him. In some cases, it took decades for them to realize his “treatment” was assault.

   Now they’re supporting legislation to give child victims a lot more time to sue their abusers.

A bipartisan pair of bills would require Michigan high schools to teach financial literacy.

Educators might have a problem with adding a new class to school curriculum.

Peter Spadafore is with the Michigan Association of School Administrators. He says their organization hasn’t taken an official position on the bills yet. But he says schools might not have the flexibility to add yet another class to their schedule.

 

“This is not necessarily a money conversation, it’s more or less the, there’s only so many hours in the day.”

Autism is one step closer to being an approved condition for medical marijuana use in Michigan.

A panel met today to consider petitions to add almost two dozen items to the list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana.

The panel denied conditions like anxiety and panic attacks. But it did approve 10 new conditions – including Autism and Parkinson’s Disease.

Amie Carter has an eleven-year-old son who’s Autistic. She says he used to be violent and unmanageable until he started using medical marijuana for other conditions.

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