Cheyna Roth

Roads, flood damage repairs, and an investigation could get money sent their way soon. The Legislature sent a spending bill to the governor’s desk today.

   Every lawmaker in the House and Senate voted in favor of the bill. The big ticket item is roads – 175  million dollars spread out to cities and villages, county road commissions and state road preservation and projects.

   Speaker of the House Tom Leonard says the money is greatly needed.


Moms and other activists against gun violence gathered at the state Capitol today. The participants wanted to meet with as many lawmakers as possible.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America want lawmakers to keep guns out of schools. In the wake of a mass school shooting in Florida, multiple lawmakers have called for school safety measures like arming teachers.

Emily Durbin is the Michigan Chapter Leader for Moms Demand Action. She says more guns in schools is not the answer to school shootings.  


Ideas are floating around Lansing about how to make the state’s schools safer from gun violence. Several proposals are in the works.

One idea from Republicans would let teachers and school staff have access to firearms in emergencies. The teacher would have to have special training and the weapons would be stored in a secure location.

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof says he might be on board with this type of plan.


Democrats in Lansing are trying to see movement on gun violence prevention bills. And They could have an unlikely ally.

In an interview with Politico, Governor Rick Snyder mentioned his own experiences with a school shooting while he went to the University of Michigan. The interview comes days after after a deadly school shooting in Florida. Snyder says he might be on board with so-called “red flag” legislation. It lets law enforcement and family members go through a procedure to ban a person from possessing a gun if they’re unstable.

In the wake of the mass shooting at a high school in Florida – students and others gathered at the state Capitol.

   The rally was for what participants call “common sense gun control.”

They want a ban on assault rifles. Stricter background checks before buying a gun. More money for mental health services. But most of all, the high school students at the rally want to feel safe in their schools.

Lily Ferris goes to Holt High School. She was at the rally with her friend Kennedi Carpenter. She says school shootings are happening too often.


Michigan’s roads might get a spending boost. The state House passed a measure to put millions towards roads today.


175 million to be exact. The money would be disbursed to cities and villages, county road commissions and state road preservation and projects.

   Governor Rick Snyder asked for 175 million dollars in new money for roads in his budget for the fiscal year that starts in October. But lawmakers want it in time for construction season.

   Republican Representative Laura Cox is a bill sponsor.



Teenagers advocated on behalf of sexual assault legislation in Lansing today.      

The bills would prevent assailants from going to the same schools as their victims.

Bill sponsor, Republican Representative Lana Theis, says there’s a gap in the law. She says officials aren’t able to kick a student out of school unless the sexual assault happens on school grounds. 

“When we mandate that our children need to be educated, we need to make sure that we’re creating an environment for them where they are absolutely protected.”

Consumers Energy rolled out its new clean energy plan for Michigan today. It includes a goal to reduce 80 percent of its carbon emissions and use zero coal by 20-40.

The idea is to create a cleaner, more sustainable energy future. But is 20-40 too far into the future? The Paris Climate agreement calls for nations to scale back their emissions by 20-20.

Patti Poppe  is the CEO of Consumers Energy. She says they’ve already made progress – including reducing carbon emissions by 38 percent.


Michigan State University’s major governing body held its first official public meeting with interim president John Engler today.

Students were not about to let Engler and the Board of Trustees forget that they don’t want them there.

The Board and Engler tried to keep the meeting ‘business as usual’. Though several members acknowledged calls by students and faculty to step down.

Michigan is a signature away from forgiving all of the state’s driver responsibility fees. That’s over 600 million dollars in outstanding fees. This is part of a deal struck between the Legislature and the governor.