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Lawmakers in the state Legislature are considering requiring sex education in schools to include teaching a sexual standard called affirmative consent.

       Educators in states with similar legislation say it works.

There are students and adults who think requiring clear permission to move forward with sexual activity is unrealistic. But educators in California and New York say, more students than not are on board with “yes means yes.”

  

Law enforcement will be required to use a new tool to help with state’s hundreds of missing persons cases.

Law enforcement say Michigan is ranked 3rd in the nation for most missing persons. Experts say requiring law enforcement to put missing person information into the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System could help lower the state’s number of missing persons.

A state House inquiry found that Michigan State University did not protect its students from convicted sex offender Larry Nassar. He’s the former MSU sports doctor who sexually assaulted patients for years under the guise of treatment.

Lawmakers say Larry Nassar was able to exploit multiple loopholes in MSU’s policies.

The House inquiry also found that the school botched an internal investigation into Nassar.

   Now members of the inquiry say they plan to focus on writing legislation to make sure something like this doesn’t happen again.

A major firearms case will be debated in front of the Michigan Supreme Court next week. But advocates on both sides say it’s about more than whether someone can carry a firearm on school grounds.

Two school districts in Michigan got sued for banning guns on school grounds.

State law generally prevents local gun rules – and the court will decide whether that applies here- which could have a broader impact.

Don Wotruba is the executive director of the Michigan Association of School Boards. He says the case is about keeping lawmakers out of school district decisions.

A Democratic candidate for state Attorney General says his opponent violated the Michigan Campaign Finance Act.

Pat Miles filed a complaint with the Secretary of State’s office against opponent Dana Nessel.

Nessel’s campaign calls the move a political stunt. But Miles says her failure to report certain contributions makes her unfit for the office.

“We need to make sure that people who are running are transparent and that they’re competent.”

 

The complaint accuses Nessel of not reporting fundraisers and paying herself $500 of campaign funds.

 

Michigan’s Safe Delivery law allows parents to surrender a child no more than 72 hours old to an employee at a hospital, fire or police station, or by calling 911. But that requires some level of face-to-face interaction. A bill in the state legislature would allow parents to surrender babies to a so-called “newborn safety device.” Those are boxes installed at hospitals and other surrender locations. They’re electronically monitored and temperature controlled.

Last summer, a man came out of a hospital in Grand Rapids to find a newborn baby left in his car. 

 

Following an internal investigation by MSU, prosecutors say William Strampel did not enforce or monitor protocols put in place to oversee Nassar. Things like wearing gloves, and getting consent for treatment.

John Dakmak is Strampel’s attorney. He says Strampel did what he was required to do.

“In 2016, when the allegation of actual, sexual assault was made, my client immediately terminated Nassar.”

Dakmak says the former dean did not inappropriately touch female students or use his position to get sexual favors from female students.

 

Michigan continues its fight against a deadly Hepatitis A outbreak. Nearly 800 people have gotten the disease since August of 2016. Now the state is giving half a million dollars to areas that have not had an outbreak of hepatitis A – yet.

Twenty-five county health departments will get 20-thousand dollars each to increase vaccination outreach.

Since the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida in February, the conversation about how to keep kids safe in schools has persisted.

Some argue that more guns in schools will make them safer – like arming teachers. But the plan presented steers away from a conversation on firearms.  

Instead, it’s focused on hiring more school safety officers and mental health professionals in schools.

Mark Reene is a former president for the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan.

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The state Legislature began discussions Wednesday on the newest plan to make people work for Medicaid. The bill would require able-bodied adults to perform an average of 30-hours of work, job training, or education every week. Pregnant adults, people with medical disabilities, and others would not be included.

Bill sponsor, Senator Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) and the CEO of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Richard Studley, both agreed that the state’s Medicaid expansion, Healthy Michigan, isn’t working.

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