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A new bill would change Michigan’s sex education curriculum.

   The change in curriculum is aimed at preventing sexual assault.

 

“Yes Means Yes.” Lawmakers want this slogan to replace the old adage “No means No.” They say students need to be taught affirmative consent when it comes to sexual activity. The bills would require schools that teach sex ed to include discussions about dating violence and clarify that silence does not mean consent.

   Democratic Senator Curtis Hertel is the bill’s sponsor.

The Michigan Supreme Court is giving more than 3 million dollars to circuit courts across the state.

   It’s for a specialized probation program.

24 courts in Michigan have a so-called Swift and Sure Sanctions Probation Program. It’s a type of intense probation meant for people who have a history of failing regular probation.

   People in the program get specialized and structured help so they have a better chance of succeeding.

   Republican Senator John Proos sponsored the legislation that governs the Swift and Sure program.

 

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Michigan’s Speaker of the House has his eye on a new job. Tom Leonard is running for state Attorney General.

The field for Michigan’s Attorney General race is getting bigger. Two Democrats have already announced their candidacy.

Now, Speaker of the House Tom Leonard will try to get the Republican nomination. Republican state Senator Tonya Schuitmaker is also running for Attorney General.

Leonard is a former Genesee County prosecutor. He also has experience working in the office he’s running for as an assistant Attorney General.

The state legislature held a marathon committee hearing on a bill to overhaul Michigan’s auto insurance law.

One idea is to prevent insurance companies from using credit scores to influence rates.

   Mayor Mike Duggan had a major hand in crafting the bill the committee discussed. He says he’d like to see changes to the bill. But he says the focus needs to be on passing immediate rate relief.

“If we can get it done with credit scores I’m in favor. If we get it done without credit scores it’s still a significant relief.”

The state Legislature will get rolling on potential changes to the state’s auto no fault insurance laws tomorrow.

The Insurance committee meets at 9:00 A-M. Lawmakers will hear testimony and possibly discuss amendments to an insurance overhaul bill.

   Supporters say it would reduce insurance bills for drivers by 20 percent on average.

Republican Representative Lana Theis is a bill sponsor. She says she’s open to all opinions.

“It’s the singular thing I think we can do for Michigan residents that is going to improve their lives in a way that is very real.”

A bipartisan coalition unveiled the latest attempt to overhaul the state’s auto insurance law today.

Backers say it’ll reduce insurance bills by an average of 20-percent.

The bill has an uphill battle. Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof has said that any bill will be dead in the Senate if it requires insurance companies to roll back rates. This bill does just that.

   Representative Lana Theis is a bill sponsor. She says everyone behind the bill is open to suggestions.

The Trump administration recently announced new guidance for how college campuses should handle sexual assault complaints.

Michigan universities won’t be changing their policies right away.

The new guidance lets schools use mediation for informal resolution of sexual assault cases. It also lets schools raise the standard of proof for campus adjudication of complaints.

Daniel Hurley is the CEO of the Michigan Association of State Universities. He says Michigan campuses will keep their current policies for now.

Parents of private school students cannot be part of a lawsuit over whether the state can send taxpayer money to their kids’ schools.

The state wants to give religious schools money to cover things the state requires. Several public school organizations sued to stop the payments. They say the state constitution prohibits public money going to private schools.

Several religious organizations, lawmakers and parents tried to join the lawsuit with the state. But the court said no.

The state’s licensing department has started to release details about the future of medical marijuana regulation in Michigan.

Medical marijuana licensees will be able to open one stop shops. The Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation plans to let a person get a license to grow, process and sell marijuana. People could also use the same facility for the entire operation.  

Andrew Brisbo  is the bureau’s director. He says the bureau got a lot of requests for this.

 

Michigan won’t limit how much money corporations and unions can spend to influence elections in the state – under legislation that’s cleared the state senate.

In 2010 the US Supreme Court said corporations and unions could spend as much money as they wanted on political campaigns. Seven years later, Michigan lawmakers are putting that standard into state law.

Arlan Meekhof is the Senate Majority Leader. He voted in favor of the bills, “Because everybody should have free speech and the Supreme Court has said that free speech equals money in what you give.”

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