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Michigan lawmakers are comfortable with the state’s current driverless vehicle laws.

In 2016, the governor signed into law regulations on autonomous vehicles. Those also allow for testing of self-driving cars on state roads. But this week an autonomous vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona.

Governor Rick Snyder has championed autonomous vehicles for a while. He said they need to find out all the issues associated with the death, but he’s not sure it will stall development of autonomous vehicles.

Today schools across the state and country staged walkouts  in response to gun violence in schools. At the state Capitol, a few dozen people gathered to show their support.

“I don’t think any kid should be afraid to go to school.”

  

Kelly Hansen is a sophomore at Michigan State University studying secondary education.  She was at the march to support the high school students who walked out earlier in the day.

“I think it’s important to rally for anything you care about. And if we don’t, who will? And if not now, when?”

Lawmakers and state agencies want to give inmates more jobs in prison – and prepare them for job opportunities when they get out of prison.

If you do a statewide search for food service jobs on websites like Indeed, you’ll get thousands of hits. And some lawmakers think they have a way to fill that demand.

The governor announced he wants to stop outsourcing the prison’s food services.

Republican Senator John Proos wants to explore the possibility of training inmates to do those jobs. He says those skills would then allow inmates to get a job when they leave prison.

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Attorney General Bill Schuette announced a plan to improve government transparency today. But some call it a political stunt in Schuette’s bid for governor.

Democratic Representative Jeremy Moss has made transparency in state government his mission. He’s introduced bills – some of them similar to Schuette’s proposal. For example, both want the governor’s office to be subject to the Freedom of Information Act.

   But Moss says Schuette has been in a unique position as Attorney General to improve transparency. And he hasn’t.  

Michigan State University turned over 15-hundred pages of documents to lawmakers in the state House.

   Those documents will be kept private.

MSU is under multiple investigations for how it handled complaints against former sports doctor Larry Nassar.  Nassar was sentenced to multiple decades in prison for sexually assaulting patients.

   Speaker of the House Tom Leonard says he doesn’t want the House investigation to interfere with the state Attorney General's.

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Lawmakers at the state Capitol want to strengthen crime victims’ rights. Legislation that passed the State House today.

Last December, Jeffrey Willis’ blew a kiss to the courtroom as he exited. He left because he refused to listen to the statements of the family members of the woman he had murdered.

   Now lawmakers want to make it a requirement that defendants hear victim impact statements.

Jessica Josephson is the sister of Willis’ victim.

“Nobody should have to go through and if we can prevent that, so be it.”

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Abdul El-Sayed is the first Democrat to turn in his signatures to be on the 20-18 ballot for governor. He faces potential challenges down the road.

 

Abdul El-Sayed was born and raised in Michigan, but he spent several years in New York. And that’s where the problem begins – he voted in that state in 20-12. Now the question becomes whether that invalidated his Michigan registration and subsequent eligibility to run for governor.

Hundreds of protestors clashed with law enforcement and white supremacists at Michigan State University yesterday. Law enforcement formed a human wall to try and separate protestors and people trying to attend a Richard Spencer speech. When protestors and Spencer supporters did meet, there was often yelling and physical violence. Protestors tried to push the attendees back and threw water bottles, sticks and other objects at them. 

Duncan Tarr is with one group that organized the protest. He says people came from all over the community and Midwest.

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.  

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