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The Michigan House of Representatives has passed the new Pyramid Promotional Scheme Act.

A four-bill package of legislation defining and punishing pyramid schemes has passed the Michigan House.

The chamber voted Tuesday to clarify that a pyramid scheme is any plan that primarily compensates individuals for recruiting others and not through actual product sales. The punishment for intentionally promoting the schemes would be a felony with up to seven years in prison or a fine of up to $10,000. Pyramid schemes already are illegal under state and federal laws.

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Michigan's House has passed a bill holding drone operators criminally liable for any mischief wreaked by the unmanned aerial vehicles.

Lawmakers voted Thursday on a five-bill bundle of regulations that includes a provision calling for punishment of crimes committed via drones.

Drone activity that knowingly interferes with public employees or key government facilities such as prisons or law enforcement headquarters also would be barred.

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Kent County and Amazon negotiating a distribution site and Spectrum Health is in a naming rights battle over its MedNow service.

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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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A bill advancing in Michigan's Legislature would require drivers to allow 3 feet (0.9 meters) of clearance while passing a bike, unless it's impracticable.

Wednesday's 98-10 vote in the House comes after months of hearings and behind-the-scenes work. Michigan is among 11 states with no "safe passing" law, and bicyclists have been pushing lawmakers to act as more riders are killed by motorists.

As introduced, the legislation would have required 5 feet (1.5 meters) of clearance. But the House settled on a 3-foot distance.

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Governor Rick Snyder has signed a budget bill that accelerates spending on road repairs in time to help with the spring and summer construction season.

The bill shifts $175 million from next year’s construction season to use this coming spring and summer to fix roads.

“You’re going to see a lot of (orange) barrels in every corner of Michigan,” he said.

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.

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Federal and local agencies are actively addressing the opioid crisis with a community event open to the public tonight at Grandville High School. WGVU spoke with presenters educating parents and teenagers about opioid prevention and awareness.

“This is the worst manmade epidemic known to mankind as declared by the CDC.”

Doctor Jeanne Kapenga is President of Families Against Narcotics.

“In Kent County the numbers have been increasing and we are well past the state of a crisis situation here.”

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The Michigan Supreme Court will hear arguments next month in a case that pits school districts against advocates who say people should be allowed to carry firearms in schools.

Gun rights groups are suing the Ann Arbor and Clio school districts. They say state law preempts the districts’ right to ban guns on school property. The law says local governments cannot adopt their own firearms ordinances.

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Auditors have flagged the state of Michigan for gaps that could increase the risk of its computer network being hacked. An audit released Friday made 14 findings, including five that are "material" - the most serious.

The Office of the Auditor General says the Department of Technology, Management and Budget did not do enough to ensure that only authorized devices access the IT network and did not fully implement an effective process for managing updates to operating systems.

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