Governor Rick Snyder plans to take executive action on tougher standards for lead in drinking water in the face of foot-dragging by the Legislature.

The Legislature’s Republican leaders have been cool to Governor Snyder’s proposed new lead-in-water rules, which would be tougher than federal standards.

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A Michigan agency is seeking public comment on a proposed set of minimum standards for providing legal defense to people who can't afford attorneys.

The standards involve matters such as education and training for attorneys, the initial client interview, retaining experts and investigators, and the first appearance before a judge.

The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission has submitted the proposals to the state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has updated its regulations of toxic chemicals in industrial air emissions.

The agency says the changes will make the rules clearer and less burdensome for companies with emissions that don't endanger the public.

They'll also make the DEQ's assessments of chemical toxicity levels more open.

The update completes a review of Michigan's air permitting rules that began when Gov. Rick Snyder appointed an advisory committee in 2011.

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Michigan lawmakers are poised to approve legislation that would set standards for the emerging telemedicine industry.

A bill up for a final vote Tuesday in the state Senate would require medical providers to obtain a patient's consent before providing telehealth services from a distance rather than meeting a patient in person.

Other provisions would prescribe standards and allow the state to promulgate telehealth rules.

Physicians increasingly are using a webcam so a patient can consult with them, including through the use of Bluetooth-connected medical devices.

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The Legislature is going to work on toughening standards for lead in drinking water.

State Senator Jim Ananich says Michigan has a unique role to play in the aftermath of the Flint water crisis. He wants stricter rules to gradually reduce allowable lead levels with a goal of zero exposure to lead.