capitol http://michiganradio.org en Hundreds gather for pro-gun rally at state Capitol http://michiganradio.org/post/hundreds-gather-pro-gun-rally-state-capitol <p>Hundreds of people came to the state Capitol today to voice their support for pro-gun legislation.</p><p>Many openly carried firearms, which is allowed in and around the Capitol building.</p><p>Jim Gulliksen is with the Michigan Militia Corps of Wolverines.</p><p>He says he’s happy that state lawmakers have taken up a number of pro-gun bills recently.</p><p>“Lansing has shown some trends lately to reduce some of the restrictions, as far as like the pistol purchase permit and some of the controls on where you can carry weapons. We do like to see that.”</p><p>There are several gun-related bills in the Michigan Legislature. Very few have moved out of committee so far this year.<br><br>Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville says things like road funding and other budget issues are more pressing.</p><p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 19:46:15 +0000 Jake Neher 11785 at http://michiganradio.org Hundreds gather for pro-gun rally at state Capitol Snyder prepares State of the State delivery http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-prepares-state-state-delivery <p><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/rick-snyder">Governor Snyder</a> is <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-prepares-second-state-state-address">preparing to deliver his second State of the State address</a> tonight. Snyder will deliver the address from the House floor at the Capitol building in Lansing and preparations for the evening are already underway, the Grand Rapids Press <a href="http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2012/01/state_of_the_state_pomp_circum.html">reports</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Crews already are working to reconfigure the House floor, which is the largest room in the Capitol and normally serves as the workplace for 110 state representatives and some staff members.</p><p>For the speech, representatives are allowed to bring a guest &ndash; typically a relative or community leader &ndash; and are joined by the members of the state Senate, the Supreme Court and department heads. Once you add 100 members of the media, the crowd comes to about 600. It fills the chamber&rsquo;s floor, gallery and two adjoining rooms, said Ari Adler, spokesman for House Speaker Jase Bolger, R-Marshall. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s not for the claustrophobic,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>The representatives&rsquo; desks don&rsquo;t move easily, tethered electronically for voting and communications, so workers are expected to spend much of the day removing other furniture and bringing in chairs to accommodate guests and dignitaries.</p></blockquote><p>And, what should we expect to hear from the Governor? Rick Pluta <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-prepares-second-state-state-address">reported </a>from Lansing earlier this week that the Governor says he will use this year&#39;s address to report back to the Legislature and the citizens of Michigan on the <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/state-state-2011">state&rsquo;s progress over the past year</a>. &quot;The governor promises the speech will be a frank assessment of where his goal of &lsquo;reinventing Michigan&rsquo; stands. The governor says people can expect fewer new initiatives for the Legislature to tackle this year in his second <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/state-state-2011">State of the State</a> address. He says more of the focus will be on how he intends to manage the executive branch of state government,&quot; Pluta explains.</p><p><em>Michigan Radio will have live, special coverage of the address, including analysis of the speech and a Democratic response, beginning tonight at 7 p.m.</em> Wed, 18 Jan 2012 11:33:57 +0000 Zoe Clark 5833 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder prepares State of the State delivery A look at the week in state politics http://michiganradio.org/post/look-week-state-politics <p>Michigan Radio&#39;s All Things Considered host Jennifer White takes a look at state politics with Susan Demas, Political Analyst for Michigan Information Research Service, and Ken Sikkema, former Republican state Senate Majority Leader and Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants. On tap: Benton Harbor&#39;s Emergency Financial Manger uses his new powers and the state Senate looks to cut state aid for K-12 schools and higher education. Fri, 22 Apr 2011 14:29:21 +0000 Jennifer White 2182 at http://michiganradio.org A look at the week in state politics State lawmakers return to Lansing http://michiganradio.org/post/state-lawmakers-return-lansing <p>Michigan lawmakers will be back at the state Capitol today after a two-week Spring break and it appears that their attention will turn to the state budget.</p><p>Budget-related subcommittees in both the House and Senate are <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/%28S%28ox4z3uil0krvdej1djljdtas%29%29/mileg.aspx?page=Calendars">scheduled to meet today</a>.</p><p>The state faces a projected budget deficit of around $1.5 billion for the fiscal year that begins October 1<sup>st</sup>. Governor Rick Snyder says he wants lawmakers to finish the budget by May 31<sup>st</sup>.</p><p>Many lawmakers, however, say they <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/pace-state-budget-talks-picking-lansing">don&rsquo;t think the budget process will be finished before this summer</a>. Tue, 12 Apr 2011 10:49:31 +0000 Zoe Clark 2034 at http://michiganradio.org State lawmakers return to Lansing U.S. House approves President Ford statue at Capitol http://michiganradio.org/post/us-house-approves-president-ford-statue-capitol <p>The U.S. House of Representatives <a href="http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/4733b6ddf71b47618d6fb56153f5a8a2/MI--Ford-Statue-Capitol/">has authorized a plan</a> to put a statue of President <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/geraldford">Gerald R. Ford</a> in the Capitol rotunda in Washington, D.C., <a href="http://upton.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=229235">according to Michigan Congressman Fred Upton</a>. Rep. Upton says all 14 of his colleagues in Michigan&rsquo;s Congressional delegation co-sponsored the resolution.</p><p>The measure now goes to the U.S. Senate for approval. The Associated Press reports:</p><blockquote><p>The statue would replace a statue of Michigan abolitionist Zachariah Chandler. Federal law lets each state display two statues in the Capitol at one time.</p><p>Upton says a presentation ceremony for the new statue is planned May 3.</p></blockquote><p>President Ford represented Michigan in the U.S. House of Representative before he became President Richard Nixon&rsquo;s vice president. Ford succeeded Nixon in 1974. Ford passed away in 2006. Representative Upton released the following statement on his <a href="http://upton.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=229235">website</a>:</p><blockquote><p><br /><font class="middlecopy"><font class="middlecopy">&ldquo;As one who has the honor and privilege of representing some of the very same people in southwest Michigan that President Ford did during his time in the House, it gives me great pleasure to witness this fitting tribute to Michigan&rsquo;s native son,&rdquo; said Upton.&nbsp; &ldquo;President Gerald Ford is a Michigan original and a model for all those called to public service.&nbsp; A seemingly ordinary American who unexpectedly found himself in the presidency at one of our nation&rsquo;s most tumultuous times, Gerald Ford led with honesty and integrity.&nbsp; By standing above the political fray, President Ford allowed a wounded nation to heal.&rdquo;</font></font> Tue, 15 Mar 2011 11:06:27 +0000 Zoe Clark 1652 at http://michiganradio.org U.S. House approves President Ford statue at Capitol Protests to continue at state Capitol http://michiganradio.org/post/protests-continue-state-capitol <p><a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/protests-lansing">More protests are expected this week</a> at the state Capitol as lawmakers continue to debate new rules for cities and school districts that run into trouble paying their bills.</p><p>The controversy is one of the first big showdowns between Republicans and Democrats this year over government reforms.</p><p>Unions and Democrats have pretty much given up on trying to stop the measures. They&rsquo;ve turned their efforts to limiting its scope to protect bargaining rights, as well as cap emergency manager salaries, and require them to periodically meet with the public &ndash; so far without any luck.</p><p>Doug Withey is a Teamsters bargainer.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Every community in the state, every governing body has an open meeting. Have the public involved with that. Nope. Not reasonable. Vote it down.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>But Republicans like Senate Majority Leader <a href="http://senate.michigan.gov/gop/senators/Richardville.asp?District=17">Randy Richardville</a> say an emergency takeover would be the last option after all else has failed.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;The intent of the legislation is to get into an emergency situation and fix it before it becomes a catastrophe.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Governor <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/snyder">Rick Snyder</a> says his goal is not more state takeovers.</p><blockquote><p>&nbsp;&ldquo;Anytime you have an emergency manager come in, that&rsquo;s a failure point. The best answer is to put in a better early-warning system &ndash; to figure out how to work with communities before they reach the point of needing a financial manager because a lot of things can be done in those earlier stages to avoid the issue and that&rsquo;s the best answer.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Right now, Richardville, Governor Snyder and Republicans have the numbers they need in the Legislature to prevail. Mon, 14 Mar 2011 10:48:31 +0000 Rick Pluta 1632 at http://michiganradio.org Protests to continue at state Capitol House lawmakers introduce 85 proposals, half-dozen resolutions http://michiganradio.org/post/house-lawmakers-introduce-85-proposals-half-dozen-resolutions <p>On the first day that Michigan lawmakers were allowed to submit legislative proposals, legislators in the state House introduced 85 bills and a half-dozen resolutions. As the Associated Press <a href="http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2011/01/michigan_house_introduces_85_b.html">reports</a>:</p><blockquote><p>The first bill introduced Thursday would repeal a surcharge on the Michigan Business Tax. It's likely to pass as part of a broader, still-developing plan to reshape business taxes. Other proposals would repeal Michigan's mandatory motorcycle helmet law in some circumstances and eliminate caps on the number of charter schools.</p></blockquote><p>State lawmakers <a href="http://www.michiganradionews.org/post/lawmakers-begin-new-legislative-session">began the 2011 legislative session</a> on Wednesday by taking the <a href="http://www.michiganradionews.org/post/new-and-returning-state-lawmakers-being-sworn-captiol">oath of office</a> and officially announcing new legislative leaders. Fri, 14 Jan 2011 11:51:01 +0000 Zoe Clark 884 at http://michiganradio.org House lawmakers introduce 85 proposals, half-dozen resolutions The 96th Legislature in headlines http://michiganradio.org/post/96th-legislature-headlines <p>Michigan <a href="http://michiganradionews.org/post/lawmakers-begin-new-legislative-session">lawmakers began the state's 96th legislative session</a> yesterday in Lansing.&nbsp; We take a quick look at what the headlines across the state have to say about the Legislature's first day:</p><ul><li><em>The new Legislature is now in session</em> - <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110113/NEWS06/101130568/1320/The-new-Legislature-is-now-in-session">The Detroit Free Press</a></li><li><em>Republicans take over Lansing</em> - <a href="http://detnews.com/article/20110113/POLITICS02/101130365/1024/POLITICS03/Republicans-take-over-Lansing">The Detroit News</a></li><li><em>Optimism grips Michigan Legislature on first day</em> - <a href="http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/20110113/NEWS04/101130330/Optimism-grips-Michigan-Legislature-on-first-day">Lansing State Journal</a></li><li><em>Budget, economy top themes as the 96th Michigan Legislature meet</em> - <a href="http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2011/01/budget_economy_top_themes_as_t.html">The Associated Press</a></li></ul><p>During their first day in session, lawmakers took the oath of office and elected legislative leaders. Thu, 13 Jan 2011 12:21:49 +0000 Zoe Clark 862 at http://michiganradio.org The 96th Legislature in headlines State lawmakers (new and old) return to the Capitol http://michiganradio.org/post/state-lawmakers-new-and-old-return-capitol <p>Michigan lawmakers return to Lansing this week. The new state legislature will be sworn in at the state Capitol.&nbsp;</p><p>Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber filed this report from Lansing:</p><blockquote><p>New and returning lawmakers will be greeted in Lansing by a nearly $2 billion budget deficit, and no new federal stimulus to help them fill the holes. Many new Republican lawmakers say they were elected to cut state spending and reduce the size of government. Republican leaders in both the House and Senate say local government revenue sharing could be on the line for deep cuts. The Legislature has several months to balance the budget. This week lawmakers will be sworn in, choose their seats on the floor, and establish rules of the chamber. Mon, 10 Jan 2011 12:42:35 +0000 Zoe Clark 808 at http://michiganradio.org State lawmakers (new and old) return to the Capitol After already calling it quits for the year... state lawmakers return to Lansing http://michiganradio.org/post/after-already-calling-it-quits-year-state-lawmakers-return-lansing <p>Leaders in the state legislature have <a href="http://michiganradionews.org/post/theyre-back-lawmakers-make-quick-trip-back-lansing">called lawmakers back</a> to the Capitol today for a final meeting of this year's legislative session. The news comes after lawmakers had <a href="http://www.michiganradionews.org/post/lame-duck-comes-close">called it quits</a> earlier this month. As Laura Weber of the Michigan Public Radio Network <a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/michigan/news.newsmain/article/0/1/1737805/Michigan.News/After.already.calling.it.quits.for.the.year....state.lawmakers.return.to.Lansing">reports</a>, lawmakers have to go back to Lansing to correct a few procedural mistakes from the earlier lame-duck session:</p><blockquote><p><span class="article-content"><span>The state Senate has a few bills sent back from the House for final approval, including a measure that would lower the minimum age for blood donation from 17 to 16. The House also needs to meet Wednesday to approve a resolution to adjourn for the year. But it's unclear if enough lawmakers can be wrangled on short notice to return to the state Capitol to vote.</span></span></p></blockquote><p><span class="article-content"><span>And, as The Associated Press <a href="http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2010/12/michigan_lawmakers_return_to_s.html">reports</a>:</span></span></p><blockquote><p>Lawmakers might enroll and send to Gov. Jennifer Granholm legislation allowing sale of the Michigan School for the Deaf site in Flint to a developer who wants to redevelop the property and keep the school open. Bills that would regulate billboards for sexually oriented businesses are among the others that need final approval or procedural votes before they can be sent to Granholm.</p></blockquote><p>It <a href="http://www.wndu.com/michigan/headlines/Michigan_Legislature_set_to_come_back_on_Wednesday_111821509.html">doesn't appear</a> that either chamber will take up controversial measures including <a href="http://michiganradionews.org/post/changes-may-be-coming-teacher-tenure-michigan">teacher-tenure reform</a> or insurance for autism treatments. Wed, 15 Dec 2010 12:54:36 +0000 Zoe Clark 596 at http://michiganradio.org After already calling it quits for the year... state lawmakers return to Lansing 'Lame Duck' comes to a close http://michiganradio.org/post/lame-duck-comes-close <p>Lawmakers worked throughout Thursday night and into early the early morning hours on Friday to complete their 2009-2010 <a href="http://michiganradionews.org/post/lame-ducks-convene-lansing">legislative session</a>.</p><p>Lawmakers approved $10 million dollars for the <a href="http://www.michigan.org/">'Pure Michigan'</a> advertising campaign.&nbsp; Governor Granholm <a href="http://michiganradionews.org/post/granholm-wants-pure-michigan-funding">had wanted</a> $25 million for the campaign. Democratic state Representative Dan Scripps said the deal could have been better:</p><blockquote><p>You know, we’ve put two options on the Senate’s desk, and the governor’s put a third one, and essentially they punted and raided from another pot and I just don’t think that’s the way to go. We can do better than this.</p></blockquote><p>Efforts to enact <a href="http://michiganradionews.org/post/changes-may-be-coming-teacher-tenure-michigan">teacher-tenure reforms</a> that would make it easier to fire teachers failed as did a law that would require insurance companies to cover autism treatments for children. Fri, 03 Dec 2010 11:39:34 +0000 Zoe Clark 447 at http://michiganradio.org 'Lame Duck' comes to a close State lawmakers return to Capitol this week http://michiganradio.org/post/state-lawmakers-return-capitol-week <p>State lawmakers return to the Capitol in Lansing this week as the 2009-2010 legislative session comes to a close.</p><p>Both the state House and Senate are scheduled to be in session.</p><p><span class="article-content"><span>The Associated Press <a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/michigan/news.newsmain/article/0/1/1730723/Michigan.News/Lawmakers.return.to.Capitol.this.week">reports</a>:</span></span></p><blockquote><p><span class="article-content"><span>Lawmakers might finalize a plan to distribute more than $300 million in federal money to Michigan schools.&nbsp; It's not clear if lawmakers will agree on a way to raise more money for the state's Pure Michigan tourism advertising program.</span></span> Mon, 29 Nov 2010 12:16:18 +0000 Zoe Clark 386 at http://michiganradio.org State lawmakers return to Capitol this week The "golden era" of state capitol building http://michiganradio.org/post/golden-era-state-capitol-building <p><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/staffgraham.html">Michigan Radio's Lester Graham</a> put together this slideshow about the construction of Michigan's State Capitol in Lansing. After the Civil War, many state capitols were built. Graham reports domes were a common feature to show allegiance to the Union (the dome on the U.S. Capitol was constructed during the civil war).</p><p><object classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" id="soundslider" height="365" width="425"><param name="movie" value="http://pod.michiganradio.org/slideshows/michiganradio/michigancapitol/soundslider.swf?size=1&amp;format=xml&amp;embed_width=425&amp;embed_height=365"><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"><param name="quality" value="high"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><param name="menu" value="false"><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF"><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="sameDomain" bgcolor="#FFFFFF" menu="false" quality="high" src="http://pod.michiganradio.org/slideshows/michiganradio/michigancapitol/soundslider.swf?size=1&amp;format=xml&amp;embed_width=425&amp;embed_height=365" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" height="365" width="425"></object> Mon, 15 Nov 2010 15:33:17 +0000 Mark Brush 321 at http://michiganradio.org The "golden era" of state capitol building Richardville likely to take top spot among state Senators http://michiganradio.org/post/richardville-likely-take-top-spot-among-state-senators <p><span class="messageBody">It appears that Republican state Senator <a href="http://www.senate.michigan.gov/gop/senators/richardville.asp?District=17">Randy Richardville</a>, who represents Michigan&#39;s <a href="http://www.senate.michigan.gov/gop/senators/district.asp?District=17">17th Senate District</a>, will be the state&#39;s next Senate Majority Leader.&nbsp; On it&#39;s Facebook page, the Gongwer News Service says, &quot;Richardville is assured election... as incoming Senator John Pross will drop out of the race.&quot;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 05 Nov 2010 17:13:23 +0000 Zoe Clark 283 at http://michiganradio.org Richardville likely to take top spot among state Senators