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Allegations of sexual harassment have cost State Sen. Peter Lucido (R-Shelby Township) his committee chairmanship.

The Senate opened an investigation in January after a reporter said Lucido made a sexist comment to her in front of a group of high school boys.

A female senator then accused him of sexually harassing her. A woman who works for a trade group made similar allegations.

Senator Peter Lucido
Senator Peter Lucido

A Republican state lawmaker faces a formal investigation into whether he sexually harassed a young journalist.

According to her account published in Michigan Advance, Allison Donahue was standing outside the Senate chamber with a group of high school boys from Senator Pete Lucido’s (R-Shelby Township) district.

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Today on Stateside, what the story about a state senator's alleged sexual harassment of a female journalist says about Capitol culture. Plus, a look at where Michigan's recyclables are going, two years after China stopped accepting U.S. waste.

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Michigan State Senator Peter Lucido (R-Shelby Township) has received national attention for an off-the-cuff comment he made to a female journalist from the Michigan Advance outside the Senate chamber on Tuesday.

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Today on Stateside, we heard about the latest update on a lawsuit filed in 2015 on behalf of the tens of thousands of Michiganders wrongly accused of filing fraudulent unemployment claims. Plus, the new director of the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency talked about her plan to get more of Michigan's 600,000 vets connected to the benefits they need.

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A bill (S.B. 110) is working its way through the legislature that would help incapacitated adults whose caretakers are cutting them off from family and friends.

The bill would allow a court to appoint a guardian for the limited purpose of supervising the incapacitated individual's access to people they want to see or talk to.

Paul Ajegba (right) talks with people before Tuesday's Senate Advice and Consent committee meeting.
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The man picked to implement Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s main campaign promise to “fix the damn roads” was grilled by state senators Tuesday.

Paul Ajegba has been with the Michigan Department of Transportation for nearly three decades. He was picked by the governor in December to serve as MDOT director. 

He told the Senate Advice and Consent committee that Michigan’s poor roads are a result of a history of temporary fixes to stretch state tax dollars. Ajegba noted Michigan has ranked near the bottom for per capita spending on roads.

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This week, a state Senate committee will take up legislation to put limits on police seizures of private property.

Under current law, police agencies in Michigan can take property from criminal suspects, even if they are never convicted of a crime.    

There’s legislation in both the Michigan House and Senate that would require a conviction to seize property, including cars and other valuables worth less than $50,000.

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Parents would be free to monitor the communications of their minor children under a bill that overwhelmingly passed in the Michigan House today by a vote of 105-3.

Under current law, a parent could be charged with a felony for snooping on a child's phone. The bill would add a parental exemption to Michigan's prohibition against eavesdropping.