Twenty-eight new lawmakers are joining the Michigan Legislature on the first day of the next two-year session.
Early forecasts suggest that the political climate at the Michigan Capitol will be chilly when lawmakers return to Lansing this month.
It may take days, weeks or even longer to sort out the avalanche of bills enacted in the Michigan Legislature’s lame-duck session, as majority Republicans put their stamp on policies dealing with topics as diverse as property taxes, medical marijuana and cockfighting.
Bills that strengthen penalties for organized animal fighting have been signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder.
Michigan lawmakers have passed a bill that would ban cellphone use by new drivers.
Democrats in the Michigan Senate first declined, then decided to give majority Republicans enough votes to make changes sought to the voter-approved medical marijuana law.
The Republican-controlled Michigan House on Wednesday approved a replacement for an emergency manager law struck down by voters in the November election.
“This would definitely galvanize union leadership,” said Art Schwartz, a retired General Motors labor negotiator. “Like any other group, some people get involved, some people don’t, but I think you’re going to see the unions fight this every way they can.”
Michigan is just days away from becoming the nation’s 25th right-to-work state — now that a set of controversial bills have passed their first hurdles in the Republican controlled legislature.
There’s a push in Lansing to keep young drivers off the phone when they’re behind the wheel.