UPDATE: 5:50PM: Governor Snyder says he has signed the Right to Work legislation into law. The Governor made the announcement at a press conference at 5:45pm. Watch News 10 tonight for more on the signing of Right to Work legislation in Michigan.
UPDATE: 1:40PM: LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- The Michigan Legislature has given final approval to a contentious right-to-work plan limiting the power of unions, sending it to Republican Gov. Rick Snyder for his expected signature.
The GOP-controlled House passed two bills Tuesday that were previously approved by the Senate. One dealt with public-sector workers and another focused on the private sector. Both chambers had approved a version of the private sector bill last week.
Snyder says he expects to sign the plan as early as Wednesday.
The labor stronghold of Michigan would become the 24th right-to-work state, banning requirements that nonunion employees pay unions for negotiating contracts and other services.
Passage followed numerous unsuccessful challenges from Democrats as well as raucous protests inside and outside the Capitol from thousands of pro-union demonstrators.
UPDATE: 12:05 PM House Bill 4003, dealing with Right To Work for public sector employees, has passed the MI House by a vote of 58-51.
State troopers armed with tear gas canisters, pepper spray and batons are among dozens of officers guarding the Capitol in Lansing as the right-to-work battle heats up in Michigan.
About 20 troopers alone were assembled in front the House chamber doors on Tuesday as protesters gathered in the rotunda area and hallways in anticipation that lawmakers would finalize divisive right-to-work legislation.
Stomping protesters chanted, "No justice. No Peace" and "Shut it down."
Several of the troopers in front of the House doors were armed with tear gas canisters, pepper spray and batons.
News 10's Lindsay Veremis reports that the House is voting on 2 separate bills. One was originally a House Bill and deals with public workers. The other is originally a senate bill that deals with private workers. The Senate already voted on both of those bills. The House just needs to concur.
10am: House goes into session. The House Speaker's Press Secretary, Ari Adler, says the House will be taking the "Freedom to Work" bills up earlier rather than later in the session.
The state Capitol in Lansing is filling with demonstrators, as the House and Senate get set to resume work on so-called right-to-work legislation.
Crowds of protesters are shouting slogans such as "No Justice, no peace" and "Hey hey, ho ho, right to work has got to go." The hallways and rotunda area are protected by dozens of state police armed with riot clubs.
Spectators lined up in the dark Tuesday morning before the building opened, shouting and stomping their feet in below-freezing temperatures.
Four large inflatable toy rats were set up on the Capitol lawn. They bore the names of Gov. Rick Snyder, House Speaker Jase Bolger, Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville and Dick DeVos, a Grand Rapids businessman whom union leaders believe is pushing the right-to-work bills.
Michigan State House of Representatives 'Right to Work' Coverage with Lindsay Veremis